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Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers Preview

Matt Ryan has thrown for over 300 yards in three straight contests. (Rogelio Solis)

Matt Ryan has thrown for over 300 yards in three straight contests. (Rogelio Solis)

No one would have ever guessed that a Week 17 matchup between the 6-9 Atlanta Falcons and 6-8-1 Carolina Panthers would have so much at stake.

The winner takes the NFC South and locks up the final playoff spot in the conference.

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Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints Preview

Sunday's matchup against the Saints is poised to be a shootout. (Marc Serota)

Sunday’s matchup against the Saints is poised to be a shootout. (Marc Serota)

It’s a must-win game for the Atlanta Falcons as they head into New Orleans to take on the Saints this Sunday.

And there’s already been a bit of trash talk between the two bitter rivals.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Preview

Desmond Trufant versus Antonio Brown should be a great matchup. (Mike Roemer)

Desmond Trufant versus Antonio Brown should be a great matchup. (Mike Roemer)

The Atlanta Falcons still control their own destiny with a 5-8 record.

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Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers Preview

The Falcons will need to be perfect against the Packers on Monday night. (John Bazemore)

The Falcons will need to be perfect against the Packers on Monday night. (John Bazemore)

For the third week in a row, the 5-7 Atlanta Falcons are in first place in the NFC South with a head-to-head tie-breaker over the New Orleans Saints.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals Preview

Julio Jones and Roddy White will have a tough matchup against Antonio Cromartie and Patrick Peterson. (John Bazemore)

Julio Jones and Roddy White will have a tough matchup against Antonio Cromartie and Patrick Peterson. (John Bazemore)

It’s division leader versus division leader as the Atlanta Falcons host the Arizona Cardinals, who have the best record in the NFC at 9-2.

On the other hand, the 4-7 Falcons made NFL history by being the first team to ever lead a division while being three games under .500.

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Falcons’ return home spoiled by Browns in 26-24 defeat

 

Despite the loss, the Falcons are miraculously still in first place in the NFC South. (Brynn Anderson)

Despite the loss, the Falcons are miraculously still in first place in the NFC South. (Brynn Anderson)

I took more time than usual to put this recap together because I couldn’t figure out what to say about this Atlanta Falcons team.

And it’s not as if there’s a shortage of things to say. Any unflattering adjective fits the bill.

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Atlanta Falcons vs Cleveland Browns Preview

Desmond Trufant is expected to shadow Josh Gordon. (Mike McCarn)

Desmond Trufant is expected to shadow Cleveland’s Josh Gordon. (Mike McCarn)

The Atlanta Falcons haven’t played a true home game at the Georgia Dome in six weeks.

But on Sunday, they return home to host the 6-4 Cleveland Browns.

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Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers Preview

Matt Ryan should have a good day against a generous Panthers defense. (Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Matt Ryan should have a good day against a generous Panthers defense. (Phelan M. Ebenhack)

It seems absurd for the 3-6 Atlanta Falcons and 3-6-1 Carolina Panthers to be in the thick of race for the NFC South, but that’s the case as the New Orleans Saints lead the division with a 4-6 record. And if the Saints lose to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, it will be either the Falcons or the Panthers atop the division.

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Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview

The Falcons have a great opportunity to get back on the winning track this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers .(Matt Dunham)

The Falcons have a great opportunity to get back on the winning track this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Matt Dunham)

Even with a 2-6 record, the Atlanta Falcons are just two games behind the division-leading New Orleans Saints in the race for the NFC South crown.

It almost seems impossible that the Falcons mathematically still have a chance to win the NFC South and advance to the playoffs, but that’s an indictment on how poor the division has been this season.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions Preview

The Falcons offensive line will likely again struggle to protect Matt Ryan against a fierce Detroit Lions defense. (Seth Ryan)

The Falcons offensive line will likely again struggle to protect Matt Ryan against a fierce Detroit Lions defense. (Seth Ryan)

Not much is going right for the Atlanta Falcons.

At 2-5, they’re on a four-game losing streak. In each consecutive game during that streak, the offense has scored fewer points. All of the Falcons’ five losses have come by double digits.

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