NEW YORK (AP) - Comments on the Atlanta Falcons by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
ATLANTA FALCONS (3)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 5) - Have this close win thing down.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 8) - Better to have 10 wins and skeptics, than fewer wins and more praise.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 2)
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 2) - Seven of their 10 wins have been by 7 points or less, another team that knows how to get to the finish line.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 3) - Another comeback win for Matt Ryan in a game that just about finishes off the NFC South race. Even so, Falcons need to worry about their running game. Might catch up to them at some point.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 2) - The Falcons have had to rally from fourth-quarter deficits to win their last two games. Atlanta now has four fourth-quarter comeback victories this season on the way to a 10-1 record.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 2) - So the Falcons play up or down to the competition. They win. Now the question is: Can they win in January?
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 2) - If the game's close in crunch time, Matty Ice will find a way.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 3) - The Falcons answered the doubters with a road win in Tampa against an offense that was averaging 34 points a game for the last six weeks.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 2) - The Bucs tested the Falcons, who keep "living on the edge."
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 5) - The Falcons are the first team since the 2006 Indianapolis Colts to have won seven games by seven points or less. That won't earn the Falcons style points but, like with the Colts, it does move them closer to a Super Bowl berth.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 6) - They can have the NFC South clinched by Sunday if they win Thursday and the Bucs lose to the Broncos.
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