Saints, 49ers and Patriots can clinch playoff spots this week

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No teams have booked spots in the playoffs yet this season, but three of the 12 teams in the field could change that by the time Week 13 comes to an end.

The NFL released scenarios that would lead to playoff berths for the Patriots, 49ers and Saints this week.

New Orleans has the most straightforward path and a chance to clinch a spot before the other two teams. If they beat the Falcons on Thursday night, they’ll be the NFC South champs. They’d also win the division with a tie and a Panthers loss or tie.

The 49ers will clinch a playoff berth with a win and a Rams loss to the Cardinals. A tie with the Ravens and a Rams loss would also get them into the postseason.

New England would lock up a spot with a win and losses or ties by either the Raiders or the Steelers. If the Patriots tie the Texans, they’d get in with losses by at least two of the Raiders, Steelers and Colts.

45 responses to “Saints, 49ers and Patriots can clinch playoff spots this week

  1. It’s more likely the 49ers will be in 2nd place in the NFC next week.

  2. It’s more likely the 49ers will be in 2nd place in the NFC West next week.

  3. I think Dallas has effectively already clinched their div too – even if, as is likely now thanks to Jerry driving the bus he’s already thrown them under, they lose their last 5 and finish 6-10.

  4. akula55 says:
    November 26, 2019 at 1:58 pm
    The Lions locked up their non-playoff birth weeks ago. They’re kind of a dynasty, just not the kind any city wants.

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    At least they have good posture when watching playoff football.

  5. Saints, 49ers and Patriots can clinch playoff spots this week
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    Not if the refs have anything to do about it… at least for the Saints

  6. solo681 says:
    November 26, 2019 at 2:25 pm
    Patriots win against Texans and there in no matter what………
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    When was the last time an AFC Least team other than the Pats won that division? Going 5-1/6-0 every year in your division sure helps your playoff chances.
    BTW, not the Pats fault, they play and destroy their division year in and year out.
    Jets, Bills, Dolphins should make some attempt to step up and dethrone the Pats. They just won’t. It’s why they have earned the name AFC Least.

  7. Re: the Saints are 9-2 vs the refs this year.you mean they are 9-2 in spite of the refs this year…

  8. jjackwagon says:
    November 26, 2019 at 2:45 pm
    solo681 says:
    When was the last time an AFC Least team other than the Pats won that division? Going 5-1/6-0 every year in your division sure helps your playoff chances.
    BTW, not the Pats fault, they play and destroy their division year in and year out.
    Jets, Bills, Dolphins should make some attempt to step up and dethrone the Pats. They just won’t. It’s why they have earned the name AFC Least.

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    The Dolphins won against the Colts, the Jets won against the Cowboys and the Bills are 7-3.
    My guess is that there is a lot worse than the AFC “least”…

  9. People who blame the refs for success are just pathetic. Clearly they have never played sports.

  10. When was the last time an AFC Least team other than the Pats won that division?

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    Thank you for asking. Since Brady became the starter, New England hasn’t lost their division outright. In 2002, they were 9-7 and the AFC East was a three way tie for first. Somehow New England lost out to the Jets and even lost out on a wild card spot to Cleveland due to a tiebraker. In 2008, Matt Cassel and New England again tied for first, this time with Miami, and lost the tiebraker, the 3rd or 4th tiebraker at that. That team is the only 11-5 team to miss the playoffs in decades. Only Chad Pennington has won the division outside of New England since Brady took over.

    Regarding the ‘weak AFC East’ fallacy, Brady is 30-10 in the playoffs. That’s a winning percentage of .750 over 2.5 extra regular seasons. Not too shabby.

  11. h0c2000 says:
    November 26, 2019 at 1:47 pm
    NFC south, worst division in football

    Saints: Better than the Cowboys
    Panthers: About the same as Eagles
    Falcons: Probably still better than Giants
    Bucs: Not better than many, but the ‘Skins? Yeah

    NFC East: worst division in football….

  12. Pat’s fans wouldn’t understand the frustration with the refs they almost always on the right side of the call.

    #IllegalTripping

  13. This is an absolute joke. The only team that matters is the 2019-2020 Super Bowl Champions, The Baltimore Ravens. Its all over. Go home. Its done. Lamar Jackson is the best QB in the last 15 years. What he’s doing is unsurpassed. Chiefs have the bootleg version of him in Kermit and the Pats have an overrated game manager in Brady who isn’t even top 10 all time. Jimmy G is terrible and uh I guess Brees is okay. But not close to the level of Lamar Jackson.

  14. silentraven7 says:
    November 26, 2019 at 4:54 pm
    NFC East is definitely the weakest division, followed by either the NFC South or the AFC North.

    And your team plays in the same division with the Browns and Bengals (only team in the NFL without a win), right? Got it.

  15. Can anyone beat the 49ers and Ravens? Florio, get Simms to work on an analysis on how to beat these two teams. Or at least the Ravens, cuz we know he is buddies with Shanahan in San Fran and wouldn’t want to reveal any secrets.

  16. flaccojumpball says:
    November 26, 2019 at 5:12 pm
    This is an absolute joke. The only team that matters is the 2019-2020 Super Bowl Champions, The Baltimore Ravens. Its all over. Go home. Its done. Lamar Jackson is the best QB in the last 15 years. What he’s doing is unsurpassed. Chiefs have the bootleg version of him in Kermit and the Pats have an overrated game manager in Brady who isn’t even top 10 all time. Jimmy G is terrible and uh I guess Brees is okay. But not close to the level of Lamar Jackson.

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    LOL. Every team should have a game manager with 6 Rings….#7 coming up.

  17. Trust me the Santa Clara lot wont be clinching anything apart from their collective buttcheeks after Baltimore ragdoll them, and that will coincide with Seattle nicking the #1 seed in the process

    The 9’rs will get theirs next week, then against the saints, and against Seattle to close out the season

  18. Us Pats fans are all gonna be BIG Jimmy G fans this Sunday at 1:00 !!!

    I think the 49ers have what it takes to win, even on the road. It would sure give the Pats a little breathing room. They could then afford to lose either the HOU game (doubtful), or the KC game (NOT so doubtful, even at home) without losing the #1 seed.

    If the 49ers lose, The pats have to win out, because the Ravens certainly will.

    The Browns will not beat them again. Lamar has come a long way since that loss.

    The Bills might put up a fight, but they aren’t going to beat them.

    I don’t know what got into the Jets vs OAK, but that likely isn’t going to happen again.

    The Steelers don’t have a chance, although maybe I’m wrong. Those two teams know each other SO well and play each other tough, it could happen… but I wouldn’t put any money on it.

  19. flaccojumpball says:
    November 26, 2019 at 5:12 pm
    This is an absolute joke. The only team that matters is the 2019-2020 Super Bowl Champions, The Baltimore Ravens. Its all over. Go home. Its done. Lamar Jackson is the best QB in the last 15 years. What he’s doing is unsurpassed. Chiefs have the bootleg version of him in Kermit and the Pats have an overrated game manager in Brady who isn’t even top 10 all time. Jimmy G is terrible and uh I guess Brees is okay. But not close to the level of Lamar Jackson.

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    Uh oh!! Looks like we have another Seahawks-esque fan base in the making.

  20. sb44champs says:
    November 26, 2019 at 4:33 pm
    Pat’s fans wouldn’t understand the frustration with the refs they almost always on the right side of the call.

    #IllegalTripping

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    They also wouldn’t understand their QB choking at the biggest moments…..but Saints fans understand that really well

  21. The Seahawk trolls sure are running scared of the Niners it appears. I have no dog in the fight but Seattle fans have to be aware they caught the Niners without their best player in Kittle right? And the kicker off the street blew the game for SF. If the NFC West comes down to SEA vs SF in week 17, and both teams have all starters, I would bet the Niners will be favored in Vegas.

  22. Every couple of years a new hot shot quarterback comes along, and that fan base talks so much smack you need a shower to get the smell off of you. First it was Mike Vick he was gonna change the league. All we heard was how will anyone stop him? This guy was so fast and shifty, and he had a cannon for an arm. What happened? How many Superbowls did Vick end up with? Right zero… then it was Cam Newton’s turn oh man he’s gonna change the league. Look at how big and powerful Cam is blah blah blah. How many Superbowls does Cam have again? Right zero… then came RGIII nobody is as fast as RGIII was, and man can he throw a ball blah blah blah, and how many Superbowls does RGIII have? Right zero. Now here we are with Lamar this is his first complete season, and granted it’s been great to this point, but what has he won? Right nothing yet… so slow down and let’s see what happens come playoff time when it counts the most

  23. flaccojumpball says:
    November 26, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    This is an absolute joke. The only team that matters is the 2019-2020 Super Bowl Champions, The Baltimore Ravens. Its all over. Go home. Its done. Lamar Jackson is the best QB in the last 15 years. What he’s doing is unsurpassed. Chiefs have the bootleg version of him in Kermit and the Pats have an overrated game manager in Brady who isn’t even top 10 all time. Jimmy G is terrible and uh I guess Brees is okay. But not close to the level of Lamar Jackson.

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    This is funny. Somehow they’ve already lost 2 games and still have 5 or 6 to play. They’re good, but cool your jets. Lamar will come back to earth just like every other “never seen this before” QB in the past 5 years – Wentz, Watson, Mahomes, and now Jackson. We’ll probably go through this again next year with Kyler Murray. His career will last about 7 years and go the way of Newton and RGIII – broken and burned out.

  24. SWFLPC.INC says:
    November 26, 2019 at 6:16 pm
    sb44champs says:
    November 26, 2019 at 4:33 pm
    Pat’s fans wouldn’t understand the frustration with the refs they almost always on the right side of the call.

    #IllegalTripping

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    They also wouldn’t understand their QB choking at the biggest moments…..but Saints fans understand that really well

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    You misspelled “Vikings”….

  25. There are three teams and fan bases that are carbon copies of one another. That chip on the shoulder stop me before I bleed out of my ulcer type.

    Seattle Seahawks
    Baltimore Ravens
    Philadelphia Eagles

  26. Saints get to the NFCCG, and a pass interference call, goes against them.

    And they will still blame the league.

  27. Patriots will clinch this week I can’t see the Texans or Raiders winning. Saints will likely clinch. 49ers is a toss up, but the Ravens will be in next week. The playoff picture is beginning to take shape. Pats vs Ravens I think is a damn near certainty for the title game. NFC is more blurry.

  28. SWFLPC.INC, what happened when Stallworth went from Brees to Brady ? Non-existent
    What happened when Cooks went from Brees to Brady ? They trade him…
    Brees even made a 35 year old Watson look better than he ever did with Brady.
    Brees makes every player better when he has them vs when their with another team….
    Jimmy Graham
    Ted Ginn
    Robert Meachem
    Reggie Bush
    Kenny Stills
    Wille Snead
    Chris Ivory
    ….all better when they were with Brees, and I probably forgot some players…..

  29. isaidjoemontegna says:
    November 26, 2019 at 6:05 pm
    flaccojumpball says:
    November 26, 2019 at 5:12 pm
    This is an absolute joke. The only team that matters is the 2019-2020 Super Bowl Champions, The Baltimore Ravens. Its all over. Go home. Its done. Lamar Jackson is the best QB in the last 15 years. What he’s doing is unsurpassed. Chiefs have the bootleg version of him in Kermit and the Pats have an overrated game manager in Brady who isn’t even top 10 all time. Jimmy G is terrible and uh I guess Brees is okay. But not close to the level of Lamar Jackson.

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    Uh oh!! Looks like we have another Seahawks-esque fan base in the making.

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    Yes, because someone who named himself Flacco Jump Ball and calls Brady a game manager is clearly an actual Ravens fan and not a troll trying to incite the stupid to justify their hopes. This is a golden age of misinformation, it works like a charm more often than not.

  30. enjoy it while it lasts Patriot fans … coach Flores will have the talent to start gunning for the AFCE title starting in 2020.

  31. Brees is overrated. He had opportunities for late game heroics in the postseason and came up quite ordinary. You can’t compare Brees to Brady.
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    I didn’t know Brees played safety for the Saints and allowed the Minnesota Miracle. Brady has top 10 defenses at his disposal just about every year. That’s the difference learn football please.

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