NFL Playoff Picture: New Orleans Saints Clinch Spot, Battle For NFC South

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 11: Drew Brees #9 and Chase Daniel #10 of the New Orleans Saints celebrate after Brees' touchdown pass against the Tennessee Titans during play at LP Field on December 11, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Saints won, 22-17. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The New Orleans Saints have clinched a playoff bid and currently hold the No. 3 seed in the NFC.

The New Orleans Saints are in the driver's seat in the NFC South and have locked up a playoff bid by virtue of a 10-3 record through 14 weeks. The Saints, however, have not claimed the division, with the Atlanta Falcons still holding a slim chance to pass them up. At 8-5, the Falcons are two games back in the South and need some help to secure a top-4 seed.

The news is a bit better for the Falcons in the NFC wildcard picture. As it stands now, Atlanta holds the No. 5 seed in the NFC as the top wildcard team. Atlanta holds the tiebreaker over the Detroit Lions, who finished the week at 8-5, as well. Both teams hold a one-game advantage over the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys.

The Saints are also battling for a first-round bye and currently hold the No. 3 seed in the NFC. The San Francisco 49ers also hold a 10-3 record, but own the tiebreaker over New Orleans as it stands now.

For more on the playoff picture, stay with our NFL hub.

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