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In the post-Tony Gonzalez era, the Atlanta Falcons will tone down their touchdown celebrations

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Fact: Kemal Ishmael likes hugs, but he doesn't give them out for free

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The Falcons did their fair share touchdown celebration in their drubbing of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. From Devin Hester's high stepping to Kemal Ishmael's high flying, Maddenesque touchdown leap, it was fun to watch. It's something we're familiar with, after watching Tony Gonzalez slam dunk touchdown reception after touchdown reception. But going forward, that's something Mike Smith wants his players to limit.

"I just was told not to dive in the end zone," Ishmael said with a smile. "I watched it a million times. It was my first one; I was just happy for it. I was trying to do a little Madden thing, but it didn't work out. When you score on Madden, you can dive into the end zone and get all crazy high in the air."

There are situations where celebration is absolutely warranted. Take Hester's record-breaking return - how do you not celebrate there? But the run-of-the-mill, par for the course touchdown celebrations won't be tolerated by Smith. He's so afraid of costly penalties that this just might stick. If anything, it's an indication of his overall mentality this season; he's leaving no stone unturned.

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