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Falcons win, everyone else loses: Updated NFC South standings

Atlanta beats New Orleans. We break down what it means for the NFC South

New Orleans Saints v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

The Atlanta Falcons defeated the New Orleans Saints in Week 12, 24-15, to jump New Orleans in the NFC South standings. Both teams now have a 5-6 record, but after the Atlanta win, they have the head-to-head advantage. The two will face off once more in the final week of the season.

The Buccaneers fell to the Indianapolis Colts, 27-20, to drop to 4-7 for the season. They sit at third place behind the Falcons, who they will take on head-to-head in Week 14. In last place in the NFC South is, of course, the 1-10 Carolina Panthers, who have no shot at the playoffs.

As things stand, the Falcons would win the division title, but the Saints are nipping at their heels with an identical record. The Saints currently have a shot at a Wild Card bid, as well — despite the division’s lack of a winning record, they could send two teams to the playoffs.

The Buccaneers sit outside the bubble, but their chances are far from over. Tampa still has their eyes set on a postseason bid in a weak NFC. The Saints and Bucs currently sit at No. 9 and No. 11 in NFC playoff standings.

Updated NFC Standings after Week 13

  1. Atlanta Falcons (5-6)
  2. New Orleans Saints (5-6)
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7)
  4. Carolina Panthers (1-10)