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NFL Playoff Scenarios: Falcons, Saints, Eagles In NFC Home Field Advantage Race

If the Atlanta Falcons win today, they still will not have clinched the NFC South. Losses to the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers in the last two weeks would give the Saints the division and the NFC's No. 1 seed, assuming the Saints beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 17.

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If the Falcons lose today and in both of their final games, they'll likely slip to the No. 6 seed. Still, with the New York Giants losing the Dirty Birds are officially in the playoffs for the second time in three years.

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If Atlanta beats Seattle and loses to New Orleans, they'll still take home field with a win over the Panthers. Reversing those two results would make no difference -- the Falcons hold the tiebreaker edge over the Saints, and any two wins over the final three weeks will give them home field. The Saints loss to the Baltimore Ravens really doesn't appear to have made much of a difference.

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But let's say the Falcons lose today, beat New Orleans, and lose to Carolina. Philly would then be in line for home field. I can't find a configuration that leads to any other team getting home field advantage.

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For more playoff scenarios, visit SB Nation NFL.

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