Atlanta, as you know, welcomed the Panthers to Mercedes-Benz Stadium and pulled off a win. I’ll admit to being one of few writers here at The Falcoholic who wasn’t a bit confident Atlanta could get it done, but they did. Matt Ryan threw for 313 yards with two touchdowns and no turnovers. He took just one sack.
The defense harassed Kyle Allen all day, sacking him five times and picking him off twice. Younghoe Koo and Tyeler Davison both recovered Carolina fumbles. You might be disappointed for draft order reasons, but it’s still a lot more fun to watch this Falcons team when they don’t look utterly inept.
49ers 48, Saints 46
Watching the Saints lose is always fun. Watching them lose at home is even more fun. Watching them lose at home on a last-second field goal after leaving the 49ers way too much time to work with and then letting George Kittle barrel into field goal range even though he was dragging a Saints defender who was gripping his face mask the whole time was simply beautiful.
The loss hurts the Saints’ playoff seeding. They’re projected as the third seed in the NFC now, which means they’ve got a shot to be knocked out of the postseason in the Wild Card round, which would be a delight.
Colts 35, Buccaneers 38
Jameis Winston threw three interceptions, but the Buccaneers still managed to pull off the win against the Colts. Winston completed 33 of 45 passes for 456 yards and four touchdowns, which was enough to get a victory despite the three passes Winston completed to the wrong team. The Buccaneers improved to 6-7 with the win.
After Week 14, the Saints remain at the top of the division, and the Buccaneers are second. The Panthers are third, and your Atlanta Falcons remain in last place.
New Orleans Saints 10-3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-7
Carolina Panthers 5-8
Atlanta Falcons 4-9