I think it is. Here's why:
#1- It's a home game. You have to win your home games and steal some on the road to make the playoffs.
#2- It's a division game. The easiest way to make the playoffs is to win your division. More importantly, it's a division game against the only other dominant threat in the NFC South.
#3- A victory would set the tone for Ryan's new defense and Payton's return.
Can we make the playoffs with a loss? Sure. Does a victory mean we win the Super Bowl? No. But this is a damn important game out of the box- probably the biggest one in several seasons.
ETA: If we lose to Atlanta at home, it's likely that we lose to them on the road as well. If we drop both games to them, winning the NFC South will be very difficult. We have to hold serve here.
This post was edited on 8/20 at 12:47 pm