NFL Power Rankings 2012: Falcons still No. 2

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After securing the NFC South, the Atlanta Falcons are SB Nation's No. 2 team in the latest and greatest power rankings.

Though the Atlanta Falcons haven't always dominated each game they've won this season, they're still 11-1 -- and clinched the NFC South with their Week 13 win over the New Orleans Saints.

It's tough to argue with a division title and an 11-1 record through the first 13 weeks of the season, and that's exactly why the Atlanta Falcons find themselves ranked second in SB Nation's latest and greatest power rankings.

Joel Thorman, SB Nation's NFL power ranking guru, expects the Falcons to lock up home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs shortly.

They should be wrapping up home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs in a few weeks. A win this weekend over Carolina will secure a first-round bye.

Atlanta has just four games remaining in the regular season, and will take on the Carolina Panthers in Week 14 like Thorman noted. After that, the Falcons have dates against the New York Giants, Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Though Atlanta's playoff seeding is close to sealed, the Falcons could impact the NFC playoff picture in Weeks 15 and 17, when they take on the Giants and Bucs.

The Falcons could move up to No. 1 in next week's rankings, as the Falcons take on the Panthers, while SB Nation's No. 1 team, the Texans, take on the New England Patriots.

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