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Key Injuries Send Falcons, Packers Off Cliff

Ryan (Kevin Hoffman - USA Today Sports)

What should have been a battle of NFC kingpins is now a matchup of teams searching for answers. The Falcons almost got to the Super Bowl last year but have seen their season dissolve amid close losses and major injuries. Coach Mike Smith and quarterback Matt Ryan discuss their predicament.

The NFL is a fickle business. The Green Bay Packers are proof of that, with Aaron Rodgers' broken collarbone sabotaging a promising season. The Atlanta Falcons, who visit the Packers on Sunday, have seen their fortunes change in a relative blink of the eye, as well. In last year's NFC Championship Game, the Falcons led the 49ers 17-0 barely 15 minutes into the game. The 49ers rallied to take...

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