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                        === Falcons clinch NFC South ===
 
 Denver,  CO (Sports Network) - Thanks to Tampa Bay's loss to Denver on Sunday,
 the Atlanta Falcons have clinched the top spot in the NFC South.
 
 Atlanta  had defeated the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night to move to 11-1
 on  the season,  five games ahead of  the Buccaneers with only four to play in
 the regular season.
 
 The  Falcons have now won their division for the second time in the past three
 seasons  and hold a  2 1/2-game lead over San Francisco for the best record in
 the NFC.
 
 
 
 
 
 12/02 19:30:26 ET