The Falcons are coming off a 22-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to close out the regular season. Still, that didn't hurt the NFC's No. 1 seed in ESPN's rankings, staying right where they were the previous week. SB Nation didn't feel the same way, moving the Falcons out of the top spot with the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks leapfrogging the NFC South champions.
Atlanta is off this week, but is showing the sense of urgency needed to get over the hump and win its first playoff game since 2004, as ESPN's Mike Sando notes that "the Falcons are practicing through the bye week."
The Falcons will face the NFC's lowest remaining seed in the divisional round of the playoffs on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. ET.