Atlanta Falcons: If the playoffs started today . . .




If the playoffs started today …

NFC top contenders

The Falcons (12-2), who have clinched a playoff spot, would be the No. 1 seed with a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Atlanta would open the playoffs on Jan. 12 or 13 against the lowest-seeded team to advance from the NFC wild card round.

The 49ers (10-3-1), who have clinched a playoff spot, would be the No. 2 seed with a first-round bye. San Francisco would open the playoffs on Jan. 12 or 13 with a home game against the highest-seeded winner from the NFC wild card round.

NFC wild card picture

The third-seeded Packers (10-4) have clinched a playoff spot would play host to the sixth-seeded Vikings (8-6) on Jan. 5 or 6. The No.5 Seahawks (9-5) would play the No. 4 Redskins (8-6) on Jan. 5 or 6.

The other teams with a realistic chance of still earning a wild card are the Cowboys (8-6), Giants (8-6) and Bears (8-6). The Rams (6-7-1) and Saints (6-8) are also still technically alive.

How Vegas views the Falcons

The Falcons are 3 to 1 to win the NFC after they were 7 to 2 before last weekend’s games. Atlanta is the third choice in the NFC behind the 49ers (3 to 2) and tied with the Packers (3 to 1). The Falcons are 6 to 1 to win the Super Bowl, the fifth choice behind the 49ers (7 to 2), Broncos (4 to 1), Patriots (9 to 2) and Texans (5 to 1).

Quote of the day

“I’m not talking until we reach our next goal and that’s home-field advantage through the playoffs.”

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White to reporters

Falcons playoffs tickets

Season-ticket and club seat holders should have already received playoffs ticket information.

The Falcons said a limited number of tickets will be available to the general public through Ticketmaster on a date yet to be determined. There will be a limit of eight tickets per purchase.

AFC top contenders

The Texans (12-2), who have clinched a playoff berth, would be the No. 1 seed with a first-round bye and home-field advantage through the AFC playoffs. Houston would open the playoffs on Jan. 12 or 13 against the lowest-seeded winner to advance from the AFC wild card round.

The Broncos (11-3), who have clinched a playoff berth, would be the No. 2 seed with a first-round bye. Denver would open the playoffs on Jan. 12 or 13 with a home game against the highest-seeded team to advance from the AFC wild card round.

AFC wild card picture

The third-seeded Patriots (10-4), who have clinched a playoff berth, would play host to the sixth-seeded Bengals (8-6) on Jan. 5 or 6. The Ravens (9-5), who have clinched a playoff spot, would be the No. 4 seed and play host to the fifth-seeded Colts (9-5) on Jan. 5 or 6.

The Steelers (7-7) are the other team with a realistic chance of still earning a wild card berth. The Dolphins (6-8) also are still technically alive.

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26 comments Add your comment

Blue Ridge Dawg

December 18th, 2012
3:36 pm

I like Atlanta… And I like’em to win Saturday night! Bring on the thugs on their D line!

warfalcon

December 18th, 2012
3:44 pm

ONE GAME AT A TIME,next up the Detroit Lions,LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

aint hater

December 18th, 2012
4:23 pm

i don’t see how the aints are in it… They cannot pass either san fran or seattle so that’s one wild card they cannot get. The best they can do is tie giants and redskins both of which hold head to head wins. so……aints i think are down and can’t get up…..

Nolan Lahr

December 18th, 2012
5:54 pm

Isn’t it more accurate to say Atlanta is tied with the Packers as a second choice to win the NFC?

Braves #17 Fan

December 18th, 2012
6:29 pm

Is there any way to tell when the Falcons will be playing?

Mario

December 18th, 2012
7:08 pm

I think the Falcosn will be playing the 12th. The divisional round for the #1 seed is always played on a Saturday night. In 2010 when we had the #1 seed, we played on Saturday night which in this case would be the 12th at around 8.

Mario

December 18th, 2012
7:09 pm

What is it with the lovefest for the Packers? They aren’t all that.

backatcha

December 18th, 2012
8:33 pm

Well for starters (no disrespect intended), the last two times we played the Pack, they prevailed convincingly! The Falcons may have the better team on paper, but we had a better team when they had that memorable 48-21 win (they did not punt the entire evening) in our house two playoffs ago. We have to be ready for all challengers b/c most of the league is not impressed w/ our record (and neither should we be!) I’m just saying, we must stay focused on “one game at a time!” We have a long history of being able to “party w/ the best of them,” but when it comes to performance that’s where you’ll find the disconnect! 34-0 was a great win, and much needed but it was a game we should have won, and we should not be satisfied with it. Hopefully, there will not be “pouring gatorade on Coach,” when (hopefully we will) clinch the #1 seed! We celebrate way to soon in the ATL!!!

Michael M.

December 19th, 2012
1:28 am

The Falcons can get to and win the Superbowl this year I guess I’ll go ahead and have that heart attack I thought I was having watching them play in some of their games this year…………what ya think fellas?……………………………….

SawThat1nce

December 19th, 2012
5:35 am

“34-0 was a great win,…..a game we should have won,………we should not be satisfied with it.’
Whaaaaat??????????????

fan since 78

December 19th, 2012
7:45 am

is anyone else tired of hearing about the jets? they are out of it and everytime timt i tune into espn or nfl network thats all they are tailking about!

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

December 19th, 2012
8:33 am

Here I go, turning into a Pointer Sister again – I’m So Excited!

Go Falcons!!!

Esquire

December 19th, 2012
10:35 am

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.
December 19th, 2012
8:33 am

Here I go, turning into a Pointer Sister again – I’m So Excited!

Go Falcons!!!

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Esquire

December 19th, 2012
10:37 am

fan since 78
December 19th, 2012
7:45 am

is anyone else tired of hearing about the jets? they are out of it and everytime timt i tune into espn or nfl network thats all they are tailking about!

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Esquire

December 19th, 2012
10:46 am

As I mentioned on the other thread Viceroy Ichiban Cooter Kooter may well be a Jet in 2013……!!

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

December 19th, 2012
11:06 am

Falcons still have plenty to prove:

1) I want to see two consecutive weeks of hard RUNNING football. Did anyone notice the end of the Giants game when Snelling #44 was absolutely taking it to the Giants? Would have scored had we not been so “nice”. What will it take for us to use Snelling in the run game during crunch time????

2) Dent #52 played one of his better games, but his performance has not been up to Astro standard. I want to see him anticipate against a Lions team that has had a hard time running the ball. The Lions should not run for 100 yards, nor should the Falcons be gashed for any run over 10 yards in this game. Eyes will be on #52.

3) I want to see Ryan #2 utilize slot receivers Douglas #83 and Davis #19 more efficiently. His security blanket is Tony G. #88, but good teams are going to take him away in the playoffs. He better get used to finding #83 and #19 now (and put this on film)

4) Tackling has got to improve. Weatherspoon #56 was admonishing teammates that whiffed on tackles. He needs to continue this authority role. I only wish that Ryan #2 would take this role on offense.

5) Play calling was better last week, save a few questionable calls (reverse to #83 Douglas in third down). I want to see another week of coherent play calling that includes deep shots down the field to the NFC’s best WR tandem, #84 White and #11 Jones. We have to keep the pressure on defenses down the field to open up intermediate routes and the run game.

Saturday night is a huge contest. In primetime. We need to come out and PLAY!

FBD

JONESBORO SLIM

December 19th, 2012
1:16 pm

Equire…I’m like you about those tired JETS…but on the other hand I’m glad the media doesn’t talk about the Falcons b/c all that negitive talk is positive energy for the “Birds”…so as the the late Little Willie John song “Let them talk”…..oh I forgot ya’ll too young for that one……..

techduck

December 19th, 2012
7:34 pm

HEY FBD,RIGHT ON THE MONEY.GLAD TO SEE THAT AM NOT THE ONLY ONE SEEING THIS.#83 DOES NOT GET ENOUGH PLAYING TIME (?) HE IS NOT A COACHES (SMITH) PLAYERS FOR SOME REASON.IS THE BEST WIDE RECEIVER ON THE TEAM BY FAR.TEAM MUST THINK HE”S TO SMALL.

techduck

December 19th, 2012
7:37 pm

#83 CAN JUST OUT TEE FLY.atlanta FALCONS IS BLIND WHEN IT COMES TO #83

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billsaint

December 20th, 2012
11:48 am

the falcons the playoff is here.

billsaint

December 20th, 2012
11:50 am

georgia dome team

billsaint

December 20th, 2012
12:07 pm

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