Falcons' playoff push could end before Sunday

Cowboys win over Saints Saturday would knock Falcons out of playoffs

The Falcons could be officially eliminated from the playoffs before they take the field Sunday against the New York Jets.

A victory by Dallas Saturday over New Orleans would knock the Falcons (6-7) out of the playoffs. The Cowboys would have a 9-5 record with two games remaining and, by virtue of their win over the Falcons in October, hold the tiebreaker if the Falcons won their final three games to finish 9-7.

The Saints (13-0) have clinched the NFC South and are the frontrunners for the conference's top seed. The Eagles (9-4), Vikings (11-2) and Cardinals (8-5) currently lead their divisions while the Packers (9-4) and Cowboys (8-5) currently hold the two wild-card berths.

The New York Giants (7-6) currently hold the seventh spot and are still in contention for a wild-card with the Eagles Falcons.

CURRENT NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

1. Saints (13-0), NFC South champ

2. Vikings (11-2), NFC North leader

3. Eagles (9-4), NFC East leader

4. Cardinals (8-5), NFC West leader

5. Packers (9-4), Wild-card leader

6. Cowboys (8-5), Wild card

STILL IN HUNT

7. Giants (7-6)

8. Falcons (6-7)

9. Niners (6-7)