You Win and We’re In

So the Falcon’s playoff fate wasn’t controlled by them after all.  It was in fact controlled by the Eagles and the Packers of all teams.  Thanks to those wins the Falcons are now in the playoffs.

The Falcons are now in the playoffs and now have 4 straight winning seasons, something they have never done before.  They get to continue on after the regular season thanks to wins by the Eagles and the Packers.  Of all the teams to get the Falcons into the playoffs, it is the team that eliminated them last year.

But the Falcons face a big test on Monday Night Football when they travel to the Superdome to play the Saints at home.  They no longer need to win the game to get into the post season, but they do need to win it for pride, for momentum, to prove just what they are made of going into the playoffs.  For the Falcons, this game is still important.  It is a still a game they need to win.

There is even a scenario where the Falcons could win Monday night and win next week vs the Bucs and the Saints lose to the Panthers next week and the Falcons could also have the NFC South title.  Yes, it’s a long shot, but it’s still in play.  So a win tonight vs the Saints would go to help that cause as well.

Mostly though, it’s an opportunity for the Falcons to show exactly what this team is now made of.  That they can beat a team with a prolific offense and a record breaking QB.  That they can compete with the likes of the Saints and also the Packers.  They have to show this because these are the teams they will have to get through to make it past 1 game of the post season.  This is their time to show just what this team has become over the last 4 years.

The Falcons are in the playoffs, but there is much more work to be done.  Everyone knows how important game winning momentum is going into the first round of the post season.  Two good, solid wins these last 2 games and maybe an NFC South title and the Falcons would be poised to make a good run into the playoffs.  It all starts tonight, not in January.

Other teams won and the Falcons are in the playoffs, now it’s time for them to win as well.

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