• Saints can no longer win No. 2 seed

    Summary of 6 articles · Updated Dec 30, 2013
    Seattle is the No. 1 seed and Carolina is the No. 2 seed. The Saints can become the fifth seed with a win over Tampa Bay and an Arizona win over San Francisco. The Chiefs are already locked into the fifth seed. The Saints lost their shot at the NFC South title and the No. 2 seed in the NFC when the Carolina Panthers pulled out a 21-20 victory over the Atlanta Falcons earlier Sunday. The 49ers and Saints are the two NFC wild-card teams, and both will be tough opponents in round one. A 12-4 regular season earned the New England Patriots their fifth straight AFC East crown and a first-round bye in the playoffs, as they finished as the second seed in the AFC behind the Denver Broncos That means the Patriots won't play their first playoff game until the divisional round of the postseason , which will be held at Gillette Stadium. The Saints beat the Buccaneers pretty easily, by a 42-17 score. The 49ers needed the Seahawks to lose to win the NFC West, but the Seahawks' win didn't stop San Francisco from winning 23-20 at Arizona on a Phil Dawson field goal on the final play.
    Source: ESPN.com
    • Saints don't see themselves as underdogs

      METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints (11-5) have accepted their fate as a sixth seed. But they certainly don’t feel like underdogs heading into the playoffs -- or specifically heading into their opening game at the No. 3 seed Philadelphia Eagles (10-…
      Source: ESPN.com
    • Seattle Seahawks get the NFC’s No. 1 seed, Arizona Cardinals get eliminated

      It took a little longer than expected, but the Seattle Seahawks clinched home-field advantage in the NFC. And it took a little longer than expected, but the Arizona Cardinals were eliminated from the playoff race. The NFC playoff picture took shape, asi…
      Source: yahoo.com
  • Patriots wrap up No. 2 seed in AFC

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A 12-4 regular season earned the New England Patriots their fifth straight AFC East crown and a first-round bye in the playoffs, as they finished as the second seed in the AFC behind the Denver Broncos. That means the Patriots won't…
    Source: ESPN.com
    • Week 17 playoff scenarios update: Patriots need win to clinch bye

      With wins by the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, the Patriots still need a win to guarantee a first-round bye, but a loss could drop New England from possibly the first or second seed in the AFC to the fourth.
      Source: boston.com
  • New Orleans Saints only eligible for wild-card playoff berth with Carolina's win in Atlanta

    Saints have three options: fifth seed, sixth seed or no playoffs
    Source: nola.com

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