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Jon DeNunzio
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Jon DeNunzio

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Falcons: Vulnerable Through the Air?

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Quick, who were the last two teams to beat the Atlanta Falcons?

It's been a few weeks, so it's understandable if you don't remember. The answer: The Saints (29-25 winners at home in Week 14) and the Broncos (24-20 winners at the Georgia Dome in Week 11).

And what do those two teams have in common? How about high-octane passing attacks, led by elite NFL quarterbacks in Drew Brees and Jay Cutler?

Going in to Week 17, Brees led the league in passing yards and Cutler was third. The guy with the second-most yards will line up against the Falcons this weekend - Kurt Warner.

I'm not saying Warner will light up the Falcons. In fact, Brees and Cutler didn't light up the Falcons. But they ran effective, balanced offenses on those days - and without reviewing the game tapes, I'll wager that the threat of the pass opened up the running game for both teams.

Could Warner and Co. pull off the same trick? Well, when you factor in Matt Ryan's playoff debut and Warner's experience ... maybe. I won't say the Cardinals are going to win, but their passing game is so dangerous that this very well could be closer than many expect.

By Jon DeNunzio  |  December 29, 2008; 7:57 AM ET  | Category:  Atlanta Falcons Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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