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The X-factors of the NFC playoffs

Ted Ginn Jr. is the playoff X-factor for 49ers

The six-team NFC playoff field is loaded with veritable stars on both sides of the football, but it's often lesser-known players who climb into the spotlight and make a difference during the postseason. Here's one key individual on each team who could tip the scales – the "X-Factors" who promise to make their presence felt on the playoff stage.

Atlanta Falcons To win in the NFL playoffs, you need two things. One, you need a quarterback. Two, you need the players to stop the quarterback. That's why the Falcons have a chance to make some noise in these playoffs after being one-and-done in their past two trips under coach Mike Smith. The Falcons have one of the most underrated cornerbacks in the game in Brent Grimes, who entered the league... Recommended Stories

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