The New Orleans Saints will make the NFL Playoffs

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The loss to the 49ers isn’t making the road to the playoffs any easier, but action from around the NFL in week 12 has certainly put the Saints in a very favorable position.

Jan 14, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) warms up before the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. San Francisco defeated New Orleans 36-32. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE


Atlanta predictably pulled out a close win against Tampa Bay; Miami somehow pulled a win out of their hat against Seattle; and Minnesota lost to Chicago.

Looking at the teams left chasing the final wildcard spot and their schedules as we come to the close of the season, New Orleans has the best shot of getting in.

The Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers look like the teams that will take the first round bye.

Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, and New York Giants round out the rest of the playoff picture with one spot left for one NFC hopeful.

The remaining contenders for the final playoff spot are: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-5), Seattle Seahawks (6-5), Minnesota Vikings (6-5), New Orleans Saints (5-6), Washington Redskins(5-6),  and Dallas Cowboys (5-6)

The Giants could win the NFC East with a win against the Redskins next weekend. A Giants win would also knock the Redskins out of the playoff race.

Minnesota faces the Green Bay Packers (twice), Chicago Bears for the second time, and the Houston Texans. I think I hurt myself when I typed this. Tough schedule; Vikings most likely out of the race.

Seattle faces Chicago next week, potential spoilers in Buffalo and against Arizona, and San Francisco to finish their schedule. If they can’t win they are out of the playoff race.

Tampa Bay will have to go through Denver, New Orleans, and Atlanta in order to make the playoffs. A very tall task to ask from Josh Freeman and company.

Dallas barely has hope of making the playoffs. They play Pittsburgh, Cincinatti, RGIII (oh and the rest of the Redskins), and New Orleans. Not looking too good there for “America’s Team.”


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  • seenoland

    “The Saints need to handle their business in the Georgia Dome against the Atlanta Falcons in order to begin locking up their spot in the playoffs.”
    …good luck with that, Santa ain’t bringing you that for Christmas.

    • louisianakid1954

      I know that’s right they can’t afford another loss, yes they do need to handle their business in the Georgia Dome because Atlanta Falcons want to prove a point to the Saints.

  • James C. Morse

    …Love my Saints but, Ian, it Aints’ happening. :(

  • DulyNoted

    Of course, they’d have to win on Thursday, which would seem unlikely. Then again, will Coach Smith play injured key players just to win against the Saints? Are the Saints worth the cost of putting players at even more risk when they are already injured? I don’t think that winning against the Saints is worth that much this regular season. Coach Smith might want to test backups, not just to give injured players some rest but also to give backups some playing time. Atlanta is in the driver’s seat, no matter how the Falcons fare against the Saints. Besides, the Falcons might even take satisfaction in having Saints fans feel like they’ve won the Super Bowl, if their team manages to pull off another win against the otherwise unbeaten Falcons. The Falcons need to focus on bigger challenges this year than beating the Saints, like beating their Super Bowl opponent.

  • Jeff Coz

    If they keep kicking opponent players in the head it will probably help…