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Saints vs. Buccaneers: Week 17 Live Game Thread

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The 2017 regular season finale is upon us, as the Saints and Bucs clash for a rematch.

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The New Orleans Saints (11-4) close out their 2017 season by taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11) on the road in Week 17. It’s the 52 meeting between the two franchises, that dates back to 1977. New Orleans has won 10 out of the last 12 meetings, which includes 4 out of the past 5 games at Raymond James Stadium.

What’s at stake for the Saints? Well, a win ensures that they win the NFC South and holds onto the No. 4 seed at least, regardless of what happens between the Panthers and Falcons. They can also win the division if the Falcons upset the Panthers.

Also, there’s three ways that Sean Payton’s squad can jump to the No. 3 seed, but it’s all depending on if Jimmy Garoppolo can beat the Rams, who will be sitting some of their starters. Of course, this is all pointless until the Saints take care of their own business, which has been the case all season.