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NFL Playoff Picture 2012: Saints Win, Falcons Rematch Not Yet Ruled Out

The New Orleans Saints likely won't be able to reach the No. 2 NFC seed, as the San Francisco 49ers are taking care of the St. Louis Rams right now, but by demolishing the Carolina Panthers 45-17, they're still in line to host either the Atlanta Falcons or Detroit Lions in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Green Bay Packers are beating the Lions at the moment, which means the Falcons could head to play the NFC East champ instead of returning to the Superdome.

Following up on Drew Brees' record-setting week that had one anonymous Falcons player miffed, Sean Payton found a way to ring up records for Jimmy Graham (tight end yards in a season, which ) and Darren Sproles (all-purpose yards in a season) as well. Here's one Graham touchdown, as awful as all the others:

Head to for more Week 17 NFL playoff scenarios as the field comes into focus. Head to Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles and Panthers blog Cat Scratch Reader for more on this game.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.