The New Orleans Saints clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2013 in Sunday's 23-13 win over Atlanta, but there's still work to be done to clinch the NFC South and discover their current No. 4 playoff seed.
With all but the Christmas Day games complete, here's how the playoff picture is shaping up in the National Football Conference with one week left to play.
1. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (13-2)
Week 16 result: 19-10 victory over Oakland Raiders
Current status: Clinched the NFC East Division and No. 1 overall seed in the NFC for a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
2. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (12-3)
Week 16 result: 16-0 victory over Green Bay
Current status: Clinched NFC North division. Trails Philadelphia by one-half game for the No. 1 overall seed and has a one-game lead for the conference's No. 2 overall seed, which comes with a first-round bye.
3. LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-4)
Week 16 result: 27-23 victory over Tennessee Titans
Current status: Clinched NFC West. Slotted for No. 3 seed. Holds tiebreaker over Saints because of head-to-head advantage (Rams defeated New Orleans, 26-20, on Nov. 26).
4. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (11-4)
Week 16 result: 23-13 victory over Atlanta Falcons
Current status: Clinched playoff berth for the first time since 2013. Tied for first place in the NFC South but holds the lead because of head-to-head tiebreaker advantage over the Carolina Panthers (New Orleans swept the season series over Carolina, 2-0). Holds No. 4 overall seed.
Division race: If New Orleans wins its final game (at Tampa Bay Buccanneers), it will finish the season 12-4 and win the NFC South, no matter the outcome of the Falcons-Panthers game in Week 17, and hold on to the No. 4 seed or move up to the No. 3 seed if the Rams lose. A loss to Tampa and a Carolina win would allow the Panthers to take both the NFC South and the No. 4 seed.
5. CAROLINA PANTHERS (11-4)
Week 16 result: 22-19 victory over Tampa Bay
Current status: Clinched playoff berth and holds No. 5 overall seed, which is the conference's first wild card spot. The Panthers can clinch the NFC South with a win over Atlanta and a Saints loss to Tampa Bay in Week 17. If the Saints and Rams were both to lose, and the Panthers were to win in Week 17, they could move up to as high as the No. 3 seed.
6. ATLANTA FALCONS (9-6)
Week 16 result: 23-13 loss to New Orleans Saints
Current status: Holds No. 6 overall seed, which is the conference's second and final wild card spot. The Falcons can clinch a playoff berth with a win over Carolina. If Atlanta and Seattle (vs. Arizona Cardinals) both win in Week 17, Atlanta clinches a playoff berth because of head-to-head advantage (The Falcons beat the Seahawks 34-31 on Nov. 20).
OTHERS IN THE HUNT
Seattle Seahawks (9-6)
The Saints season no one saw coming is headed to the playoffs.
The NFL is making sure all the drama in the NFC South plays out at the same time.