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New Orleans Saints playoff scenarios heading into Week 17

New Orleans needs some help to secure a first-round bye

The New Orleans Saints still have a chance to secure the No. 1 seed and clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

In order for that scenario to play out, New Orleans (12-3) needs to win at Carolina on Sunday, have Detroit tie or beat Green Bay (12-3), and have Seattle tie or beat San Francisco (12-3). Also, if New Orleans ties Carolina, and both Green Bay and San Francisco lose, the Saints will earn the No. 1 seed.

New Orleans clinches a first-round bye (No. 2 seed) with:
1. NO win + GB loss or tie OR
2. NO win + SF loss or tie OR
3. NO tie + GB loss OR
4. NO tie + SF loss OR
5. SF loss + GB win or tie

The Saints can fall no lower than the No. 3 seed in the NFC, which means they are guaranteed to host at least one playoff game.

The New Orleans Saints celebrate their Week 16 win over the Tennessee Titans inside the locker room presented by Mercedes-Benz.

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