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NFC playoff update: Where the New Orleans Saints stand after Week 17 | 2021 playoff picture

Saints need to beat the Atlanta Falcons in Week 18 and have the 49ers lose to the Rams

The New Orleans Saints take on the Carolina Panthers at the Caesars Superdome in Week 17 of the 2022 NFL season.

The New Orleans Saints' gritty 18-10 win over the Carolina Panthers improved the team's record to 8-8 and kept them in the mix for a playoff spot for the fifth consecutive season.

With the Minnesota Vikings' loss to the Green Bay Packers on "Sunday Night Football," the path for the Saints to make the playoffs is clear:

  1. Beat Atlanta (7-9) in Week 18. The game is scheduled for noon Sunday, Jan. 9 but the day and time could be changed by the NFL.
  2. Have the San Francisco 49ers (9-7) lose to the Los Angeles Rams (12-4) in Week 18.