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Saints playoff picture: New Orleans gets massive boost with Rams’ shocking loss

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees passed Peyton Manning to became the NFL's career passing yardage leader after the Saints' win against the Washington Redskins on Monday night.
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees passed Peyton Manning to became the NFL's career passing yardage leader after the Saints' win against the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

The New Orleans Saints secured a significant win Sunday without even playing a game.

The Los Angeles Rams (11-3) lost at home to the Philadelphia Eagles, putting New Orleans one game ahead the Rams in the loss column in the race for the NFC’s No. 1 overall seed with three games for the Saints to play.

The Saints also own the tie-breaker against the Rams because of a head-to-head 45-35 win on Nov. 4 in Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

In simpler terms: New Orleans needs two more wins to capture the No. 1 seed. It could slip up and lose one of its final three games, finish 13-3 and still capture the No. 1 seed no matter what the Rams do in their final two games.

New Orleans (11-2) plays at the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football at 7:15 p.m. CST on ESPN (or streaming at ESPN.com or the ESPN app). 

The team that finishes first in the NFC gets a first-round playoff bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

New Orleans has never lost a home playoff game under coach Sean Payton. It’s 5-0 in those games.

Read more at TheAdvocate.com 

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