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Kickoff for New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers game moved to 3:25 p.m.

Saints battling for No. 1 seed in NFC playoffs

Game action photos from the New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings matchup on Christmas Day in Week 16 of the 2020 NFL season.

With the New Orleans Saints in the mix for the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs, the NFL has moved the team's Week 17 game at the Carolina Panthers from noon to 3:25 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3. Fox will broadcast the game.

The Saints are 11-4 and have won the NFC South for the fourth consecutive season and can earn the top seed if the Chicago Bears (8-7) defeat the Green Bay Packers (12-3) and the Seattle Seahawks (11-4) beat the San Francisco 49ers (6-9). All three of those games will be played at 3:25 p.m. Sunday. The Bears are still in the mix for the final wild-card spot while the 49ers have been eliminated from possibly making the playoffs.

The Panthers (5-10) defeated the Washington Football Team 20-13 on Sunday, Dec. 27. The Saints defeated the Panthers 27-24 on Oct. 25 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Because of the change in the playoff format this season (seven teams in each conference instead of six) only the top seed receives a first-round bye. The Saints are guaranteed a home playoff game no matter the results of the Week 17 games.

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