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Part One of Public Enemy #1: Conference Championship Game Edition Goes to Patrick Willis

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Hello all and welcome to a segment called Public Enemy #1. If this is the first time you’re reading my work it’s where I look at a key defensive player that an opposing team has and he has to be stopped no matter what the cost to raise the chances of winning and it’s considered a badge of honor to get this award.

This week is no exception to it as I gave it to San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker, Patrick Wills who has exceptional closing speed and a ferocious tackling abilities. This season, Willis had 88 tackles with a half of a sack and two interceptions, while it doesn’t sound like much, just remember who else is on this linebacker corps, Aldon Smith and NaVorro Bowman, and they are also excellent linebackers and Willis leads the charge of them all.

If the Atlanta Falcons can take Willis out of the middle of the field of the 49ers, their passing attack will flourish inside the loud Georgia Dome. Especially with sure fire Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez as one of quarterback Matt Ryan‘s primary targets that he locks on frequently. The Falcons’ best strategy to take Willis out of the play would be send someone like Jacquizz Rodgers out over the middle of the field in order to keep Willis moving constantly to  eventually tire him out so his hitting power would gradually go down.

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