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Advocate Staff Report
Week 14 couldn't have gone much better for the New Orleans Saints.
By defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- coupled with the Los Angeles Rams (11-2) losing to the Chicago Bears (9-4) -- the Saints (11-2) won their second-straight NFC South division title and recaptured first place in the NFC on Sunday night.
Though the Rams and Saints are both 11-2, New Orleans holds the tie-breaker because of a head-to-head 45-35 win on Nov. 4 in Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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.
But there are still three weeks left in the regular season. Here's how things stand. ...
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