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The Giants really blew it. They?ll need plenty of help to earn a playoff spot. Meanwhile, the Seahawks look like the most dangerous team in the NFC.

1. Atlanta Falcons 13-2 (Last week, 1): The Falcons clinched home-field advantage with a win over the Lions.

2.?Seattle Seahawks 10-5 (Last week, 4): The Seahawks are pounding teams just in time for the playoffs. Watch out for Seattle.

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Lots of shaking up in the NFC playoff picture this week. Even with all the possible scenarios, if the Giants win both games, they make the playoffs.

1.?Atlanta Falcons 12-2 (Last week, 1): The Falcons rebounded in a huge way after a Week 14 loss to the Panthers to pound the Giants. This is the type of win that could give a team momentum heading into the playoffs.

2.?Green Bay Packers 10-4 (Last week, 2): The Packers clinched the NFC North division title with a win over the Bears.

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The NFC East will be a tight race down the stretch, but it?s looking like the NFC West will be too.

1.?Atlanta Falcons 11-2 (Last week, 1): The Falcons were embarrassed by the Panthers, but they retain the top spot. The Giants can really send Atlanta a message this weekend.

2.?Green Bay Packers 9-4 (Last week, 2): The Packers battled the Lions in the snow to pick up a victory. Just imagine if this team was healthy all season?

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The Falcons suffered their first loss of the season, while the Bears and Giants both lost and 49ers tied.

1.??? Atlanta Falcons 8-1 (Last week, 1): The Falcons won?t be finishing this season undefeated, but they remain in the top spot. Again, this is just a formality at this point, as Atlanta will have to show it can win in the playoffs.

2.?? Chicago Bears 7-2 (Last week, 2): Holding the Houston Texans to just 13 points was an accomplishment for the Bears? defense, but the injury to Jay Cutler stunted any sort of offensive attack. But defense wins games in this league, keeping the Bears at No. 2.

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From Jimmy Kempski of Blogging the Beast:

Week 1 is in the books, and overreactions are rampant. ?Prior to the preseason, I did my?first hierarchy. ?For this version, only one team moved more than 3 spots. ?That would be the Giants, who I made the #1 team as sort of a courtesy for being the champs. ? They dropped all the way to 7.

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