Today's Falcons Playoff Scenarios

Posted Dec 2, 2012

The Seahawks beat the Chicago Bears, meaning the Falcons' only remaining clinching scenario this week is if Denver beats Tampa Bay. That scenario would also give the Falcons the NFC South title.

With the huge win over division-rival New Orleans on Thursday night, the 11-1 Falcons can clinch a playoff spot - and even the NFC South crown - pending the result of Sunday's game between Denver and Tampa Bay.

The Falcons could have clinched with a Seahawks loss or tie, but Seattle beat Chicago in overtime 23-17.

The Falcons can clinch the NFC South crown if the Buccaneers (6-5) lose or tie in their 4:05 p.m. road tilt against the Broncos (8-3). A division title guarantees the Falcons one of the top four seeds in the NFC and at least one home playoff game.

With their NFC-leading 11-1 record, Atlanta has the inside track in the race for the No. 1 or No. 2 seed. The top two playoff seeds in each conference receive a Wild Card round bye and host a divisional round game. Chasing Atlanta are division-leaders San Francisco (8-2-1), Chicago (8-4) and New York (7-4).

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