Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers Preview

Matt Ryan has thrown for over 300 yards in three straight contests. (Rogelio Solis)

Matt Ryan has thrown for over 300 yards in three straight contests. (Rogelio Solis)

No one would have ever guessed that a Week 17 matchup between the 6-9 Atlanta Falcons and 6-8-1 Carolina Panthers would have so much at stake.

The winner takes the NFC South and locks up the final playoff spot in the conference.

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Falcons bury Saints in 30-14 drubbing

Robert McClain had a key interception in the fourth quarter. (Rogelio Solis)

Robert McClain had a key interception in the fourth quarter. (Rogelio Solis)

The New Orleans Saints’ resident trash talker Keenan Lewis said he and his team planned to give the Atlanta Falcons their funeral.

But on this day, it was Atlanta taking the role of the undertaker.

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Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints Preview

Sunday's matchup against the Saints is poised to be a shootout. (Marc Serota)

Sunday’s matchup against the Saints is poised to be a shootout. (Marc Serota)

It’s a must-win game for the Atlanta Falcons as they head into New Orleans to take on the Saints this Sunday.

And there’s already been a bit of trash talk between the two bitter rivals.

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Falcons lose 27-20 to Steelers

The Falcons can still win the division by winning their two final games. (Curtis Compton)

The Falcons can still win the division by winning their two final games. (Curtis Compton)

Even with the 27-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the 5-9 Atlanta Falcons can still win the NFC South by winning their next two games.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Preview

Desmond Trufant versus Antonio Brown should be a great matchup. (Mike Roemer)

Desmond Trufant versus Antonio Brown should be a great matchup. (Mike Roemer)

The Atlanta Falcons still control their own destiny with a 5-8 record.

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Falcons’ second half rally not enough in 43-37 loss to Packers

Julio Jones turned in another monster game. (Tom Lynn)

Julio Jones turned in another monster game. (Tom Lynn)

At the half, the Atlanta Falcons were down 31-7 to the Green Bay Packers, and it looked like the game was slated to get worse in the second half.

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Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers Preview

The Falcons will need to be perfect against the Packers on Monday night. (John Bazemore)

The Falcons will need to be perfect against the Packers on Monday night. (John Bazemore)

For the third week in a row, the 5-7 Atlanta Falcons are in first place in the NFC South with a head-to-head tie-breaker over the New Orleans Saints.

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Julio Jones dominates as Falcons win 29-18 over Cardinals

Julio Jones could not be stopped Sunday. (Brynn Anderson)

Julio Jones could not be stopped Sunday. (Brynn Anderson)

Patrick Peterson said he wanted Julio Jones one-on-one.

Be careful what you wish for.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals Preview

Julio Jones and Roddy White will have a tough matchup against Antonio Cromartie and Patrick Peterson. (John Bazemore)

Julio Jones and Roddy White will have a tough matchup against Antonio Cromartie and Patrick Peterson. (John Bazemore)

It’s division leader versus division leader as the Atlanta Falcons host the Arizona Cardinals, who have the best record in the NFC at 9-2.

On the other hand, the 4-7 Falcons made NFL history by being the first team to ever lead a division while being three games under .500.

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Falcons’ return home spoiled by Browns in 26-24 defeat

 

Despite the loss, the Falcons are miraculously still in first place in the NFC South. (Brynn Anderson)

Despite the loss, the Falcons are miraculously still in first place in the NFC South. (Brynn Anderson)

I took more time than usual to put this recap together because I couldn’t figure out what to say about this Atlanta Falcons team.

And it’s not as if there’s a shortage of things to say. Any unflattering adjective fits the bill.

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