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What Lions win over Saints in Week 13 means for NFL playoff picture in NFC

The Lions came away with a win over the Saints in Week 13. We break down what it means for the NFC playoff picture.

David Montgomery #5 celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown with Jared Goff #16 of the Detroit Lions during a game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on November 19, 2023 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions went on the road to take on the New Orleans Saints in Week 13. The Lions got out to a huge 21-point lead in the first quarter, and while the Saints eventually found the scoreboard and clawed their way back into the game, they weren’t able to pick up a win.

Detroit moves to 9-3 on the season, with New Orleans falling to 5-7. The Lions go on the road next week for an important matchup with the Chicago Bears. The Saints have now lost three in a row, but hope that they can turn things around in Week 14 against the Carolina Panthers.

For the time being, Detroit moves to the No. 2 seed in the NFC conference picture. They are behind the Philadelphia Eagles, who can’t fall out of the No. 1 seed this week. They jump the San Francisco 49ers, but their game against the Eagles later in Week 13 is very important for this ranking. If the 49ers win, they move back into the No. 2 seed, but if they lose, Detroit remains at No. 2.

New Orleans drops to the No. 10 seed. The Atlanta Falcons beat the New York Jets to move to 6-6 and in sole possession of first place in the NFC South. The Saints only drop one game back so there is plenty of time to move back into the divisional lead, and that seems to be the likeliest way that they will be reaching the postseason.