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Monday, December 19, 2011
Saints will be big Steelers' fans

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

It’s a pretty safe assumption the New Orleans Saints will be watching Monday Night Football in a few hours.

That’s because they’ve got a very big interest in the result of the game between San Francisco and Pittsburgh and it’s not a stretch to imagine some of the Saints waving Terrible Towels.

At the moment, the Saints are 11-3 and the 49ers are 10-3 and battling for the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoff picture. The top two seeds get first-round byes and home games in the second round of the playoffs.

The Saints can clinch the No. 2 seed if they win Dec. 26 against Atlanta and the 49ers lose to the Steelers and then lose again Sunday to Seattle.

Also, the Saints can clinch the NFC South title by winning either the game with Atlanta or the season finale with Carolina. The Saints can also clinch the division if Atlanta loses either of its final two games.

The Falcons can only win the NFC South if they defeat New Orleans and Tampa Bay in the season finale and the Saints also lose their season finale to Carolina.

Thanks to ESPN Stats & Information for providing all the clinching scenarios.