Many didnt see it coming two years ago when the Falcons went 13-3 and earned the NFCs top playoff seed for only the second time in franchise history.
This time, its different. Only six weeks into the season and in the midst of their bye week, the Falcons appear as if home field advantage throughout the playoffs is virtually theirs to lose.
They stand to reap the benefits of starting the season 6-0, even while they showing some warts in the last three games. Unlike college football where teams must impress voters to have a shot at the national championship, there are no style points in the NFL and confidence tends to snowball.
Owing to a transformation the Falcons underwent over the last couple of seasons, starting with drafting wide receiver Julio Jones in 2011, they would greatly help their cause to win the NFCs top playoff seed. In the past, the Falcons played more of the style of a cold-weather team. They tried to win the time-of-possession battle and battered opponents with r...