Saints win to put pressure on Falcons

Matt Ryan and the Falcons must win on Sunday in New Orleans.

Well, thank you Chicago Bears.

The Bears did not help the Falcons at all Monday night, as they lost at home to the New Orleans Saints. The standings in the NFC South are a bit clearer now and not as bunched up.

New Orleans- 6-8
Carolina- 5-8-1
Atlanta- 5-9

That is still pretty bunched up, isn't it? The division really comes down to this Sunday's game between the Falcons and the Saints in New Orleans.

If the Falcons win, they'll be tied with the Saints at 6-9 but will have the tie-breaker with two wins over their chief rival.

If the Saints win, they will be 7-8 and the Falcons will fall to 5-10. That will end Atlanta's chance at a playoff birth and they'll be eliminated from the NFC South race.

Carolina will play at home against the Cleveland Browns this Sunday. The Panthers are still in this race. After losing six in a row, Carolina has won two in a row and have a chance.

But the focus of the NFL will be on the Superdome Sunday as the Falcons and Saints will be battling it out for the NFC South title.

The Falcons know what they have to do. It's pretty simple. Win and they have a great shot to win the division. A loss will only ramp up speculation on what's to come once the season ends regarding the future of head coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

The Falcons and Saints always play like it's a Super Bowl. That won't be on the line Sunday, but it'll be close.

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