Falcons Could End as High as the Two Seed, Low as the Sixth Seed

From: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Falcons are in the playoffs, but who and where they will play has yet to be determined.

The Falcons can still win the NFC South division, finish as the No. 2 seed in the conference, get a first-round bye and host a playoff game.

They could also finish in either wildcard position, the No. 5 or No. 6 seed, and open the playoffs on the road against either Arizona, Minnesota or Chicago on Jan. 3 or 4.

No. 2 seed

This scenario is very simple. If the Falcons win at home this week against St. Louis and Carolina loses at New Orleans, they would each finish 11-5. The Falcons own the fourth tiebreaker over the Panthers – better conference record – and would win the division.

They would also have a better record than Arizona (NFC West winner) and Minnesota or Chicago (NFC North winner), behind New York, which has locked up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. That would give the Falcons a first-round bye and a home playoff game.

No. 5 seed

If Carolina wins, it clinches the South division and makes the Falcons the top wildcard team if they beat St. Louis. The Falcons would play at No. 4 seed Arizona on Jan. 3 or 4. That would also be the scenario if Dallas loses and Tampa Bay, Philadelphia or Chicago earn the final wildcard spot.

No. 6 seed

Dallas earns a playoff berth with a victory over Philadelphia. With a Cowboys win and a Falcons loss, each would finish with 10-6 records. Dallas wins the third tiebreaker over the Falcons – better conference record. The Falcons would play at the No. 3 seed, North division winner Minnesota or Chicago.


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