The New Orleans Saints are gearing up for their regular season finale against the Carolina Panthers. Lead by Drew Brees the Saints have already won the NFC South, but there is still plenty on the line for the Saints.
New Orleans is currently the NFC’s third seed with their 12-3 record, the same record held by the second seeded San Francisco 49ers. But all that could flip-flop Sunday with just a little help.
First the 49ers will need to lose against the Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. That’s easier said then done when you consider San Francisco held the Rams scoreless in defeat just a few weeks ago.
Of course the Saints would have to beat Carolina — having already done so earlier this season 30-27 — and assuming Sean Payton plays his starters for the entirety of the game it’s seems very likely the Saints can get the win at the Superdome where they are undefeated this season.
Payton has already confirmed that he intends to play starters, and will “play to win”, but with a simultaneous kick-off tomorrow with the 49ers game, those plans could change depending on how the match-up further north is playing out.
No one is more against playing his starters than Payton, and who can blame him after last season when starters Jimmy Graham, Chris Ivory, and Malcolm Jenkins were all injured in a meaningless last game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.