We as San Francisco 49ers fans cannot really crow about anything these days, but at least the NFC South exists to keep us mildly entertained. The Atlanta Falcons lost to the Green Bay Packers 43-37 on Monday Night Football, in a game in which they almost pulled out a wild comeback.
The loss dropped the Falcons to 5-8, but they will remain in first place in the NFC South. They are tied with the New Orleans Saints, who also lost in Week 14. The tie goes to Atlanta for now due to their one home win over the Saints. These two square off in Week 16 at the Superdome. Considering the Saints have lost four straight home games, this is a complete toss-up.
Heading into that game, the Falcons will host the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15, while the Saints travel to face the Chicago Bears. I think we all can continue to root for further losses to potentially set up a 6-10 division champ. I have a hunch we end up with a 7-9 division champ, but we can dare to dream, can't we? I suppose if we really want to dream, we dream for a Week 16 tie, and thus a 5-10-1 division champ. But that might be too much to hope for.
It's not a pretty time for 49ers fans right now, so we might as well take pleasure in the bizarre nature of other aspects of the NFL.