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Falcons become first team eliminated from playoff contention

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The Atlanta Falcons were 10 yards shy of making the Super Bowl last season. They won’t be going this year either.

With the San Francisco 49ers victory over the Washington Redskins on Monday night, the Falcons have become the first team to be officially eliminated from playoff contention.

The Falcons were no longer contenders to chase down the New Orleans Saints or Carolina Panthers for the NFC South division title, so their only hope was to make it as a wild card. The best record Atlanta can finish with is 7-9. The Panthers already have eight wins and San Francisco and the Arizona Cardinals are each 7-4. Since the 49ers and Cardinals play each other again in Week 17, one of them is guaranteed to get to eight wins, therefore eliminating the Falcons from contention. (Technically, the 49ers and Cardinals could also tie and finish at 7-8-1, which is still better than Atlanta can manage)

It’s just a reminder of how much can change in a year in the NFL.

Atlanta can now set its sights on possibly earning the No.1 overall pick in next year’s draft.

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55 Responses to “Falcons become first team eliminated from playoff contention”
  1. titusyoung says: Nov 26, 2013 12:16 AM

    At least the Falcons are still in the NFL.

    I’m not, I’m Titus Young.

  2. swchiefsfanatic says: Nov 26, 2013 12:19 AM

    Congrats TONY G. What a year to hang your hat up on. At least the HOF will list you as a chief someday.

  3. pillowporkers says: Nov 26, 2013 12:20 AM

    Well the best the Vikings can finish is 7-8-1 so they were elminated at the same time even though Atlanta has a worse record.

  4. finsguy says: Nov 26, 2013 12:23 AM

    And in more important news Roddy White also killed my fantasy hopes this year.

  5. nfl4days says: Nov 26, 2013 12:24 AM

    The only thing rising up is the falcons draft rank. Just like the falcons to pay an unproven QB 100+million and be battling for first overall pick the next year.

  6. pillowporkers says: Nov 26, 2013 12:25 AM

    Whoops nevermind forgot the nfc north was terrible. So not technically eliminated but pretty dang close.

  7. iamthorny says: Nov 26, 2013 12:25 AM

    What a nice consolation prize for Tony Gonzalez after being talked out of retirement.

    No SB’s but can always say during his last season he was on the team 1st eliminated from the playoffs.

  8. jmac34 says: Nov 26, 2013 12:32 AM

    so you’re saying there’s a chance
    – Jacksonville Jaguars

  9. bledee10 says: Nov 26, 2013 12:34 AM

    Technically SF and Arizona could both finish 7-8-1, but that still doesn’t help Atlanta.

  10. northstarnic says: Nov 26, 2013 12:36 AM

    Exactly.
    While baseball allows teams to buy championships (or at least pseudo all-star teams), making the small market contender little more than the annual novelty act that might sneak into the playoffs, but more likely serves as a farm team for the yanks, dodgers, etc.; and the NBA rigs it’s drafts and games, focused mostly on creating a pop culture environment in which it’s performers only want to play for a small number of teams (in order to have a realistic opportunity to win and/or be part of the NBA show time charade); the NFL, in spite of all its warts (and they are numerous), annually presents a compelling product in nearly every one of its markets. Obviously, the intrigue can fade quickly as the weak teams are revealed, but every team has a shot almost every year. And every horrible team has the potential to turn it around every year. That is the greatness of the NFL product.

  11. jerrysglassescleaner says: Nov 26, 2013 12:40 AM

    Yet everyone hates on President/General Manager Jerry Jones The Great, but let me tell you haters something. Jerry has rarely hit rock Bottom. The Dallas Cowboys aka America’s Team will ALWAYS be in it. Till Week 16! What happened to your Superbowl run Falcons? Falcons stand for

    F-Fans
    A-Always
    L-Left
    C-Counting
    O-On
    N-Next Season .

  12. barbeaux says: Nov 26, 2013 12:41 AM

    Yep…they can’t win until they get that stupid new stadium built…..

  13. jerrysglassescleaner says: Nov 26, 2013 12:42 AM

    F-Fans
    A-Always
    L-Left
    C-Counting
    O-On
    N-Next
    S-Season

    There i fixed it!

  14. twoticketstoparadise20 says: Nov 26, 2013 12:42 AM

    One of the Niners and Falcons isn’t guaranteed to get to 8 since could tie and both wind up 7-8-1, but the overriding point stands in that the Falcons are eliminated (ahead of the Jaguars, which has to be a source of embarrassment).

  15. jonsilver1947 says: Nov 26, 2013 12:43 AM

    To be completely accurate, at worst, SF and Arizona could both be 7-8-1 (if they tie after 5 quarters in week 17 and lose all their other games). That would still be better than Atlanta’s best possible 7-9.

  16. maurile says: Nov 26, 2013 12:47 AM

    San Francisco and Arizona could each end up with 7.5 wins. (Atlanta is still eliminated, though.)

  17. seatownballers says: Nov 26, 2013 12:49 AM

    Seriously, Atlanta should trade the first pick to Cleveland. It’d be a win-win. Brown’s could land a good qb, and falcons could load up on draft picks to fix their holes

  18. taintedsaints2009 says: Nov 26, 2013 12:59 AM

    I’m fine with the falcons getting that pick since they won’t take a quarterback. Houston, Jacksonville, and Minnesota are the quarterback seekers

  19. therealzeitgeist says: Nov 26, 2013 1:08 AM

    The Texans and Falcons are conference mirrors to their respective year-to-year fortunes.

  20. iceshocker says: Nov 26, 2013 1:12 AM

    That’s what happens when most of your team is injured and you pay your qb 100 million dollars but only invest 5 cents in your linemen

  21. damcmp says: Nov 26, 2013 1:19 AM

    I was hoping it was going to be Booby McNair’s Texans!

  22. tdubdizzle says: Nov 26, 2013 1:20 AM

    Wow that’s gotta hurt Tony.

  23. bennyb82 says: Nov 26, 2013 1:21 AM

    I think this sheds a little light on where Matt Ryan stands in comparison to the elite quarterbacks. He is much closer to a Flacco than he is to Brady, Manning, Brees, or Rodgers.

  24. kidsamoa260 says: Nov 26, 2013 1:47 AM

    Rise up….as in your draft status.

  25. dudeicle says: Nov 26, 2013 1:47 AM

    Matty who?

  26. bnwpnw says: Nov 26, 2013 2:10 AM

    Congrats Atlanta!

    I wonder what THAT parade looks like.

  27. ruffridin says: Nov 26, 2013 2:16 AM

    We want Clowney

  28. slammincamnewton says: Nov 26, 2013 2:38 AM

    This makes my day.

  29. socal9er says: Nov 26, 2013 3:07 AM

    How far they done fell..the NFL is crazy.

  30. mclovin07 says: Nov 26, 2013 3:15 AM

    The real question is: Will Mike Smith be the first coach sacked at the end of the season??

  31. timcast12 says: Nov 26, 2013 3:16 AM

    I said they would suck this season but no one believed me

  32. omniscient48 says: Nov 26, 2013 3:17 AM

    There must be some mistake. I thought most of the “experts” stated they were going to the Super Bowl this year.

  33. spacemaker101 says: Nov 26, 2013 3:27 AM

    They better take clowney

  34. skoobyfl says: Nov 26, 2013 4:21 AM

    Ryan better keep those strangers off his shoulders.

  35. tdubdizzle says: Nov 26, 2013 4:39 AM

    Atlanta will do just enough to get out of the top five.Even when they win they lose.

  36. keltictim says: Nov 26, 2013 6:35 AM

    Parity. It effects every team but the patriots. Their down years still end in the playoffs. Oh Brady gets hurt? No worries they still banged out 11-5 , first 11-5 team to ever miss the playoffs.

  37. eagleswin says: Nov 26, 2013 6:40 AM

    All I know is that using Roddy White as a decoy for the first 6 weeks of the season caused him to have another injury which has caused him to be ineffective the last 6 weeks as well. So maybe next year if a player has an injury that renders him ineffective the coach might actually sit his ass down and let him heal.

  38. jgedgar70 says: Nov 26, 2013 7:26 AM

    So the Falcons got eliminated before the Jags… guess that shows how unbelievably average the AFC is…

  39. novoodoo4409 says: Nov 26, 2013 7:38 AM

    Epic fail of an organization, team and fan base…

    We had no coach last year due to a faux bounty claim, but still finished 7-9….what’s your excuse?

    All the smack talk last year against the Saints from a team that has never won a SB…lmao…Karma…

    Falclowns…forever SB ringless in da ATL..

    We will have our second Lombardi before you even sniff the playoffs again…

    Real owner of the Falclowns? Answer: Sean Payton

    Who dat, we dat…

  40. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 26, 2013 7:39 AM

    Cut Tony G. and let him make a run with the Chiefs. Good for Tony, good for the Falcons finances. What you might call a win-win.

  41. atlfan31833 says: Nov 26, 2013 7:58 AM

    Atlanta is working for more than just the first pick. They are also giving time to future starters like Worrilow, Bartu, and Motta who look like they can be studs next year. Considering they were undrafted rookie free agents then it’s an even bigger score.

  42. touchdownroddywhite says: Nov 26, 2013 7:59 AM

    I think it’s been a foregone conclusion they were done for at least the last month now. Good showing in slowing down the Saints. Now get all the young guys as much playing time as possible and see what’s on hand for next year.

  43. sb44champs says: Nov 26, 2013 8:12 AM

    Roddy White deserves to be on this team..

  44. kane337 says: Nov 26, 2013 8:19 AM

    Falcons are down with the Clown

  45. hpeters77 says: Nov 26, 2013 8:25 AM

    The falcons all year were saying rise up, I guess they meant rise up the draft board

  46. thedownwardspiral says: Nov 26, 2013 8:27 AM

    But I thought they had a franchise QB and “unstoppable” WR’s?

    What a great organization. Please stay in the NFC South!!

  47. deathonwings410 says: Nov 26, 2013 8:32 AM

    Jadeveon Clowney or a king’s ransom for the no 1 pick?

  48. spicymudbugs says: Nov 26, 2013 9:06 AM

    Once again the Falcons are right where they belong. Loser team with loser fans

  49. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Nov 26, 2013 9:14 AM

    Great season for Gonzalez come back.
    Maybe he can retire early and Matt Ryan can scream at him to GET OFF HIS FIELD.
    Real tough guy Ryan is.

  50. sb44champs says: Nov 26, 2013 10:23 AM

    hpeters77 says:
    Nov 26, 2013 8:25 AM
    The falcons all year were saying rise up, I guess they meant rise up the draft board
    =========================
    Maybe they were talking about their 3rd leg..

  51. salmen76 says: Nov 26, 2013 11:04 AM

    Ha Ha to the scrub Falcons. Yall had your shot again and blew it just like last year in the NFC Championship game in their OWN stadium. Oh wait, i meant to say “in their own large blow-up camping tent called the Georgia Dome”. Ha Ha! Saints swept the Falcons right out of the playoffs and right in to the first pick of the draft. They’re gonna need it. Ha Ha. Geaux Saints!

  52. raiderseliminatedfromplayoffsalready says: Nov 26, 2013 11:07 AM

    Next up…The Chokeland Raisins.

  53. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 26, 2013 12:07 PM

    Arthur Blank is just an awful owner. He really knows how to spend a ton of money to get his team nothing in return. One of the worst big spenders in NFL history. What a shame. Give Matt Ryan another raise. Maybe that will create more wins somehow.

  54. sb44champs says: Nov 26, 2013 1:29 PM

    Not sure who is worse out of Arthur Blank or Dan Sneider…. At least Sneider owns the Skins, Sean Payton owns the Falcons lol

  55. gammynomnom says: Nov 29, 2013 9:13 AM

    well, at least this season answred the question of wether Matt Ryan is elite or not.
    Without being surrounded by pro bowl talent at every position, he has shown himself to be quite below average.
    Gret contract, Arthur Blank.

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