The New Orleans Saints enter the final quarter of the regular season fighting for the first seed and home-field advantage in the NFC.
The NFL season can be broken down into four, four-game quarters, much like an actual NFL game. We are officially three quarters through the New Orleans Saints season and they enter the fourth quarter with a lead looking to hold on.
The team has already clinched the NFC South and were the first team to clinch their division, doing so on Thanksgiving. The quickest a team has clinched the division in a 16-game season is 11 games, the Saints did so in 12.
With that all wrapped up, the Saints’ focus turns to outlasting the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks to become the top-ranked team in the NFC to guarantee that the Super Bowl in the NFC runs through the Big Easy.
The Saints already have the tiebreaker win over the Seahawks, so they are essentially one-game ahead of them and can secure the same honors over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 14 with a win.
The upcoming game against the 49ers is the most important of the year as with a win, it would be very hard for the Saints to not be the first seed. If the Saints win out, even if Seattle wins out, they guarantee the first seed. Here is how we think the final four games will go.