New Orleans Saints: Win/loss playoff implications of game against 49ers
Saints win; 49ers loss
As stated before, the Saints are in control of their own destiny.
A win here for the Saints would prove to the entire NFL that they are a team that is not meant to be messed with. They have already clinched the division, but this win would put them well on their way to securing a conference victory as well.
With this being the biggest game of the rest of the season, this would put the tempo straight going into the final three weeks of the year.
A Saints’ win would almost guarantee a first-round bye at either the No. 1 or No. 2 spot in the NFC conference. A win out would make them the No. 1 seed at 14-2.
A loss here by the 49ers would be devastating to the team. With a loss in week 13 to the Baltimore Ravens, the 49ers need to win out to keep pace with the also 10-2 Seattle Seahawks who are rivaling them for their own division.
San Francisco has a lot more at stake in this game then do the Saints.
A loss would almost all but solidify the 49ers having to play in a wild card unless the Seahawks lose as well (which could be the case as they travel to play the Los Angeles Rams in week 14).
The wild card spot would mean an extra game the 49ers have to play than the NFC favorite New Orleans Saints.
Obviously we are hoping for a Saints win, but it is safe to say that the 49ers definitely have more to lose and gain with a loss or a win this week. That is good for the Saints because it is not a do or die game for us. We will prove who is the better team in week 14 despite what it will do to the 49ers’ chances of winning the conference.