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NFC Playoff Scenarios: Mike Smith Prepares To Face Former Team Needing Win To Secure Falcons Playoff Spot

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith will prepare to face off against his former team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, on Thursday night needing a victory to help secure a playoff spot in the NFC.

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith will prepare to face his former team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, while recovering from chest pains and a comeback victory over the Carolina Falcons. With a win on Thursday, maybe Smith's heart will rest easy as every win gets his team one step closer to another playoff bid.

Here are the updated NFC playoff scenarios headed into week 15:

Rank NFC W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV REASON
1 z - Green Bay 13 0 0 1.000 4-0-0 10-0-0 .446 .446 NFC North Champ
2 z - San Francisco 10 3 0 .769 3-1-0 8-2-0 .449 .406 NFC West Champ
Wins tie break over New Orleans based on best win percentage in conference games.
3 x - New Orleans 10 3 0 .769 3-1-0 6-3-0 .464 .454 NFC South Champ
4 NY Giants 7 6 0 .538 2-2-0 4-6-0 .515 .433 NFC East Champ (Wins tie break over Dallas based on head-to-head win percentage.)
5 Atlanta 8 5 0 .615 2-2-0 6-4-0 .470 .340 Wins tie break over Detroit based on head-to-head win percentage.
6 Detroit 8 5 0 .615 3-2-0 6-5-0 .515 .375
7 Chicago 7 6 0 .538 2-2-0 6-3-0 .521 .407 Wins tie break over Dallas based on best win percentage in conference games.
8 Dallas 7 6 0 .538 2-2-0 5-4-0 .467 .382
9 Arizona 6 7 0 .462 3-2-0 6-5-0 .470 .395
10 Seattle 5 7 0 .417 2-1-0 4-4-0 .516 .469
11 Philadelphia 5 8 0 .385 3-1-0 4-6-0 .491 .375


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