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Saints Clinch Top Seed In NFC Playoffs

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  • For the first time in franchise history, the New Orleans Saints have earned the top seed in the NFC playoffs. The Saints, 13-2, needed to wait until the conclusion of Monday Night Football's thrilling 36-30 victory by the Chicago Bears over the visiting Minnesota Vikings. The Saints needed a Vikings loss of tie to clinch the top spot in the upcoming playoffs.
  • The Saints had already clinched a first round bye, but were waiting on the outcome of tonight's game to see if they could clinch the top spot in the NFC playoffs. The Saints travel to Carolina on Sunday to play the Panthers (12:00 p.m. CT; FOX WVUE Channel 8; Saints Radio Network).
  • Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to WR Devin Aromashodu in overtime, and the Chicago Bears beat the Minnesota Vikings 36-30 on Monday night to give New Orleans Saints homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Chicago Bears LB Nick Roach recovered a fumble by Adrian Peterson following a catch, setting up Cutler's fourth touchdown pass of the game and sending Minnesota (11-4) to its third loss in four games.
  • Current NFC Records
  1. New Orleans Saints 13-2*
  2. Philadelphia Eagles 11-4#
  3. Minnesota Vikings 11-4z
  4. Arizona Cardinals 10-5z
  5. Dallas Cowboys 10-5#
  6. Green Bay Packers 10-5#

*-Clinched Division title and home field advantage

Clinched playoff spot

z-clinched division

UPDATED PLAYOFF PICTURE

AFC

CLINCHED: Indianapolis – AFC South and homefield advantage.
San Diego – AFC West and first-round bye.
Cincinnati – AFC North.
New England – AFC East.

ELIMINATED: Cleveland, Kansas City, Oakland, Buffalo, Tennessee.

Baltimore, New York Jets, Denver, Pittsburgh and Houston can also make the playoffs if they tie this week in combination with various other results.

Jacksonville and Miami cannot make the playoffs with a tie.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Baltimore clinches a playoff spot with:

• BAL win

NEW YORK JETS

NY Jets clinch a playoff spot with:

• NYJ win

DENVER BRONCOS

Denver clinches a playoff spot with:

1) DEN win NYJ loss or tie BAL loss or tie OR
2) DEN win NYJ loss or tie PIT loss or tie OR
3) DEN win NYJ loss or tie HOU win OR
4) DEN win BAL loss or tie PIT loss or tie OR
5) DEN win BAL loss or tie HOU win OR
6) PIT loss BAL loss HOU loss JAC loss or tie OR
7) PIT loss BAL loss HOU loss NYJ loss OR
8) PIT loss BAL loss JAC loss or tie NYJ loss OR
9) PIT loss HOU loss JAC loss or tie NYJ loss OR
10) NYJ loss BAL loss HOU loss JAC loss or tie

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff spot with:

1) PIT win HOU loss or tie NYJ loss or tie OR
2) PIT win HOU loss or tie BAL loss or tie OR
3) PIT win NYJ loss or tie BAL loss or tie DEN loss or tie

HOUSTON TEXANS

Houston clinches a playoff spot with:

1) HOU win NYJ loss or tie BAL loss or tie OR
2) HOU win NYJ loss or tie DEN loss or tie OR
3) HOU win BAL loss or tie DEN loss or tie

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Jacksonville clinches a playoff spot with:

1) JAC win PIT loss BAL loss DEN loss HOU loss OR
2) JAC win PIT loss BAL loss DEN loss NYJ loss OR
3) JAC win PIT loss BAL loss HOU loss NYJ loss OR
4) JAC win PIT loss DEN loss HOU loss NYJ loss OR
5) JAC win NYJ loss DEN loss HOU loss BAL loss

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Miami clinches a playoff spot with:

• MIA win NYJ loss BAL loss HOU loss JAC loss or tie

NFC

CLINCHED: New Orleans – NFC South and homefield advantage.
Minnesota – NFC North.
Arizona – NFC West.
Philadelphia – playoff spot.
Green Bay – playoff spot.
Dallas – playoff spot.

ELIMINATED: Detroit, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Washington, Chicago, Seattle, Carolina, Atlanta, San Francisco, NY Giants.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Minnesota clinches a first-round bye with:

1) MIN win PHI loss or tie OR
2) MIN tie PHI loss

ARIZONA CARDINALS

Arizona clinches a first-round bye with:

• ARI win MIN loss PHI loss

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Philadelphia clinches NFC East with:

• PHI win or tie

Philadelphia clinches a first-round bye with:

1) PHI win OR
2) PHI tie MIN loss or tie

DALLAS COWBOYS

Dallas clinches NFC East with:

• DAL win

Dallas clinches a first-round bye with:

• DAL win MIN loss ARI loss or tie

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