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How the Saints can clinch a playoff berth in Week 18

The Saints have a shot at entering the playoffs this weekend. We break down what they need to do in Week 18 and where they can land in the 2022 NFL playoffs.

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Sunday PM update: The Saints needed a win in Week 18 paired with a loss from the 49ers. Though they snagged the W against the Falcons, the Rams lost after rookie DB Ambry Thomas came up with a pick against veteran QB Matthew Stafford.

The New Orleans Saints have a chance at cracking the playoffs heading into the final weekend of the regular season when they head on the road for a matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Saints will enter with an 8-8 record, and they’ve won three of their last four games to get back into this position, and Taysom Hill will get the start at quarterback.

New Orleans has one scenario to advance to the postseason. The Saints need to beat the Falcons, and the San Francisco 49ers will need to lose to the Los Angeles Rams, so New Orleans could be in a nice position heading into Week 18.

The Saints are going into this game as 3.5-point favorites, and the 49ers will enter as 4.5-point underdogs.

New Orleans came into the 2021 season with expectations of being a fringe playoff team. DraftKings Sportsbook installed them at +110 to claim any kind of playoff berth this season.