The NFL on Tuesday, Nov. 26 released various scenarios in which teams could secure playoff spots this week. The scenario for the New Orleans Saints is very straight-forward: beat the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night and the Saints (9-2) will clinch the NFC South title for a third consecutive season.
The Saints have a four-game lead over the second-place Carolina Panthers (5-6) and a six-game lead over the Falcons (3-8) in the division.
The San Francisco 49ers (10-1) can also clinch a playoff berth with a win plus a loss or tie by the Los Angeles Rams.
The Saints will host the 49ers on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in game that will play a big part in determining playoff seeding. The 49ers can also get in with a tie and a Rams loss.