An Atlanta Falcons team that has been under the radar for most of the season now is tied with the Detroit Lions at 8-5, with a game up in the NFC wild-card race.
As a result, they are back in the top ten in SBNation's latest NFL Power Rankings:
The Cowboys and Giants play each other in the last week of the season, meaning the NFC East will produce at most one 10-win team -- the division winner. The Bears, meanwhile, have struggled to score without injured QB Jay Cutler, losing three straight, and still have a road date with the unbeaten Green Bay Packers.
And because they have the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Lions after beating them early this season, a 10-win Atlanta team is almost assured a playoff berth.
After their 31-23 comeback win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, the Falcons now control their own destiny with games against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, both sitting at 4-9.
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