A fourth consecutive loss knocked the Saints out of the NFC playoff picture – Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints have been a fixture of the annual NFL playoff tournament, having won the NFC South four years in a row and regularly competed for postseason glory. But they’re a long way from getting back in the mix after dropping four losses in a row. At this point, with a mediocre 5-6 record and two teams ahead of them owning tiebreakers, the Saints aren’t even in the projected NFC playoff picture. They place tenth in the seven-team playoff ranking. They’re third in their own division.

Here’s what the current NFC playoff standings look like going into the weekend, accounting for the three games on Thanksgiving:

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Nov 29, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; 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 game at Chicago Bears (Week 13)

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

Next game vs. Los Angeles Rams

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

Next game at Indianapolis Colts

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Nov 24, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; 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 New Orleans Saints (Week 13)

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Sep 19, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; 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

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

Next game at San Francisco 49ers

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

Next game vs. Minnesota Vikings

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

Next game at New York Giants

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Nov 14, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) smiles during the pregame warm-up against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

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Next game at Miami Dolphins

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 07: Taysom Hill #7 and Trevor Siemian #15 of the New Orleans Saints talk 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 vs. Dallas Cowboys (Week 13)