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Why Falcons are NFC's best

What you should know about the probable NFC No. 1 seed

Updated: December 4, 2010, 10:20 AM ET
By David Fleming | ESPN The Magazine
Matt RyanScott Cunningham/Getty ImagesMatt Ryan's Atlanta Falcons may be the best team in the NFC.

When Lions coach Jim Schwartz was the defensive coordinator in Tennessee, he used to tell me all the time: In the NFL sometimes the best, and smartest, thing you can be is boring. What he meant by that was everyone wants flash -- TD bombs, nasty sacks, high-scoring games and non-stop locker room chatter -- but in a league with so much competitive balance, where one or two mistakes will cost you most games, the best teams are usually the most boring.

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