All to play for in the NFC South
The good news for the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers is that they are in the playoffs this season with both teams winning over the weekend.
However who will be the NFC South Division champion, and who will be a Wild Card, will go down to the final day of the regular campaign when the Saints visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Panthers are in Atlanta to play the Falcons.
Win and they're the Division champions is the simplest scenario for New Orleans who swept Carolina this season, winning 34-13 at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte before prevailing 31-21 at home at the start of December. From there however it gets a little complicated. Stay with us on this.
The Minnesota Vikings control the tiebreaker over the Saints, but not the Panthers, based on head to head results this season.
Should all three teams finish at 12-4 then the Vikings claim the second seed, New Orleans is the Division winner and is the third or the fourth seed depending on how the Los Angeles Rams do against the surging San Francisco 49ers, and the Panthers are fifth.
There is no scenario in which the Saints can rise to the second seed.
Carolina on the other hand could claim a first round bye if the Vikings, Saints and Rams all lose and they win in Atlanta against the Falcons, the latter somewhat overlooked in all of the scenarios.
And yet, if Atlanta wins they claim the sixth seed ahead of the Seattle Seahawks and also guarantee that the Panthers are the fifth seed and that Minnesota gets the bye.
New Orleans are 1213.00 to win the NFC Championship, while the Panthers are 1213.00 and Atlanta are 1213.00.
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