Saints clinch playoff berth

The defending NFL champions will get a chance to defend their title.

By virtue of their 17-14 win Monday night in Atlanta, the Saints clinched a spot in the NFC playoffs.

The battle for home-field advantage in the NFC playoff picture still remains undecided. The Falcons control their destiny and can clinch a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the NFC with a win Sunday against Carolina (2-13). But the Saints also have an outside shot at the No. 1 seed, needing to beat the Buccaneers (9-6) along with a Falcons loss.

The Eagles and Bears are also still alive to earn the NFC’s No. 1 seed.

As for the rest of the NFC playoff picture, only one wild-card slot remains. The Packers control their playoff destiny and would clinch with a win over the Bears in Week 17. The Packers also could get in with a loss and losses by the Giants and Buccaneers.

The win by the Saints seriously damaged the playoff hopes of theĀ Giants and Buccaneers, who can clinch only with a win and a loss by the other team, as well as the Packers.

Here’s a look at the clinching scenarios for Week 17.

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