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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...

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