If the Falcons leave Ford Field victorious, they will have a league-best 13-2 record, a guarantee of a bye week in the postseason, and insurance of home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
A 14-2 record would tie for the best in team history. The last time the Falcons finished 14-2 they defeated the San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings en route to the first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history.
What's more important, however, is not the projection of this team but the fact the Falcons have another shot on Saturday to finally earn some attention from the national media which, to this point of the long season, has indulged more in finding as many ways as possible to skew the impressive results to accommodate the traditional rhetoric that Atlanta is built to eventually fail.
While history might be on the side of the argument, the Falcons magical season has suffered in the wake of being seemingly ignored. Even after the Falcons' 34-0 thumping of the defending Super Bowl champions, the national story was immediately about the collapse of the Giants and, now that the fog has settled, how the Giants can build back to another Super Bowl run.
Essentially, predictions are beacons of destiny for New York teams, but hogwash for the Falcons.
The truth is, Atlanta will need a playoff win to earn respect from critics. But, fans and players (most recently, Falcons receiver Roddy White) have a fair gripe about how Atlanta's magical year has, to this point, been undermined.
Here are six reoccurring talking points that have undoubtedly frustrated the Atlanta faithful.