What a Saints' win means in a parsimonious NFC South playoff race

Nothing changes with a NFC South standings after a Saints’ 31-21 win over a Panthers on Sunday. Except, that is, that a Saints softened to 9-3 and strengthened their reason on a division.

There was copiousness roving on this diversion for a Saints and a Panthers. Both teams came into it 8-3. The Saints were still on tip of a South interjection to their Week 3 win over Carolina, though now they’ve put a full win between themselves and a Panthers, too.

The Panthers got a integrate of propitious breaks. Luke Kuechly forced a fail in a second quarter. The Panthers were means to spin that into a measure to slight a Saints’ lead to 21-14 going into a half. Saints kicker Wil Lutz also missed a margin idea in a third quarter.

But New Orleans ran divided with it in a second half, anyway. They tacked on another touchdown in a third entertain when Alvin Kamara left a whole Panthers invulnerability in his arise en track to a 20-yard touchdown. A Lutz margin idea gave them a 17-point lead in a fourth quarter, and a miserly Saints invulnerability didn’t let a Panthers in a finish section in a second half until only underneath 4 mins remained in a game.

The win gives a Saints a small respirating room streamer into a integrate of tough tests to hang adult a season. New Orleans has to spin around and face a Falcons in Atlanta on Thursday Night Football. It’s generally severe for a Saints to have to transport and get prepared to play Atlanta only 4 days after personification in a late afternoon game.

The Falcons are uninformed off of a 14-9 detriment during home to a Vikings, in that they unsuccessful to measure a singular touchdown. They’ll be scheming for a Saints on a brief week, also. Atlanta didn’t do a playoff station any favors in Sunday’s loss. The Falcons tumble to 7-5 and are only on a outward looking in for now, unless a Seahawks remove to a Eagles on Monday night.

If a Eagles win, a Falcons should get penciled behind into that final NFC furious label mark for now. But a tail finish of a Falcons’ report is packaged with local opponents. They’ve got a Saints on Thursday, afterwards a Buccaneers, afterwards a Saints again on Christmas Eve, and they hang things adult with a Panthers on New Year’s Eve.

The Buccaneers haven’t been mathematically separated from a playoffs yet, though they’re looking like a longest of prolonged shots after losing to a Packers 26-20 in overtime on Sunday. The Saints’ win on Sunday over Carolina creates them a transparent leaders to win a division. The Panthers should still have a shot during a furious label bid. The Falcons substantially need to win out to have a shot, and a Buccaneers will expected be examination a postseason from home nonetheless again.

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