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NFC South Standings, Schedule Week 15: Jaguars-Falcons, Saints-Vikings

As the regular season starts to wind down, the Atlanta Falcons are trying to keep pace with the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South.

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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcons, NFL Network, Thursday, December 15, 8:30pm: Matt Ryan and company will be looking to move one step closer to nailing down an NFC wildcard spot when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL Network, Saturday, December 17, 8:20pm: Dallas travels to Tampa Bay on Saturday fighting for its playoff life. At 4-9 the Buccaneers have long since been eliminated from playoff contention but Josh Freeman and company are looking to play the spoiler role against the Cowboys.

New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings, FOX, Sunday, December 18, 1pm: New Orleans heads to Minnesota for a road date with the struggling Vikings. The Saints currently hold a two game advantage in the NFC South and can move one step closer to a division crown with a victory on Sunday. All three of the Saints' losses this season have come on the road.

Carolina Panthers vs. Houston Texans, FOX, Sunday, December 18, 1pm: Despite missing many key players from the lineup, the Houston Texans are battling for the top playoff spot in the AFC. Cam Newton will be looking to cut down on turnovers against a talented Texans defensive squad.

NFC South Standings

New Orleans 10 3 0 415 286
Atlanta 8 5 0 300 267
Carolina 4 9 0 313 355
Tampa Bay 4 9 0 232 370

(updated 12.13.2011 at 4:05 AM EST)

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