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1. to get into the NFC playoffs, the Falcons will have to win the NFC South championship. A wild card spot is not possible.

2. To win the NFC South, if the Falcons beat the Saints, the championship is theirs, no matter if the Falcons lose to the Steelers, Panthers, or both.

3. If the Falcons lose to the Saints, to win the NFC South they will have to had won against the Steelers, win against the Panthers, and the Saints will have to lose to the Bucs.

4. It's possible another team might get the NFC #5 seed, but the most likely team to play against the NFC Champions (the #4 seed) are the Cardinals.

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1. to get into the NFC playoffs, the Falcons will have to win the NFC South championship. A wild card spot is not possible.

2. To win the NFC South, if the Falcons beat the Saints, the championship is theirs, no matter if the Falcons lose to the Steelers, Panthers, or both.

3. If the Falcons lose to the Saints, to win the NFC South they will have to had won against the Steelers, win against the Panthers, and the Saints will have to lose to the Bucs.

4. It's possible another team might get the NFC #5 seed, but the most likely team to play against the NFC Champions (the #4 seed) are the Cardinals.

If the Falcons lose to the Saints, they can lose to the Steelers as well if the Saints lose to the Bears. And then you still have to look at the Panthers, so a lot can still happen.

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If the Falcons lose to the Saints, they can lose to the Steelers as well if the Saints lose to the Bears. And then you still have to look at the Panthers, so a lot can still happen.

According to ESPN.COM's NFL Playoff Machine, if the Saints win over the Falcons, for the Falcons to win the NFC South the Saints will still have to lose to the Bucs, even if they lost previously to the Bears, and the Falcons will have to beat the Panthers.
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2. To win the NFC South, if the Falcons beat the Saints, the championship is theirs, no matter if the Falcons lose to the Steelers, Panthers, or both.

incorrect. If we win against the Saints and lose the other 2, and the Panthers win all 3 games, they win the division 7-8-1

even if we win against the Saints and Steelers, if the Panthers win out, they win the division.

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Beat Saints and Panthers, we win the division no matter what happens Sunday with anyone else.

Beat Pittsburgh and the Saints and we win the division if the Panthers lose in the next two weeks.

Essentially, our magic number against both the Saints and Panthers is 3. A win vs either takes care of 2 of the 3 against each team.

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Some of that isn't correct, but hey it sparks discussion.

Saints can still win the division even if we beat them. Panthers can win the division a number of ways. Bottom line, we got to beat the Saints and Panthers. We do that we are in. I expect us to be a game back come next week of NO.

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Except for the Bucs being out of it, nothing has really been decided. Falcons, Panthers, and Saints all have multiple division games yet. All three "control" their future, i.e., winning out gurantees the division for any of the three.

It's pretty much gonna come down to Week 17. Highly unlikely any team clinches before then. The Panthers win in NOLA + their tie against Cincy put them back in contention in a big way.

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