Found May 24, 2012 on Football Nation:
If nothing else, 2011 brought a massive power shift in the NFC. Just last offseason, the Saints were sure-fire favorites… and the San Francisco 49ers? Come on. Now the NFC, with exception given to those 49ers, is full of question marks. Many even question the New York Giants' (reigning Super Bowl champion) chances come next fall. The Atlanta Falcons have been a competitive squad since drafting star quarterback Matt Ryan in 2008; they are looking to make the jump to supremacy in 2012. Considering the teams that have already made the leap, this is prime time for Atlanta to take center stage. Of the seven teams that won a playoff game in 2011, three had top 10 offenses (yards per game). Five were ranked in the top 15. The other two are Denver and San Francisco; teams that often left games in the hands of their defense. Atlanta was ranked in the top 10 in virtually every offensive category;10thin yards per game,  7th in scoring offense,  6th in third-down efficiency and 6th ...
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