Atlanta Falcons Week 13: The Best Week Ever for NFC South Champs?

Christopher BehelerCorrespondent IIIDecember 3, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 29: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons passes against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome on November 29, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia  (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Falcons may have had their best week ever. The newly crowned NFC South champions spent Sunday watching their playoff seeding improve and reveling in the afterglow of their most satisfying win of the season.

Defeating the Saints

The Falcons' Week 13 started early when they faced the New Orleans Saints. The Falcons played a defensive masterpiece as they picked off Drew Brees five times and ended Brees' touchdown streak.
The offense started fast before becoming mired down in the second and third quarters. They finished strong and secured a 23-13 victory over their bitter rivals.

At 11-1, the Falcons could relax on Sunday and hope for a little separation from the rest of the NFC.

Everything Breaks Falcons' Way

If the Falcons had a wish list, almost everything got checked off. The Denver Broncos downed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to hand the Atlanta Falcons the NFC South title.

The two of the teams with the closest records, the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers, both fell to subpar teams on Sunday. The Bears now fall into a tie with the Green Bay Packers. The Falcons can only hope the added pressure will weaken either team that makes it to the playoffs.

Likewise, the 49ers now only hold a one-game lead on the Seattle Seahawks, and the Dallas Cowboys closed the gap a little in the NFC East. With the NFC South in hand, the Falcons are in position to let the other division leaders beat each other up over the final month of the season.

Previewing Week 14

The Falcons got plenty of film on their next opponent, the Carolina Panthers. Cam Newton had a solid game with three touchdowns and 310 yards of total offense, but the Panthers fell to the Kansas City Chiefs 27-21.

The Panthers will try to build on the offense’s improvement when the Atlanta Falcons visit on Sunday, December 9. The Falcons will be rested, but will they be focused?

The division may be done, but the race for home-field advantage continues. But for now, Atlanta can enjoy the best week ever.