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Saints Faced with Opportunity to Clinch First Round Bye

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    <span style="">The New Orleans Saints (12-0), who have already clinched the NFC South title, have positioned themselves to potentially clinch a first-round bye in the postseason this weekend when they travel to Atlanta (6-6) to face the Falcons on Sunday afternoon.  

The Saints can clinch a first-round bye one-of-two ways:

1) New Orleans win or tie

or

2) DAL loss or tie PHI loss or tie ARI loss or tie

Here is a complete rundown of the NFL playoff picture heading into NFL regular season week 14:

2009 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS
December 8, 2009
For Week 14

AFC

CLINCHED: Indianapolis – AFC South

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Indianapolis clinches homefield advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1) IND win OR

2) IND tie CIN loss SD loss

Indianapolis clinches a first-round bye with:

1) IND tie OR

2) CIN loss or tie SD loss OR

3) CIN loss SD loss or tie

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

San Diego clinches a playoff spot with:

1) SD win BAL loss or tie PIT loss or tie NYJ loss or tie MIA loss
or tie OR

2) SD win BAL loss or tie PIT loss or tie NYJ loss or tie NE loss or
tie OR

3) SD win BAL loss or tie PIT loss or tie JAC tie NE loss OR

4) SD tie BAL loss PIT loss NYJ loss MIA loss

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Cincinnati clinches AFC North division title with:

1) CIN win OR

2) CIN tie BAL loss or tie PIT loss or tie OR

3) BAL loss PIT loss

NFC

CLINCHED: New Orleans – NFC South

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

New Orleans clinches a first-round bye with:

1) NO win or tie OR

2) DAL loss or tie PHI loss or tie ARI loss or tie

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Minnesota clinches NFC North division title with:

• MIN win GB loss

Minnesota clinches playoff spot:

1) MIN win OR

2) MIN tie NYG loss

ARIZONA CARDINALS

Arizona clinches NFC West division title with:

• ARI win

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