How Falcons, Saints can win NFC South

December, 19, 2010
12/19/10
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BALTIMORE -- I’ll give you the most up-to-date NFC playoff standings as soon as Sunday night’s game between the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers ends because the outcome is going to impact some things.

But, what I can tell you at the moment are scenarios of how the NFC South can be won. It’s down to a two-team race right and, at 12-2, the Atlanta Falcons have a pretty big lead on the Saints for the division title.

The following information is courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information. The Falcons can clinch the title with a win in either of their final two games (excluding scenarios involving tie games). They also can clinch if New Orleans loses either of its final two games. That’s where we should point out the Falcons host the Saints in the Dec. 27 "Monday Night Football" game.

So, basically, the Falcons control whether they can win the division title. But the Saints still have a chance to repeat as division champions.

For that to happen the Saints would have to win their final two games (at Atlanta and home against Tampa Bay) and hope the Falcons lose their final two games. Besides hosting the Saints, the Falcons close out the season with a home game against Carolina.

If Atlanta were to lose its last two games and New Orleans wins its last two, the Saints would win the division title because they would have the better division record.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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