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New Orleans Saints Updated Playoff Scenarios


Dec 15, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) looks on after throwing a incomplete pass during the second half against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams defeated the Saints 27-16. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The playoff scenarios for the New Orleans Saints are a bit wild.

Conventinal wisdom says the Saints will make the postseason, but as what seed remains to be seen. The Saints have an outside shot at the No. 1 seed in the NFC, a good chance at the No. 2 seed and are virtually a lock for a wild card.

Here are the updated scenarios now that Week 15 has officially ended, via ESPN’s Mike Triplett.

To win the No. 2 seed:

  • Saints (10-4) win Sunday at Carolina (10-4), they clinch the NFC South title and the No. 2 seed in the NFC…Or Saints lose Sunday, winning in Week 17 against Tampa Bay and having the Panthers lose at Atlanta.

To win the No. 1 seed:

  • Saints, Seattle Seahawks (12-2) and San Francisco 49ers (10-4) all finish at 12-4, the Saints will win the No. 1 seed because San Francisco would win the NFC West under that scenario.

To clinch a wild-card berth:

  • Saints will clinch a playoff spot with one more victory.
  • Saints will win all tie-breakers for the No. 5 or No. 6 seed if they finish with the same record as San Francisco and/or Arizona.

So yes, playoffs are a strong possibility. Ideally, the Saints make a push for the seemingly impossible No. 1 seed so that the team does not have to hit the road, where it has struggled mightily this season.

How do you see things shaping up for the Saints in these final two weeks?

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