NEW YORK (AP) Comments on the Atlanta Falcons by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
ATLANTA FALCONS (2)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 3) - Ending Drew Brees' streak a major feather in cap on way to division title.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 6) - Banking win after win all season, the No. 1 seed should be theirs.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 2)
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 2) - All they do is win despite the criticism about their inability to win in the postseason, as if that matters now.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 2) - Statement game for the Falcons, who beat the only team they lost to this season and did it in convincing fashion, sending the Saints to only their third loss to Atlanta in the Drew Brees era.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 2) - The Falcons receiving corps leads the NFL with 11 individual 100-yard receiving games this season. They only had 12 all of last year.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 1) - Biggest obstacle no longer is New Orleans; it's the danger of complacency. This last month is all about staying focused.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 2) - Everyone keeps looking for cracks, but they keep winning the close ones.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 2) - Another 11-1 team with postseason questions. Until then the record speaks for itself.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 2) - Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is coaching his tail off and this D is making great QB's look confused. Ask Drew Brees.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 4) - Thanks to San Francisco's upset loss to St. Louis, the Falcons are guaranteed home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with two more victories in their final four games.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 4) - They may be the least respected 11-1 team in history. Can anybody figure out why that is?