NFL Playoff Picture: Falcons And Lions Lead NFC Wild Card Race

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 15: (L-R) Roddy White #84 and Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrate after White scored a 6-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Georgia Dome on December 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions lead the way in the NFC Wild Card race.

If the 2011 NFL season were to end today, your two Wild Card teams would be the Atlanta Falcons and the Detroit Lions. As it stands right now, these two teams lead the way for the Wild Card, but a lot can change over the final three weeks of the season. 

The Chicago Bears, without Jay Cutler, can make a push for one of the Wild Card positions if they can win out the remainder of the 2011 NFL season. That will be tough sledding however, with back up quarterback Caleb Hanie playing the rest of the way. 

The New York Giants as it stands are also in the Wild Card hunt, but they're also in the hunt for the NFC East division title. If the Giants can continue winning in the final three games as well as get some help from other teams, they could make a late push for the playoffs.

For more on the 2011 NFL playoffs, visit SB Nation NFL.

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