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There are really only two different scenarios for this round. If the Saints did have the first-round bye then this would be their first playoff game and they would play against the highest seeded team left in the playoffs. However, if they did have to play the wild card game, and they won, then that would match them up against the 49ers in San Francisco.
1) Highest Ranked Seed at Mercedes-Benz Superdome
If New Orleans had the first-round bye, then they would be guaranteed one game in New Orleans and if they were the second seed then they would play the highest ranked seed left after the wild card round.
They would play one of five teams in the divisional round: the Lions, Falcons, Giants, Cowboys or 49ers. Since we have already discussed potential matchups with the Lions and Falcons, I will leave them out of this discussion because it would be a similar situation.
a. Giants at Mercedes-Benz Superdome
The Saints have already played New York in the Superdome this season, and took care of them with ease on Monday Night Football. I honestly believe that this game would end in a similar fashion.
However, the Giants are a very dangerous team because they can score offensively and get after the quarterback. The Saints would have their hands full with this team, but I think the Saints are virtually unbeatable in New Orleans during the playoffs.
b. Cowboys at Mercedes-Benz Superdome
I, honestly, would love for this game to take place. The Saints, in my honest opinion, would destroy the Cowboys. "America's Team" cannot keep up with the Saints offensively and they do not have the defense to stop the Saints.
I would expect a blowout on New Orleans if this matchup actually occurs.
c. 49ers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome
This game is another that does not scare me in the least, especially if it is played in New Orleans. The 49ers have a great defense and a great run game. However, they need more than that to stop the Saints.
Many teams in 2011 have come into the Superdome boasting one of the league's best defenses and left the building with an "L" on their record. Just ask the Texans how well their defense did when the Saints put up 40 points on them in Week 3.
The Saints have the most explosive offense in the league and the 49ers simply would not be able to keep up in this game.
2) Saints at San Francisco
This game changes a little bit since it is played in San Francisco. However, for much of the same reasons posted above, I believe the Saints walk away victorious. The wind is the most troublesome factor in this game because snow, ice and bad weather is virtually unknown to the people in San Francisco.
The Saints may not be able to score as many points here, but they still walk away with a victory, earning a spot in the NFC Championship Game.