NFL Playoff Picture: Atlanta Clinging To Final Wildcard Spot

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 04: Wide receiver Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons can't catch up to the pass while cornerback Johnathan Joseph #24 of the Houston Texans defends on the play on December 4, 2011 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Texans won 17 to 10. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Falcons find themselves in the NFC's final wildcard spot with just four games remaining in the regular season.

Atlanta's loss coupled with Detroit's loss to New Orleans has the Falcons clinging to the final wildcard spot in the NFC playoff picture. Chicago, Atlanta and Detroit all have the same 7-5 record but the Bears hold a tie breaker advantage over both the Falcons and the Lions and therefore are holding down the No. 5 slot. Atlanta has a tie break advantage over the Lions so they claim the No. 6 and final wildcard.

The top six teams in the NFC will advance to the playoffs with the four division winners and two wildcard spots. NFC

NFC Playoff Picture

1. Green Bay Packers 12-0 (NFC North)
2. San Francisco 49ers 10-2 (NFC West)
3. New Orleans Saints 9-3 (NFC South
4. Dallas Cowboys 7-5 (NFC East)
5. Chicago Bears 7-5 (Wild Card) Hold tiebreaker over Atlanta due to head-to-head record.
6. Atlanta Falcons 7-5 (Wild Card) Hold tiebreaker over Detroit due to head-to-head record.

7. Detroit Lions
8. New York Giants 6-6

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