Why Securing Home-Field Advantage Makes Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl Favorites

December 23, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

A win over the Detroit Lions on Saturday secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs for the Atlanta Falcons, giving them the fast track to representing the NFC in the Super Bowl. Atlanta is a formidable squad, going undefeated at home in 2012.
It won its first three home contests over the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders by a combined 11 points. Its second two, against the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals, were won by a combined 10 points. Then Atlanta beat the New Orleans Saints by 10 and shut out the New York Giants en route to a 34-0 thrashing.
The home momentum is building for the Falcons.
ESPN’s NFL Playoff Machine projects (with Power Rankings as the matchup-deciding criteria) the following NFC seeding setup:
1. Atlanta Falcons
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. Green Bay Packers
4. Washington Redskins
5. Seattle Seahawks
6. Chicago Bears
For the sake of simplicity, let’s say that the higher-s...

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