The Falcons could have clinched if the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in Sunday night’s game. It didn’t happen as the Eagles won. But Atlanta still could clinch a playoff berth Monday night if the New York Giants lose to the Minnesota Vikings, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
The Falcons also lead the race for the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. I’ll have more on the playoff picture for NFC South teams on Monday morning. But I’ll give you a little hint. Right now, the Falcons would be in as the top seed and the 10-3 New Orleans Saints would be the No. 5 seed. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5) would not be in if the season ended today. But they’re very much in the picture.
At 8-5, the Bucs currently stand as the No. 7 team in a playoff scenario in which six teams will go to the postseason.