With a win over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday, the New Orleans Saints will clinch the NFC South and be on their way to the playoffs.
The New Orleans Saints are currently 3-1 in the NFC South.
They have played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers twice, the Atlanta Falcons once, and the Carolina Panthers once. On Thursday, they play the Falcons for the second time and have an opportunity to go 4-1 in the NFC South and clinch the top spot as well as a playoff spot in the 2020 NFL Playoffs.
Ahead of their big showdown with the Atlanta Falcons for that top spot, let’s take a look at the games that have led up to the New Orleans Saints being in this situation.
October 6, 2019 – vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The New Orleans Saints won this game 31-24 in their first matchup against an NFC South team. The Saints played this game with Teddy Bridgewater under center instead of Drew Brees who was out with thumb injury.
Bridgewater threw for four touchdowns in this win and the Saints team ran for over 100 yards.
November 10, 2019 – vs Atlanta Falcons
This was the weakest point of the New Orleans Saints NFC South tour. They lost this game in dramatic fashion 26-9. The Saints could not get anything going kicking three field goals on nine total drives in the game — three of which ended on non-converted 4th downs.
Everything seemed right for the Falcons and everything seemed wrong for the Saints. They also only ran the ball 9 times between Murray and Kamara.
November 17, 2019 – vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In the second meeting between these two, the outcome was not much different. The Saints scored 34 to the Buccaneers 17.
The difference in this game was the secondary of the Saints. They picked off Jameis Winston four times and Marcus Williams returned one to the endzone for a score. The defense won this game for the New Orleans Saints. It is great to see the secondary coming through big!
November 24, 2019 – vs Carolina Panthers
This one ended in dramatic fashion as it came down to a missed field goal by the Panthers and a last-second drive for a field goal to win the game by Wil Lutz. This is the closest game since Week 1 for the Saints — one in which Lutz also won. This was more of a wake-up call for New Orleans than it was a good victory, but I am glad that a victory came with the wake-up call.
This thanksgiving will prove to be one of great cheer for the New Orleans Saints fans. We will get a win against our rivals who ousted us our last time through. We will also clinch our division this early into the year!
The playoffs await this team.
It is looking like the Saints will be the only team to represent the NFC South in the playoffs and may even be the best team in the NFC conference as a whole.