How the Saints (and other teams) can clinch a playoff berth in NFL Week 13

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Chris Miller
November 29, 2018 - 8:18 am

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There are a few ways for the Saints to guarantee a return to the NFL postseason during this week's NFL action, and it starts for them tonight in Dallas.

A win over the Cowboys will lock the Saints into at least a wild card spot, but it's possible they can do that without a win. They could also potentially win the NFC South if things go right.

Here are the potential playoff scenarios for the Black & Gold:

Wild Card:

Saints WIN
Saints TIE and Washington Redskins LOSE and Seattle Seahawks LOSE
Saints TIE and Redskins LOSE and Minnesota Vikings LOSE
Saints TIE and Redskins LOSE and Seahawks TIE and Vikings TIE

NFC South:

Saints WIN and Carolina Panthers LOSE or TIE
Saints TIE and Panthers LOSE

Elsewhere in the league, the Los Angeles Rams could win the NFC West this weekend, or at least a Wild Card slot.

Wild Card:

Rams TIE and Redskins LOSE and Vikings LOSE or TIE
Rams TIE and Redskins LOSE and Panthers LOSE
Rams TIE and Cowboys LOSE and Vikings LOSE or TIE
Rams TIE and Cowboys LOSE and Panthers LOSE
Rams TIE and Vikings LOSE or TIE and Panthers LOSE

NFC West:

Rams WIN
Seawahks LOSE
Rams TIE and Seahawks TIE

In the AFC, the only team that can clinch this week is the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs can't nail down the AFC West just yet, but they'll get a Wild Card at minimum if:

Chiefs WIN and Miami Dolphins LOSE or TIE and Indianapolis Colts LOSE and Houston Texans LOSE and Tennessee Titans LOSE or TIE
Chiefs WIN and Dolphins LOSE or TIE and Colts LOSE and Texans LOSE or TIE and Baltimore Ravens LOSE or TIE and Cincinnati Bengals LOSE or TIE
Chiefs WIN and Dolphins LOSE or TIE and Colts LOSE and Texans LOSE or TIE and Ravens LOSE or TIE and Los Angeles Charges LOSE

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