NFL Playoff Picture: Here is where the Falcons currently stand in the NFC race
December 18, 2017 01:55 AM | Staff
Editor's note: The NFC playoff picture reflects the results of Week 15's afternoon games on Sunday.

ATLANTA -- With each passing week the NFC playoff picture comes into better focus. In Week 14, the Eagles became the first NFC team to clinch a playoff spot. In Week 15, they got some company as the Vikings secured an NFC North division title and earned a place in the postseason.

While the Falcons (8-5) don't play until Monday night, the Sunday games continue to shift the conference landscape with only two weeks remaining after this weekend. Atlanta controls its own playoff destiny, but it didn't receive any help in Week 15 with both Carolina and New Orleans emerging with victories.

The division picture may not have changed on Sunday, but the landscape of the NFC's wild card chase certainly did. A stunning and dominant performance by the Rams on the road to beat the Seahawks provided a bit more breathing room for the Falcons.

The current playoff picture in the NFC following Week 15's afternoon games on Sunday:

Seed Team Comment Record vs. NFC
Next 1 Eagles
Nick Foles threw four touchdown passes in the Eagles' first game without Carson Wentz and helped Philadelphia secure a first-round bye. 10-1 vs. Raiders (6-7) 2 Vikings
The Vikings bounced back from the loss to the Panthers with a convincing win against the Bengals, wrapping up the NFC North. 8-2 at Packers (7-7) 3 Rams
(10-4) Behind a stellar 4-touchdown performance from Todd Gurley, the Rams knocked off the Seahawks and remain division leaders. 7-4 at Titans (8-6) 4 Saints
It wasn't a pretty game, but the Saints beat the Jets to stay atop the NFC South. 7-3 vs. Falcons (8-5) 5 Panthers
Things got tight in the end against the Packers, but the Panthers earned another impressive win at home and the offense looks to be clicking. 6-4 vs. Buccaneers (4-9) 6 Falcons
With the Panthers' and Saints' victories, the Falcons must beat the Buccaneers on the road Monday night to keep pace in the division. 7-2 at Buccaneers (4-9) IN THE HUNT:

7. Detroit Lions (8-6)

8. Seattle Seahawks (8-6)

9. Dallas Cowboys (7-6)

10. Green Bay Packers (7-7)

11. Arizona Cardinals (6-8)


Washington Redskins (6-8)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9)

Chicago Bears (4-10)

San Francisco 49ers (4-10)

New York Giants (2-12)


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