Atlanta Falcons: Even with a loss, Falcons can back into playoffs

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 20: Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (Photo by Otto Greule Jr /Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 20: Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (Photo by Otto Greule Jr /Getty Images) /

The Atlanta Falcons can earn a playoff spot simply by winning on Sunday against Carolina, but a Seattle loss would mean they’re in no matter what

If you find yourself watching the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday as they take on the Carolina Panthers it’s probably safe to say blood pressure can be an issue. An up and down roller coaster season has come down to the final week and all the Dirty Birds have to do is beat their NFC South foe, and they’re in. Simple, right?

Well, not really. The Panthers are a great team and come in with 11 wins on the year. On top of that, they already beat the Falcons once this season — in what was their first divisional game of the year for Atlanta. While odds are high they can split the series, all hope may not be lost if the Panthers do end up sweeping Atlanta.

While it isn’t ideal, the Falcons can still back into the playoffs even if they get upset on Sunday. Currently owning the sixth-seed, all that’s needed to secure their berth is a loss out of the Seattle Seahawks against the Arizona Cardinals.

Now, before scoffing at the Cards, remember that’s a divisional game. We all know what can happen in those, as Atlanta had their hands full with the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers a couple weeks ago — as did the Panthers just one week ago.

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Of course, Seattle should win, but they play the games for a reason. On Sunday, fans should be rooting hard for the Cardinals to knock off the Seahawks, just as added insurance.