NFL Playoff Predictions: Why Underrated Falcons Could Make a Super Bowl Run

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NFL Playoff Predictions: Why Underrated Falcons Could Make a Super Bowl Run
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The Atlanta Falcons are flying high under the NFL's radar in 2011.

The Falcons are one of the most well-balanced teams in the league and are highly dangerous if they make the playoffs. They are currently ninth in passing, 18th in rushing, 17th against the pass, and fourth against the rush.

Atlanta's overall rankings are quite deceiving. The passing game includes the likes of Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez. Matt Ryan and all of these targets can be lethal. When you add on Michael Turner, the NFL's fourth leading rusher, and the Falcons' running game, the Atlanta offense is one of the best in the country.

The defense of the Falcons has drastically improved in 2011. They are capable of shutting down any opponent's run game, and can play well against the pass.

The coaching in Atlanta is led by Mike Smith, and he has one of the best staffs in the league.

With all of these tools, the Atlanta Falcons could easily make a Super Bowl run. Let's look at six reasons why the Falcons could be Super Bowl XLVI Champions. 

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