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Advocate Staff Report
Now that the New Orleans Saints have secured the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC, the next question is...
Whom might they face in the divisional (second) round of the playoffs?
Because New Orleans is the NFC's No. 1 seed, it will have a bye week in the Wild Card (first) round of the playoffs. When the Saints play their first playoff game (the weekend of Jan. 12-13) they'll face the lowest-seeded team who won in the first round.
Here's a look at potential seeds and matchups:
1. Saints (13-2): first-round bye + home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
2. Rams (12-3) OR Bears (11-4): If Los Angeles wins its season finale against the 49ers (4-11), the Rams will earn the No. 2 seed. If the Rams lose and Chicago beats Minnesota, the Bears will earn the No. 2 seed. ...
3. Either Rams or Bears ... this team will host the No. 6 seed in a first-round playoff game. ...
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