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    Another bad year for NFL’s No. 1 seeds

    Dunta Robinson and the top-seeded Falcons failed to reach the Super Bowl.
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    Dunta Robinson and the top-seeded Falcons failed to reach the Super Bowl.

    For just the eighth time since the 1970 merger, the top seed from each conference failed to reach the Super Bowl. The Falcons have been part of three of those failures for the NFC.

    1971

    AFC: Kansas City (10-3-1), Lost to Miami, 27-24 (2 OT) in the divisional round

    NFC: Minnesota (11-3), Lost to Dallas, 20-12 in the divisional round

    1979

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    AFC: San Diego (12-4), Lost to Houston, 17-14 in the divisional round

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    NFC: Dallas (11-5), Lost to LA Rams, 21-19 in the divisional round

    1980

    AFC: San Diego (11-5), Lost to Oakland, 34-27 in the conference final

    NFC: Atlanta (12-4), Lost to Dallas, 30-27 in the divisional round

    1992

    AFC: Pittsburgh (11-5), Lost to Buffalo, 24-3 in the divisional round

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    NFC: San Francisco (14-2), Lost to Dallas, 30-20 in the conference final

    1997

    AFC: Kansas City (13-3), Lost to Denver, 14-10 in the divisional round

    NFC: San Francisco (13-3), Lost to Green Bay, 23-10 in the conference final

    2008

    AFC: Tennessee (13-3), Lost to Baltimore, 13-10 in the divisional round

    NFC: NY Giants (12-4), Lost to Philadelphia, 23-11 in the divisional round

    2010

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    AFC: New England (14-2), Lost to NY Jets, 28-21 in the divisional round

    NFC: Atlanta (13-3), Lost to Green Bay, 48-21 in the divisional round

    2012

    AFC: Denver (13-3), Lost to Baltimore, 38-35 (2 OT) in the divisional round

    NFC: Atlanta (13-3), Lost to San Francisco, 28-24 in the conference final