What playoff seed will the New Orleans Saints finish with?
With a win against the Colts, the playoffs are inevitable, but what seed will the New Orleans Saints finish with on the NFC side of the playoffs?
After the win against the Indianapolis Colts, the New Orleans Saints remain the No. 3 seed in the NFC. Green Bay is the No. 2 seed and Seattle is the No. 1 seed on the same side. A question we have been hearing is why are the Saints No. 3 if they beat the Seahawks?
The reason is that in a tiebreaker situation, the rule is 1) head-to-head, 2) conference win-loss records, and then 3) common opponents’ records. However, when the tiebreaker is between more than two teams, the No. 1 option gets thrown out and they start at No. 2.
The Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers both have a better conference record than the New Orleans Saints. Therefore that is the reason the Saints’ stayed in the No. 3 seed. Will that be the case after week 17?
It will be reassuring to know that the New Orleans Saints have the easiest road to winning their final two games. They play the Tennessee Titans and the Carolina Panthers. The Seahawks still have to play the 49ers and the Packers still have to play the Vikings — both are playoff teams.
What would it take for the Saints to move up to the No. 2 or No. 1 seed?