Saints will most likely travel a different path in the playoffs this year

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) -  Securing the home field advantage is highly beneficial in the NFL playoffs. Last season the Saints claimed best record in the NFC and locked-up home field advantage in the playoffs which made their road to the Super Bowl much easier.

If New Orleans is to crack the Super Bowl in back-to-back seasons, they'll most likely will have to do it the hard way this year, winning playoff games on the road.

Atlanta clinched a playoff spot on Sunday after beating Seattle and are on the verge of locking up the NFC South Division title.

The 10 and 4 Saints are second in the NFC South, two games behind the Falcons with two regular season games remaining. A Falcons win over New Orleans on Monday would eliminate the Saints from the NFC South Division Championship.  Saints quarterback Drew Brees knows it's nitty-gritty time.

"The games only get bigger, especially this time of year," Brees stated.  "We've got two divisional opponents coming up. Atlanta on Monday night and Tampa coming back home. Regardless of what happens to those teams, we control our own destiny from here on out."

As of Monday Coach Sean Payton's Saints remain the front running Wildcard playoff team with 10 wins and 4 losses. The Giants are 9 and 5 with Tampa Bay and Green Bay at 8 and 6. The four division champions and the two teams with the best record following the division champs advance to the NFC playoffs.

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