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New Orleans Saints Playoff Scenarios: Mapping out Saints' Road to Indy

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New Orleans Saints Playoff Scenarios: Mapping out Saints' Road to Indy
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Super Bowl XVLI. This is the goal of every team that came into the 2011 NFL season, to win the championship at the end of the year.

The New Orleans Saints have put themselves in position to make a serious run at the title for the second time in three years. With head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees at the helm of the offense, there is no doubt that the Saints can score points.

The defense has played well in the last month and has only been getting better thanks to coordinator Gregg Williams.

New Orleans will most likely end up as the NFC's third seed in the playoffs, which will guarantee them a first-round home game against one of the two wild card teams, the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions.

There is still a chance for the Saints to be the No. 2 seed in the NFC, but they would need the 49ers to lose to the St. Louis Ram.

It is only a matter of time before we know exactly who the Saints will face in their first playoff game, but let's go ahead and look at the different situations the Saints may have to fight through to get to Super Bowl XLVI.

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