Originally written January 18, 2013 on Gridiron Grit:
Finally, the NFC is down to the two final teams that many had been anticipating for quite some time. While I had the Niners getting bounced last week just like I had back in the preseason, I still believed the Falcons would find a way to get the job done. They have done just that and now they have to take on arguably the best team in all of football. Their defense is flat out dirty with four superstars earning All-Pro honors. Defensive tackle Justin Smith is not one of the four with his battle of partially torn triceps (he did make Second Team All-Pro), but Aldon Smith is still one of the biggest freaks of the NFL. Throw in Patrick Willis, Navarro Bowman and Dashon Goldson at safety, and there really is not much of a weak link on this squad. The secondary has been prone to giving up a chunk of long passing plays, but they have plenty of stars to make plays on the ball. Carlos Rogers is an All-Pro caliber of a corner and he would have made the team had it not been for the type of sea...
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