The Atlanta Falcons are going into their last game of the 2011 regular season.
At 9-6, the Falcons have had yet another winning season under coach Mike Smith. However, this postseason, they will be looking for their first playoff win under Smith.
They will be playing the Georgia Dome against the division rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers are 4-11 coming into the last week of the season and have lost nine straight games. I doubt the Buccaneers will want to go away quietly, but the Falcons will be looking to avenge their Week 3 loss to Tampa Bay.
The Falcons should end the regular season with a victory and finish at 10-6 heading into the wild-card round of the playoffs. Both teams are talented, but Atlanta should overwhelm the Buccaneers in this matchup.
The Falcons are also playing for a chance at the fifth seed in the NFC. If the Lions lose and Atlanta is able to win, then they will move up from the sixth seed to the fifth seed. This would mean that instead of going to the Superdome and playing New Orleans for the third time this season, the Falcons would travel to play the NFC East winner in the first round.
There is not much to be won on Sunday, but it will be important for the Falcons to establish some momentum going into the postseason.
Atlanta can easily walk away with a victory against Tampa Bay, but let's look at five things that we should keep in mind when watching this game.