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Football

NFL

AMERICAN CONFERENCE

East

WLTPctPFPA
New England830.727407244
Miami560.455211226
N.Y. Jets470.364221290
Buffalo470.364243319

South

WLTPctPFPA
Houston1010.909327211
Indianapolis740.636230273
Tennessee470.364238335
Jacksonville290.182188308

North

WLTPctPFPA
Baltimore920.818283219
Pittsburgh650.545231210
Cincinnati650.545282247
Cleveland380.273209248

West

WLTPctPFPA
Denver830.727318221
San Diego470.364245237
Oakland380.273218356
Kansas City1100.091161301

NATIONAL CONFERENCE

East

WLTPctPFPA
N.Y. Giants740.636305226
Washington560.455295285
Dallas560.455242262
Philadelphia380.273184282

South

WLTPctPFPA
Atlanta1010.909294216
Tampa Bay650.545310254
New Orleans560.455308304
Carolina380.273214265

North

WLTPctPFPA
Chicago830.727277175
Green Bay740.636273245
Minnesota650.545248249
Detroit470.364267280

West

WLTPctPFPA
San Francisco821.773276155
Seattle650.545219185
St. Louis461.409205254
Arizona470.364180227

Today

New Orleans at Atlanta, 8:20 p.m.

Sunday

Seattle at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Minnesota at Green Bay, 1 p.m.

San Francisco at St. Louis, 1 p.m.

Carolina at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Arizona at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.

Indianapolis at Detroit, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

New England at Miami, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Denver, 4:05 p.m.

Cleveland at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

Cincinnati at San Diego, 4:25 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 4:25 p.m.

Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:20 p.m.

Monday

N.Y. Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m.

PLAYOFF SCENARIOS

AFC

HOUSTON

Clinches playoff spot with:

– Win or tie, or

– Miami and Pittsburgh loss or tie, or

– Miami and Cincinnati loss or tie, or

– Pittsburgh and Cincinnati loss

BALTIMORE

Clinches AFC North with:

– Win and Cincinnati loss

Clinches a playoff spot with:

– Win, or

– Tie and Cincinnati loss and Miami loss or tie

NEW ENGLAND

Clinches AFC East with:

– Win

DENVER

Clinches AFC West with:

– Win, or

– Tie and San Diego loss or tie, or

– San Diego loss

NFC

ATLANTA

Clinches NFC South division with:

– Win and Tampa Bay loss or tie, or

– Tie and Tampa Bay loss

Clinches a playoff spot with:

– Win and Seattle loss or tie, or

– Tie and Seattle loss and Minnesota loss

NEW ORLEANS (5-6) AT ATLANTA (10-1)

When – Thursday, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network

Opening Line – Falcons by 3 1/2

Record vs. Spread – New Orleans 6-5; Atlanta 6-4-1

Series Record – Falcons lead 46-41

AP Pro32 Ranking – Saints No. 15; Falcons No. 3

Last Meeting – Saints beat Falcons 31-27, Nov. 11

Last Week – 49ers beat Saints 31-21; Falcons beat Buccaneers 24-23

Saints Offense – Overall (8), Rush (27), Pass (5)

Saints Defense – Overall (32), Rush (32), Pass (30)

Falcons Offense – Overall (6), Rush (28), Pass (2)

Falcons Defense – Overall (14), Rush (22), Pass (13)

Streaks, Stats and Notes – Although Atlanta holds lead in all-time series, Saints have won four straight and 11 of last 13 meetings. ... Saints’ longest win streak in series is six from Dec. 14, 1986 through Nov. 19, 1989. ... Falcons won 10 straight in series from 1995-99. ... Falcons coach Mike Smith 2-7 against Saints, 51-15 against rest of league. ... QB Drew Brees 11-2 against Falcons since joining Saints in 2006. He has averaged 302.8 yards passing in those games with 100.6 rating. ... Brees has at least one TD pass in NFL-record 54 consecutive games. ... Saints won 26-23 in OT in last visit to Georgia Dome on Nov. 13, 2011. ... Falcons can clinch NFC South with win over Saints and Denver win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. Falcons clinch playoff spot with win and Seattle loss or tie. ... In Saints win earlier this month, New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham (146 yards, 2 TDs) and Atlanta’s Tony Gonzalez (122 yards, 2 TDs) became first set of tight ends to each have at least 120 yards receiving and two touchdowns in same game. ... WR Marques Colston has team-record 56 career touchdowns, passing Deuce McAllister last week. ... Falcons’ Matt Ryan only QB in Super Bowl era to win 31 of first 35 home starts.

INJURY REPORT

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS at ATLANTA FALCONS – SAINTS: OUT: S Isa Abdul-Quddus (concussion), T Charles Brown (knee), DE Junior Galette (ankle), DT Tom Johnson (back), WR Courtney Roby (shoulder, ankle). QUESTIONABLE: T Zach Strief (groin), TE David Thomas (knee), CB Corey White (knee). PROBABLE: CB Elbert Mack (concussoin). FALCONS: QUESTIONABLE: DT Peria Jerry (quadriceps), CB Asante Samuel (shoulder). PROBABLE: T Sam Baker (groin), WR Kevin Cone (groin), WR Harry Douglas (ankle), S Charles Mitchell (calf), LB Stephen Nicholas (knee), TE Michael Palmer (back), CB Dunta Robinson (illness), DT Vance Walker (ribs), LB Sean Weatherspoon (ankle).

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