Atlanta Falcons: Crazy scenario to still make the playoffs in 2020

Atlanta Falcons helmets on the bench Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
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The Atlanta Falcons can still *technically* make the playoffs in 2020

It might take the stars aligning perfectly, but there’s still a scenario out there for the Atlanta Falcons to make the 2020 NFL playoffs.

Sitting at 4-8 overall, the Atlanta Falcons currently have a 1-percent chance of making the playoffs- but don’t pretend that it’s at zero.

Mathematically, the Falcons still could get it. Unfortunately, though, the scenarios are few and far in between for them to reel off the nearly impossible run.

That being said, there still is a crazy scenario for the Atlanta Falcons to make the playoffs

There are different variations of this, but it all starts with the Falcons winning their final four games- which includes bouts against the Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs and two games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

If they won those final four, they’d finish 8-8. So, what would need to happen? Here’s a look at a week-to-week breakdown of things the Falcons would need to fall into place to get back in the wildcard hunt.

Week 14 (Falcons beat Chargers):

  • Vikings beat Buccaneers
  • Giants beat Cardinals
  • Texans beat Bears

Week 15 (Falcons beat Buccaneers)

  • Eagles beat Cardinals
  • Bears beat Vikings
  • Cowboys beat 49ers

Week 16 (Falcons beat Chiefs)

  • Saints beat Vikings
  • 49ers beat Cardinals
  • Jaguars beat Bears
  • Panthers beat Washington

Week 17 (Falcons beat Buccaneers)

  • Packers beat Bears
  • Vikings beat Lions

There are different scenarios that can fall into place, but basically you’re wanting to pull against the Cardinals and you want those NFC North teams to devour themselves. Ultimately, that leads to a bunch of 8-8, even 7-9 teams vying for the final two wildcard spots and boom. You’re in.

Is it likely? No. It’s not very likely that the Falcons take care of business themselves, much less the other 12 games play out in their favor, but it’s not out of the question.

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In the words of the beloved Lloyd Christmas: “So, you’re telling me there’s a chance. YEAH.”