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2012 NFL Power Rankings: Falcons consensus No. 2 team in NFL

SB Nation, ESPN and CBS Sports are in agreement: the Atlanta Falcons are the No. 2 team in the National Football League after 13 weeks.

Kevin C. Cox

The Atlanta Falcons clinched the NFC South in Week 13 with their win over the New Orleans Saints, improving to 11-1 on the season in the process.

As one of two teams at 11-1 in the NFL, it's expected that the Falcons are at or near the top of all the power rankings -- and that's exactly where they stand.

Over at ESPN, the Falcons are the No. 2 team in the league, behind the Houston Texans. Mike Sando warns that the Falcons have played the league's easiest schedule, en route to their 11-1 record.

CBS Sports has Atlanta ranked second, once again, behind the Texans. Pete Prisco notes that Atlanta's defense deserves credit, as the Falcons have forced Drew Brees and Peyton Manning to throw eight interceptions.

Here at SB Nation, the Falcons are the No. 2 team. Joel Thorman expects the Falcons to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs, and notes that Atlanta can clinch a bye week with a win in Week 14.

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