NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 26: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons talks with his coaches on the sidelines during a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Falcons 45-16. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stand between the Atlanta Falcons and the 2011 NFL playoffs.
The Atlanta Falcons have a chance to avoid meeting their New Orleans nemesis in the first round of the 2011 NFL playoffs. All they have to do in Week 17 is beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and hope the Detroit Lions fall to the Green Bay Packers.
Of those two tasks, beating the Buccaneers is by far the easier one. Tampa Bay enters Week 17 on a nine-game losing streak, and has lost its last four games by a combined 94 points.
Game date, time: 4:15 p.m. Eastern, Sunday, January 1
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
TV channel: FOX (TV distribution maps available at The506.com.)
Streaming: No streams available.
Radio: Falcons fans in Atlanta can catch the game on 790 The Zone or Star 94, and ones outside Atlanta can find their local Falcons radio affiliate.
Odds: The Falcons are listed as 12-point favorites.