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NFL Playoff Picture: Here is where the Falcons currently stand in the NFC race

Posted Dec 10, 2017

A look at where the Falcons sit in the NFC playoff race following Week 14's late games.

Editor's note: The NFC playoff picture reflects the results of Week 14's late games on Sunday.

ATLANTA -- With each passing week the NFC playoff picture comes into better focus. While no teams have officially clinched, that could all change in Week 14.

The Falcons kicked things off with a big 20-17 home win on Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints. Atlanta's victory over its rival kept them very much in the thick of the NFC playoff hunt and alive in the division race with three games left to go.

With the Seahawks (8-5) falling to the Jaguars on Sunday, the Falcons (8-5) move back into the projected No. 6 spot. Atlanta owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over Seattle.

The current playoff picture in the NFC following Week 14's late games on Sunday:

Seed Team Comment Record vs. NFC
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1

Eagles
(11-2)
They outlasted the Rams, clinched the NFC East crown, move back to the projected top seed but the big news is Carson Wentz's injury. 9-1 at Giants (2-11)
2

Vikings
(10-3)
Jonathan Stewart and the Panthers prove too much as the Vikings drop the final game of a three-game road swing. 8-2 vs. Bengals (5-8)
3

Rams
(9-4)
They had a chance to knock off the Eagles in their backyard, but end up falling short. Huge game in Seattle up next. 6-4 at Seahawks (8-4)
4

Saints
(9-4)
The Saints' loss on Thursday night isn't what they wanted, but the many injuries they sustained could be of greater concern. 7-3 vs. Jets (5-7)
5

Panthers
(9-4)
A big win at home over the Vikings helps them keep pace with the Saints in the NFC South and moves them up to the No. 5 spot for now. 5-4 vs. Packers (7-6)
6

Falcons
(8-5)
By beating the Saints on Thursday and with the Seahawks going down against the Jaguars on Sunday, Atlanta moves back to the projected 6th seed. 7-2 at Buccaneers (4-9)

IN THE HUNT:

7. Seattle Seahawks (8-5)

8. Detroit Lions (7-6)

9. Green Bay Packers (7-6)

10. Dallas Cowboys (7-6)

11. Washington Redskins (5-7)

12. Arizona Cardinals (5-7)

ELIMINATED:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9)

Chicago Bears (4-9)

San Francisco 49ers (3-10)

New York Giants (2-11)

TIEBREAKING PROCEDURES: Click here.

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