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NFC South Standings, Schedule: Falcons Chasing Saints, Wildcard Berth

Atlanta has to win out its homestand to stay in striking distance of the Saints, while 4-5 Tampa Bay will travel to the undefeated Packers.

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After Sunday's overtime win at Atlanta, New Orleans enters their bye week with a game and a half advantage over the second place Falcons, who will host 5-4 Tennessee and 2-7 Minnesota to try and keep pace with New Orleans. Meanwhile, the Bucs have slipped to under .500 and now must travel to Green Bay and Tennessee. If Atlanta can win their next two, it's likely they'll gain at least a game on Tampa in the standings - and in a potential wildcard race.

The 2-7 Panthers are now relegated to a spoiler role with four games remaning against division opponents (two against Tampa, hosting Atlanta and at New Orleans). Any one win in the division would be considered huge to all three teams, especially the Bucs and Falcons, who will be fighting against wildcard contenders in the NFC East and NFC North.

NFC South Standings

New Orleans 7 3 0 313 228
Atlanta 5 4 0 212 196
Tampa Bay 4 5 0 156 233
Carolina 2 7 0 190 237

(updated 11.15.2011 at 3:49 AM CST)

For more on the Falcons, visit The Falcholic. For more on their opponent this weekend, the Tennessee Titans, visit Music City Miracles.

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