Fourth straight loss knocked the Saints out of NFC playoff photo


The New Orleans Saints have been a staple of the annual NFL playoff tournament, having won the NFC South four years in a row and have consistently competed for playoff glory. But they are far from returning to the mix after losing four losses in a row. At this point, with a mediocre 5-6 record and two teams ahead of them with tiebreakers, the Saints aren’t even in the projected image of the NFC playoffs. They sit tenth in the seven-team playoff standings. They are third in their division.

Here’s what the current NFC playoff standings look like for the weekend, taking into account all three Thanksgiving games:

1. 9-2 Arizona Cardinals

November 29, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, United States; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) reacts against the New England Patriots during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Next Chicago Bears game (week 13)

8-3 Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) warms up before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans on Sunday, September 27, 2020 (AP Photo / Brett Duke)

Next game against the Los Angeles Rams

7-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) jogs the locker room after losing to the New Orleans Saints 38-3 in an NFL football game Sunday, November 8, 2020, in Tampa, Florida (AP Photo / Kevin Sabitus)

Next game at the Indianapolis Colts

7-4 Dallas Cowboys

November 24, 2019; Foxborough, MA, United States; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) runs with the ball against the New England Patriots in the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Next game at the New Orleans Saints (week 13)

7-3 Los Angeles Rams

Sep 19, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, United States; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (10) catches his second touchdown of the game in the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Next game at Green Bay Packers

5-5 Minnesota Vikings

December 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, United States; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​(8) looks to start the second half against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Next game for the San Francisco 49ers

5-5 San Francisco 49ers

Sep 12, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, United States; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) runs with the ball in the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Next game against the Minnesota Vikings

5-6 Philadelphia Eagles

November 21, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) calls a play against the New Orleans Saints in the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Next game at the New York Giants

5-6 Carolina Panthers

November 14, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, United States; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) smiles during the pre-game warm-up against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic
Nfl Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona Cardinals

Next game at the Miami Dolphins

5-6 Saints of New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 07: Taysom Hill # 7 and Trevor Siemian # 15 of the New Orleans Saints chat during warm-ups before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Caesars Superdome on November 07, 2021 in New Orleans , Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman / Getty Images)

Next game against Dallas Cowboys (week 13)

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