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Falcons Vs. Giants, 2012 NFL Playoff Picks: Streakiness All Around Creates A Tough Prediction

One is a wildly inconsistent team whose offense has shown the ability to put up high points in quick bursts or inexplicably fall silent, with a defense talented enough to take over games but capable of being gashed, as they were during losses early in the season. And the other team is the Atlanta Falcons.

There are a ton of similarities between New York and Atlanta heading into Sunday's Wild Card game. Both teams have seen their share of head-scratching performances, and both have caught offensive fire in December. Which team capitalizes on their respective streakiness is still an unknown, but SB Nation NFL editor Joel Thorman is "leaning towards Atlanta:"

The Falcons are one of the most balanced teams in the league. They're not the best in the NFL in any one area but they're not the worst either. The Falcons are ranked 11th offensively and 16th defensively. Michael Turner's production is down slightly but he's still an important piece of the puzzle on offense, as is Matt Ryan.

This is a tough game to pick because neither team truly stands out. In the end. I'm leaning toward Atlanta.

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