Falcons Need Help Clinching No. 1 Seed

Falcons Need Help Clinching No. 1 Seed

Jay Adams

Published December 3, 2012 at 12:36 PM

The Falcons are NFC South champions, which ensures they’ll have one of the top four seeds in the NFC playoffs and host at least one game at the Georgia Dome in the postseason.

But they’re interested in earning much more before the regular season is out. The Falcons are in prime position to earn the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC, which would guarantee home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

ESPN.com NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas revealed the Falcons’ No. 1 seed clinching scenarios Monday, and it looks like the Falcons are going to need some help if they’re going to earn the top spot this week.

Here’s what Yasinskas wrote:

“According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Falcons can clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs if they win at Carolina on Sunday and get some help. Along with a victory against the Panthers, the Falcons need San Francisco to lose, Green Bay to lose or tie, the New York Giants to lose or tie and Chicago to lose or tie.”

Notice the word “and” in there. Four of the top teams in the NFC need to lose or tie this weekend for the Falcons to earn the top spot in this scenario.

For reference, the 49ers host the Dolphins at 4:05 p.m. Sunday, the Packers host the Lions on Sunday Night Football, the Giants host the Saints on at 4:25 p.m. Sunday (but also play the Redskins tonight on Monday Night Football) and Chicago plays at Minnesota at 1 p.m. Sunday.

These scenarios are for the Falcons to clinch a first-round bye this weekend:

  • An Atlanta win, plus a San Francisco loss, plus a Green Bay loss or tie, plus a loss or tie by the Giants.
  • An Atlanta win, plus a San Francisco loss, plus a Green Bay loss or tie, plus a Chicago loss or tie.
  • An Atlanta win, plus a San Francisco loss, plus a loss or tie by the Giants, plus a Chicago loss or tie.
  • An Atlanta win, plus a Green Bay loss or tie, plus a loss or tie by the Giants, plus a Chicago loss or tie.
  • An Atlanta tie, plus a loss by Green Bay, plus a loss by the Giants, plus a loss by Chicago.

Yep, it’ll be pretty confusing from here on out. But rest assured that we’ll let you know when/if the Falcons clinch the top seed in the NFC.

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