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NFC Playoff Picture: Saints clinging to No. 4 spot

The Saints still hold onto the NFC’s 4th spot in the playoffs, but they need to focus on winning and let the rest take care of itself.

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NFL: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

We’re in Week 15 across the NFL, which means there’s only three games left for each respective team. The New Orleans Saints are just one of the many looking to get into the postseason, as the NFC Playoff race is going to be quite a finish. The Saints haven’t moved from their 4th seeding for the third straight week in a row, and would host the Panthers if the playoffs started today. You can find the full playoff picture here.

NFC Playoffs - At a Glance

  1. Eagles (11-2)
  2. Vikings (10-3)
  3. Rams (9-4)
  4. Saints (9-4)
  5. Panthers (9-4)
  6. Falcons (8-5)
  7. Seahawks (8-5)
  8. Lions (7-6)
  9. Packers (7-6)
  10. Cowboys (7-6)
  11. Cardinals (6-7)
  12. Redskins (5-8)
  13. Buccaneers (4-9)
  14. Bears (4-9)
  15. 49ers (3-10)
  16. Giants (2-11)

Around the NFC South: The Saints host the Jets, while the Packers visit the Panthers during the slate of noon kickoffs. The Falcons take on the Buccaneers in Tampa on Monday Night Football.

Matchups to watch: The Nick Foles-led Eagles travel to take on the Giants, the Vikings host the Bengals, and the Rams travel to Seattle to clash with the Seahawks.

How the Saints can jump to No. 3: According to ESPN’s Playoff Machine, a win by the Saints and a Seahawks win over the Rams would help New Orleans jump to the 3rd seed. Of course, they have to take care of business first.