How the Atlanta Falcons Matchup Against the Current NFC Playoff Contenders

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How the Atlanta Falcons Matchup Against the Current NFC Playoff Contenders
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We're two weeks away from the start of the NFL's "second season", the place where these 2012 Falcons can finally exorcise their demons from the last two postseasons.  A couple of weeks ago, we gave you a look at the Best and Worst Case Playoff Scenarios for Atlanta.  The NFC playoff picture has changed quite a bit since then, and so has the Falcons' playoff outlook. 

This slideshow will look at each of the current NFC playoff contenders and examine reasons why they could be a good matchup for Atlanta, while also offering arguments as to why every team could beat the Falcons. 

It should be noted that although teams like the Rams and Saints are still mathematically alive, we're only considering NFC teams with records of .500 or better for this analysis (sorry "Who-Dat Nation").  This analysis also presumes that the Falcons will win one of their last two games and clinch the NFC's top seed.

We will also look at how each team could qualify for the playoffs, and where they could eventually play the Falcons in January.  Let's get started.  #RiseUp

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