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NFL Playoff Picture: Saints Still Safe

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Division Leaders

Record

Wild Card

Record

In the Hunt

Record

12-2

10-4

8-6

10-4

9-5

8-6

9-4



6-8

6-8



5-9


Here's a look at the current playoff picture if the season were to end today. Keep in mind the Bears and Vikings still need to battle it out tonight on MNF but the outcome of that game won't effect the Saints.

Thanks to the Giants meltdown against the Eagles yesterday the Saints still have their hands on the first wildcard slot and the 5th overall seed in the NFC. Technically the Saints are still mathematically in the hunt for the NFC South title but let's be realistic. Even if the Saints win out, including a defeat over the Falcons next week, there is no way in hell the Falcons lose to the Panthers in Week 17, which is what would need to happen.

The Saints do want to win out, however, in order to ensure that 5th seed and the opportunity to play whatever weak opponent winds up winning the NFC West with probably a losing record. That race is still wide open so the question is: who will it be?