Following the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal during the offseason, the Atlanta Falcons were pegged as the favorites to win the NFC South. They had finished second in 2011 and were set to take the reigns as division champions this year.

That is exactly what they have done, clinching the division back in Week 13. At 11-2 they currently own the best record in the NFC and are considered by some as the best team in football.

Atlanta has been playing some very good football this season and they have a five-game lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their division. They are also just two wins away from the No. 1 seed in the NFC and a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Record wise they seem like the obvious pick to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Getting to the big game is not easy, however, and the Falcons need to show a lot more before they can be considered contenders.

Here are five reasons why they will choke in the playoffs.