The New Orleans Saints will find themselves battling the San Fransisco 49ers for what might be the game that will decide who is the NFC’s best team and top seed?
The New Orleans Saints season and the San Fransisco 49ers season are on a crash course for week 14 to battle it out for the No.1 seed in the NFC. Let’s also still put Seattle, who will play and potentially beat San Fran again, in the equation.
The No. 1 seed comes with a first-round bye in the NFL playoffs and just one less game either team has to win. The Saints control their own destiny when it comes to the NFC seeding, as long as the 49ers don’t somehow manage to go 15-1.
The 49ers beat the Packers and the Saints beat the Panthers.
The only thing that stands in the way of the 49ers for the Saints is the Falcons in week 13. A game that will prove to be a revengeful one because of the way the Falcons beat the Saints earlier in the year. Coming off of two divisional wins, the Saints should pound the Falcons.
On a three-win streak, the Saints will then meet the 49ers in week 14.
According to Josh Schrock of NBC, “The 10-1 49ers have a one-game lead on both the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks for the No. 1 seed. The Saints currently occupy the No. 2 seed, while the Seahawks own the No, 5 seed. The Packers slipped down to the No. 3 seed with the loss and would face the No. 6 seed Minnesota Vikings if the playoffs started as of this writing. The Seahawks would visit the No. 4 seed Cowboys, who fell to 6-5 with a loss to the Patriots on Sunday.”
The No. 1 seed is entirely in the hands of how well the New Orleans Saints can play. If they win out the No. 1 seed is theirs, but should they lose to San Fransisco, barring a miracle, they will be the No. 2 seed.
The 49ers have a tough schedule from here on out.
They have the Ravens, Saints, Falcons, Rams, and Seahawks. WOW! THat’s tough. Those teams are a combined 36-19. With three of them being among the top-six teams in the entire NFL, the 49ers will find it tough to go 4-1 or a perfect 5-0.
New Orleans has Carolina, Atlanta, San Fran, Indianapolis and Tennessee. It’s not easy, but it’s far easier than the Niners schedule, allowing the Saints hope that they’ll manage a top-two seed even with a Week 14 loss.
The good thing is, they are going to clinch the NFC South this week against the Atlanta Falcons making a playoff appearance certain. The only question will be where do they have to play and when.