- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter
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According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Falcons (7-5) currently would be the No. 6 seed in the NFC. The Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys also are 7-5. The Cowboys would be the No. 4 seed as the NFC East leader.
The Bears would get the No. 5 seed because they have a better conference record than the Lions, and Chicago beat Atlanta earlier this season. The Lions would be out of the playoffs at the moment.
Even after Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans, the Atlanta Falcons remain very much in the playoff picture. In fact, they’d be in the playoffs if they started today.