Defensive end Cameron Jordan #94 of the New Orleans Saints sacks quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons during a game at the Georgia Dome on November 21, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Atlanta Falcons were 10 yards shy of making the Super Bowl last season. They won't be going this year either.
With the San Francisco 49ers victory over the Washington Redskins on Monday night, the Falcons have become the first team to be officially eliminated from playoff contention.
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The Falcons were no longer contenders to chase down the New Orleans Saints or Carolina Panthers for the NFC South division title, so their only hope was to make it as a wild card.
The best record Atlanta can finish with is 7-9.
The Panthers already have eight wins and San Francisco and the Arizona Cardinals are each 7-4. Since the 49ers and Cardinals play each other again in Week 17, one of them is guaranteed to get to eight wins, therefore eliminating the Falcons from contention.