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With Jones out, are Falcons done?

The hits just keep coming for the Atlanta Falcons. Two days after losing at home to the New York Jets, the worries about receiver Julio Jones' health were confirmed; the Pro Bowler will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury. Suddenly, these Super Bowl-contending birds are 1-4, missing one top WR and about to lose another one for at least a little time. Should the Falcons backtrack on their Tony Gonzalez stance and pack it in for the year?

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  • Should the Falcons tank the season and play for a high draft pick?

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  • Will Mike Smith coach the Falcons in 2014?

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  • Should the Falcons trade Tony Gonzalez?

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  • Which team has been more disappointing?

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Calvin Johnson set the single-season receiving yards record in 2012, while also leading the league in receptions, yards per game and first downs. But he's far from the only elite receiver out there. Ten players had 1,350 receiving yards or more. Nine wideouts hauled in double-digit touchdowns. How do they stack up against each other as the 2013 season nears? Click the images below to set your rankings!

Rank 'Em: MVP | QBs | RBs | TEs | DLs | LBs | DBs | Offensive ROY | Defensive ROY

NFL wide receivers

Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola

Patriots
2012: 63 rec, 666 yds, 3 TDs

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant

Cowboys
2012: 92 rec, 1,382 yds, 12 TDs

Randall Cobb

Randall Cobb

Packers
2012: 80 rec, 954 yds, 8 TDs

Marques Colston

Marques Colston

Saints
2012: 83 rec, 1,154 yds, 10 TDs

Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz

Giants
2012: 86 rec, 1,092 yds, 10 TDs

Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald

Cardinals
2012: 71 rec, 798 yds, 4 TDs

A.J. Green

A.J. Green

Bengals
2012: 97 rec, 1,350 yds, 11 TDs

Percy Harvin

Percy Harvin

Seahawks
2012: 62 rec, 677 yds, 3 TDs

Vincent Jackson

Vincent Jackson

Buccaneers
2012: 72 rec, 1,384 yds, 8 TDs

Andre Johnson

Andre Johnson

Texans
2012: 112 rec, 1,598 yds, 4 TDs

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

Lions
2012: 122 rec, 1,964 yds, 5 TDs

Julio Jones

Julio Jones

Falcons
2012: 79 rec, 1,198 yds, 10 TDs

Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall

Bears
2012: 118 rec, 1,508 yds, 11 TDs

Jordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson

Packers
2012: 49 rec, 745 yds, 7 TDs

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Panthers
2012: 73 rec, 1,174 yds, 4 TDs

Demaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas

Broncos
2012: 94 rec, 1,434 yds, 10 TDs

Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace

Dolphins
2012: 64 rec, 836 yds, 8 TDs

Reggie Wayne

Reggie Wayne

Colts
2012: 106 rec, 1,355 yds, 5 TDs

Wes Welker

Wes Welker

Broncos
2012: 118 rec, 1,354 yds, 6 TDs

Roddy White

Roddy White

Falcons
2012: 92 rec, 1,351 yds, 7 TDs

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Calvin Johnson set the single-season receiving yards record in 2012, while also leading the league in receptions, yards per game and first downs. Wes Welker was tops for most yards after the catch, whereas Vincent Jackson took the crown in average yards per catch. ESPN NFL analyst and Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter named Johnson as the league's best wide receiver, but do you agree? Click the images below to set your rankings!

NFL wide receivers

Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola

Patriots
2012: 63 rec, 666 yds, 3 TDs

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant

Cowboys
2012: 92 rec, 1,382 yds, 12 TDs

Randall Cobb

Randall Cobb

Packers
2012: 80 rec, 954 yds, 8 TDs

Marques Colston

Marques Colston

Saints
2012: 83 rec, 1,154 yds, 10 TDs

Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz

Giants
2012: 86 rec, 1,092 yds, 10 TDs

Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald

Cardinals
2012: 71 rec, 798 yds, 4 TDs

A.J. Green

A.J. Green

Bengals
2012: 97 rec, 1,350 yds, 11 TDs

Percy Harvin

Percy Harvin

Seahawks
2012: 62 rec, 677 yds, 3 TDs

Vincent Jackson

Vincent Jackson

Buccaneers
2012: 72 rec, 1,384 yds, 8 TDs

Andre Johnson

Andre Johnson

Texans
2012: 112 rec, 1,598 yds, 4 TDs

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

Lions
2012: 122 rec, 1,964 yds, 5 TDs

Julio Jones

Julio Jones

Falcons
2012: 79 rec, 1,198 yds, 10 TDs

Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall

Bears
2012: 118 rec, 1,508 yds, 11 TDs

Jordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson

Packers
2012: 49 rec, 745 yds, 7 TDs

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Panthers
2012: 73 rec, 1,174 yds, 4 TDs

Demaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas

Broncos
2012: 94 rec, 1,434 yds, 10 TDs

Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace

Dolphins
2012: 64 rec, 836 yds, 8 TDs

Reggie Wayne

Reggie Wayne

Colts
2012: 106 rec, 1,355 yds, 5 TDs

Wes Welker

Wes Welker

Broncos
2012: 118 rec, 1,354 yds, 6 TDs

Roddy White

Roddy White

Falcons
2012: 92 rec, 1,351 yds, 7 TDs

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We may not have the Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning matchup in the AFC Championship Game much of SportsNation wanted to see, but both championship games are loaded with talent. Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez are hoping to end their careers on top, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is two games away from winning a Super Bowl in his 10th career start, and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's 0-for-3 record in the playoffs is history after a thrilling 30-28 victory over the Seahawks. How do the best players remaining in the NFL playoffs stack up? Click the images to vote.

Super Bowl XLVII players

John Abraham

John Abraham

Falcons DE

Anquan Boldin

Anquan Boldin

Ravens WR

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Patriots QB

Michael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree

49ers WR

Vernon Davis

Vernon Davis

49ers TE

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco

Ravens QB

Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez

Falcons TE

Frank Gore

Frank Gore

49ers RB

Julio Jones

Julio Jones

Falcons WR

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

49ers QB

Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis

Ravens LB

Brandon Lloyd

Brandon Lloyd

Patriots WR

Jerod Mayo

Jerod Mayo

Patriots LB

Dennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta

Ravens TE

Ray Rice

Ray Rice

Ravens RB

Stevan Ridley

Stevan Ridley

Patriots RB

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Falcons QB

Aldon Smith

Aldon Smith

49ers LB

Torrey Smith

Torrey Smith

Ravens WR

Michael Turner

Michael Turner

Falcons RB

Wes Welker

Wes Welker

Patriots WR

Roddy White

Roddy White

Falcons WR

Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis

49ers LB

Danny Woodhead

Danny Woodhead

Patriots RB

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