Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 12/9/12
For the first time this season, the Atlanta Falcons lost a game that wasnt even close. While the odds still favor the Falcons to win home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, the task looks a little more difficult after a 30-20 loss at Carolina in which they were thoroughly spanked. Next week, Atlanta (11-2) hosts the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, which began the day leading the NFC East at 7-6, and could face its first losing streak of the season. Traditionally, the Falcons have played well after a loss during head coach Mike Smiths five seasons their record is 19-3 -- and they also own a fantastic record at home under Smith. Thus far they are unbeaten at the Georgia Dome this season. So while its possible that the Falcons were caught looking past Carolina (4-9) to next week, its also doubtful. The Falcons need a 59-yard pass while backed up at their own 1-yard line in the final minute of regulation to pull off a miraculous 30-28 win over the Panthers o...
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