EAGLES NO. 1 IN NFC, PACKERS OUT, FALCONS IN WITH 24-21 WIN!

By Sam Bush

The Falcons stayed alive in the NFC playoffs push with their 24-21 win last night over the Bucs, with the Eagles perched at No. 1:

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1. yz- EAGLES (12-2): NFC East champion. They survived the Giants to ensure themselves at least a first-round bye.

2. y-Minnesota Vikings (11-3): NFC North champion. Newly crowned division champions still have shot at home-field advantage … and a shot to play Super Bowl on home field.

3. Los Angeles Rams (10-4): NFC West leader. They gave the Seahawks a shocking beating at CenturyLink Field that likely means L.A. is headed to postseason while Seattle probably isn’t.

4. New Orleans Saints (10-4): NFC South leader. Surprisingly struggled against punchless Jets but managed to retain division lead.

5. Carolina Panthers (10-4): Wild card No. 1. Technically tied for first place but getting swept by Saints keeps Panthers on wild-card path.

6. Atlanta Falcons (9-5): Wild card No. 2. They’ve beaten the Seahawks, Lions and Cowboys, so Atlanta enjoys a one-game lead but owns key tiebreaker over pursuers. Last night’s win in Tampa officially ended Packers’ season.

In the hunt: Seattle Seahawks (8-6), Detroit Lions (8-6), Dallas Cowboys (8-6)

x-clinched playoff berth
y-clinched division
z-clinched first-round bye

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