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NFL Playoff Picture, NFC Edition: Atlanta Falcons Take Top Spot After Cowboys Upset Giants

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With the Dallas Cowboys convincing road win in the New York Giants house, the Atlanta Falcons have moved into first place in the NFC. The Giants would win a tiebreaker against the Falcons, with their 5-1 conference record trumping Atlanta's 4-1. If the 5-3 Philadelphia Eagles beat the Washington Redskins tomorrow night, they'll still rank a spot below the Packers, to whom they lost in week one.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are also in the mix, sitting at 6-3 themselves. Yes, it sucks that one 6-3 would lose out to the NFC West winner while another 6-3 team would have to travel to play the NFC West winner, but we go through this every year with that division. The Chicago Bears would also earn home field by winning the NFC North.


As we were saying while walking into Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, the NFC is pretty much the ACC. That should be good for ACC recruiting.

  1. Atlanta Falcons (7-2)
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  3. New York Giants (6-3)
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  5. Chicago Bears (6-3)
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  7. Seattle Seahawks (5-4)
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  9. Green Bay Packers (6-3)
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  11. New Orleans Saints (6-3)
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Wild Card Round: Saints at Bears, Packers at Seahawks


Divisional Round: Saints/Bears winner at Giants, Packers/Seahawks winner at Falcons


Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.