Thus, the only way the Saints can claim the No.1 seed with the first-round bye week and guaranteed home-field advantage through the playoffs is if the Packers, Seahawks, and Saints all end the season with tied 12-4 records. If that happens, the tiebreaker will be determined by each team’s record against NFC teams.
How can the Saints secure the division title?
– The position of the New Orleans Saints as a wild card in the NFL Playoff picture. In light of their 9-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Saints (7-7) have a chance to win the NFC South for the fifth consecutive year. New Orleans would need to win its remaining games, while Tampa (10-4) would need to lose its final three contests.
- Given that the Buccaneers face the Panthers (5-9) twice and the Jets (3-11), it seems unlikely that they would lose all three games.
- Therefore, the Saints will compete for one of the three available wild-card spots.
- The Saints would be in the playoffs with the seventh and final seed if the season ended on Monday, December 20 at noon central time, but the Monday night and Tuesday night games will change that.
The Saints, San Francisco 49ers (8-6), Washington Football Team (6-7), Philadelphia Eagles (6-7), Minnesota Vikings (6-7), and Atlanta Falcons (6-7) appear to be vying for the sixth and seventh seeds, with the Rams (9-4) in good position to secure the top wild-card seed or even win the NFC West.
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Are the Saints out of the playoffs?
Matthew Tate Saints linebacker Kwon Alexander recorded three tackles (two solo), a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery on the way to a 30-20 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The New Orleans Saints have been eliminated from the NFL Playoffs for the first time since 2016 despite defeating their division rivals, the Atlanta Falcons, 30-20 on the road on Sunday.
Taysom Hill’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Adam Trautman early in the first quarter put the Saints on the scoreboard at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Near the end of the quarter, Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo responded with a 48-yard field goal. Early in the second quarter, Saints kicker Brett Maher missed wide left from 34 yards out, and the Falcons capitalized with another Koo field goal from 54 yards to cut the Saints’ lead to a single point.
Hill was injured on the ensuing possession, and Trevor Siemian entered the game, connecting with Tre’Quan Smith for a 13-yard touchdown reception with less than six minutes remaining in the first half. With five receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown, Smith led the Saints in receiving.
- During his brief time on the field, Hill completed seven of his first nine passes for 107 yards and a touchdown.
- Hill carried the ball five times for 18 yards.
- According to Saints head coach Sean Payton, quarterback Hill injured his Lisfranc and will undergo two surgeries to repair the injury.
- On the following drive, Matt Ryan was intercepted by Paulson Adebo, allowing Maher to kick a 37-yard field goal for the Saints.
Safety Malcolm Jenkins then caused Falcons running back Mike Davis to fumble, which was recovered by Saints linebacker Kwon Alexander. Two seconds remained in the first half when Siemian connected with Juwan Johnson for a 5-yard touchdown following a turnover by Denver.
- Qadree Ollison dashed 19 yards for a touchdown for the Falcons with 2:49 remaining in the third quarter.
- The Saints responded with another Maher field goal to begin the fourth quarter, extending their lead to 27-13.
- The Falcons’ next drive began with another fumble by Mike Davis, this time caused by Alexander and recovered by the Saints’ Shy Tuttle.
The Saints responded with a 33-yard field goal by Maher after the Atlanta Falcons’ third one-play drive that resulted in a turnover. Following punts by both teams, Ryan threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Russell Gage with 21 seconds remaining, but it was not enough to overcome the Falcons’ deficit, and the Saints went on to win 30-20.
Siemian completed nine of fifteen passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns, and despite not scoring a touchdown, Alvin Kamara rushed for 146 of the Saints’ 195 rushing yards on a career-high 30 carries. In addition to a victory against the Falcons, the Saints needed the Los Angeles Rams to defeat the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday to make the playoffs.
The 49ers trailed the Rams by 17 points midway through the second quarter, but scored 17 unanswered points to force overtime. With less than two minutes remaining in overtime, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford threw a deep pass intended for receiver Odell Beckham Jr., but it was intercepted by 49ers cornerback Ambry Thomas, dashing the Saints’ playoff hopes.
- Despite missing the playoffs, the 9-8 Saints are one of two teams with at least five consecutive winning seasons, along with the Kansas City Chiefs, and will have the 18th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
- After the retirement of future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees, the team’s forced relocation due to Hurricane Ida, and the loss of several key players throughout the season due to injuries and COVID-19, the Saints fought to the bitter end in their 2021-22 season.
Alexander said, “We’ve got resiliency, bro,” after his team defeated Atlanta. We just kept our heads down and fought through everything we’ve been through. Cameron Jordan, a Saints defensive end and Pro Bowler in 2022, echoed Alexander’s sentiment. “In the NFL, time is so limited.
- You must be able to fight for every single down and every single game.
- The entire season is a marathon, but the final game is a sprint “Jordan said.
- This season, four quarterbacks have played for us.
- We had 22 players for a game, and we were still excessively competitive.
- And it’s just a part of the defense — our defense has been fighting, our offense has been fighting, and our special teams has been fighting throughout the entire season, so it’s unfortunate that we didn’t make the playoffs.” This weekend kicks off the NFL Playoffs with Super Wild Card Weekend.
The Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans have secured the top seed in the National Football Conference and American Football Conference, respectively, granting both teams a first-round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
on NBC, the Las Vegas Raiders will travel to Cincinnati to face Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals in the first wild-card game. The New England Patriots will then play the Buffalo Bills at 7:15 p.m. ET on CBS in New York. On Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at noon on Fox, the San Francisco 49ers will play the Dallas Cowboys at 3:30 p.m.
on CBS, and the Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Kansas City Chiefs at 7:15 p.m. on NBC. The Arizona Cardinals will travel to SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California to face the Los Angeles Rams on ESPN’s Monday Night Football at 7:15 p.m. The winners of the wild-card games will advance to one of four divisional-round contests scheduled for January 22 and 23.