At the end of Week 17’s games, all the drama was for naught. The NFC’s playoff seedings did not change in any way, shape or form thanks to a Falcons win and losses for both the Saints and Rams, which means that Atlanta will draw the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
The Falcons simply needed to win to get in, and they took care of business by dominating Carolina defensively and getting five Matt Bryant field goals, which was enough for a 22-10 win. That made the Seahawks game moot, and that game has not yet been decided.
In other action, both the Rams and Saints lost, with San Francisco destroying the Los Angeles backups and the Saints surprisingly dropping one against the Buccaneers, who finally got a chance to play spoiler in earnest by denying the Saints a chance at the #3 seed. That means New Orleans will play Carolina this coming weekend, and the Falcons will face a Rams team they didn’t get to play yet in 2017. Both should be good matchups, and we’ll pray the Falcons can make it by the Rams and face an Eagles team starting Nick Foles and struggling mightily.
Considering how this season went at times, I couldn’t be more thrilled that the Falcons have a shot and look to be playing solid enough football to win in the playoffs. I’m looking forward to next weekend, and I hope you are too.