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Updated Atlanta Falcons Playoff Scenario

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We can't, for legal reasons, say Mike Smith is studying our playoff scenarios. But he probably is. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
We can't, for legal reasons, say Mike Smith is studying our playoff scenarios. But he probably is. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Falcons could've locked up a playoff berth this week, as our own Jason Kirk noted, but the cards didn't fall the way we might have liked.

With the Giants and Eagles winning, the Falcons will have to wait one more week to seize a spot, but it is now officially inevitable. The Packers were removed as a roadblock after they lost an ugly one to the Lions this weekend. Those two teams must face off next Sunday, leaving the Falcons only needing a win against the struggling Seattle Seahawks to finally lock up the post-season. Even if those two teams tie, the Falcons are in.

Homefield advantage may have to wait a little longer. As I see it, only the Bears, Eagles, Giants and Saints can legitimately contend for that, and they all have weaknesses. To wit:

Bears just got crushed by the Patriots and now take on Minnesota at home, the Jets and the Packers. They're two games back on the Falcons.
Eagles are actually in the best shape, but they're two games behind Atlanta with their easy schedule left. If the Falcons win two out of their last three, they've got it over the Eagles.
Giants aren't playing particularly well, take on the Eagles, Packers and Redskins the last three weeks and are two games behind the Falcons.
Saints are the most realistic contender, being only a single game behind the Falcons, but will have to hurdle the Ravens and the Falcons at home to pull it off. Awfully tough.

This is actually happening, people.