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By Christopher Dabe - NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
The New Orleans Saints can take a one-game lead in the race for the No. 1 playoff seed in the NFC by beating the Carolina Panthers on Monday (Dec. 17).
The Saints and Los Angeles Rams came into the weekend with identical 11-2 records, and the Rams were favored by more than 12 points to win Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. Instead, the Eagles and backup quarterback Nick Foles beat the Rams 30-23 Sunday in Los Angeles.
That put the Saints in position to take a commanding lead in the race for top spot in the conference and home field advantage through the NFC playoffs with two weeks to play.
If the Saints win Monday, they can clinch home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs by winning either of the final two games: a pair of home games Dec. 23 against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dec. 30 in a rematch with the Panthers. ...
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