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Nerds suggest the Falcons have a 44.9% chance of making the playoffs

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Number crunchers, what do they know?

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Here’s the thing about numbers: They are the province of those who reject real reality, the kind of reality that we decide for ourselves because we don’t want to face the unpleasant ones suggested by those numbers. Also, they’re for nerds.

Those numbers suggest that the Falcons have a less than 50% chance of making the playoffs. Now, you may argue that’s accurate because they’re currently not one of the top six teams in the field, and because they need to win at least three of their final four games to make it in, if not all four. You may even say that 44.9% seems fitting and just for the team’s record and performance to this point.

To that I say simply this: Numbers don’t win games, people do. And the Falcons have people, quite a lot of them, and most of them are good at football. Do the Panthers and Saints have better playoff odds? I’m no rocket algebrist or anything, but I’d say no, because those teams don’t have a brothership. I doubt they even have a brotherly dinghy, and you aren’t winning if you can’t get all your guys on the boat. You understand what I’m saying.

The Falcons need to show the world that heart matters more than percentages, and that starts tomorrow night.