Are the Saints out of the playoffs? (Week 17 updates)

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 01: Andy Dalton #14 of the New Orleans Saints and Taysom Hill #7 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates a win against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on January 01, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 01: Andy Dalton #14 of the New Orleans Saints and Taysom Hill #7 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates a win against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on January 01, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images) /
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Week 17 has been an eventful week in the NFL season, particularly for the NFC South. Heading into the week, the division was very much in play with the New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all in play with a chance to win the division.

During their Week 17 matchup, the Panthers fell to the Bucs which allowed Tampa Bay to pick up the NFC South division title for the second consecutive year. The game also led to the Panthers’ elimination from the postseason, but what exactly does it mean for New Orleans fans?

Sure, we know they can no longer enter the playoffs by winning the NFC South division, but could they still make it into the postseason via a wild card spot? Or did Tampa Bay’s win lead to New Orleans’ elimination from the postseason as well?

Are the Saints out of the playoffs?

While the Saints managed to pick up a win in Week 17 and were not eliminated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Saints are now officially out of the playoffs. So where did things go wrong for New Orleans? With the Green Bay Packers defeating the Minnesota Vikings, the Saints were eliminated from the playoff picture and cannot secure a wild card spot this season.

Are the Saints eliminated from the playoffs?

Sadly, the New Orleans Saints have been eliminated from the playoffs. The Saints’ playoff dreams came to an end on Jan. 1 when the Green Bay Packers took down the Minnesota Vikings. With the Packers winning their game against the Vikings, both the Saints and the Washington Commanders were eliminated from the playoffs and will not be making the postseason.

Can the Saints still make the playoffs?

After their win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17, the New Orleans Saints still had a chance of making it into the playoffs. However, to make the playoffs, New Orleans needed the Green Bay Packers to lose their Week 17 game which did not happen. As a result of Green Bay’s win, the Saints cannot make it into the playoffs regardless of whether they’re able to win in Week 18.

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