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Breakdown: Way back in Week 3, the Falcons battled for what may end up being their most crucial victory of the season, coming from behind to beat the Saints on the road in overtime. Of course, at the time, few people had any inkling of just how good this Atlanta team could be.
Eleven games and 10 wins later, the Falcons again hook up with New Orleans, this time with a chance to reaffirm their status as the division king and secure home field throughout the playoffs.
Prediction: Falcons clinch first-round bye, 30-21.
Implications: The NFC road to the Super Bowl takes a detour through Atlanta, where the Falcons are yet to lose this season. Meanwhile, the Saints stay stationary in the playoff jumble, but in the process allow the Giants to move into position to overtake the No. 5 seed.
Why does this matter? The No. 5 seed is guaranteed to play the winner of the weak NFC West, while the No. 6 will have to travel, presumably, to Chicago.