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NFC Playoff Picture: Saints in great position heading into Week 13

All things considered, the No. 2 seed isn’t a bad look for New Orleans.

Carolina Panthers v New Orleans Saints Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Week 13 starts today, and the New Orleans Saints (9-2) will travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons (3-8) in an NFC South rematch from a couple weeks ago to close out a Thanksgiving triple-header. Entering the week, Sean Payton’s team could virtually backstroke into the playoffs, but we know that won’t be the case down the stretch. The latest NFL playoff picture has the Saints as the No. 2 seed in the NFC, which means they would have a first-round bye in the playoffs. You can find the full NFL playoff picture here.

NFC Playoffs - At a Glance

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

Around the NFC South: No more bye weeks from here on out, as the Saints and Falcons meet this week at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Panthers host the Redskins on Sunday during the noon slate of kickoffs, while the Buccaneers take on the Jaguars in Jacksonville at the same time.

A Saints win would allow New Orleans to win the NFC South for the third straight year.

Matchups to watch: The 49ers travel to take on the Ravens, while the Vikings face the Seahawks in Seattle on Monday Night Football. The Packers travel east to take on the Giants, while the Cowboys host the Bills in the afternoon Thanksgiving slot on FOX. The Eagles may be the team to watch, as they’ll take on the Dolphins in Miami on Sunday. They have a lot of question marks now, but if they can somehow put it together over their final games, they could unseat Dallas as the NFC East champs.