Saints Clinch NFC #1 Seed, Colts Take Advantage, Chiefs Lose But Still in Control

Jonathan Grant | December 24th, 2018

The New Orleans Saints might have a few chinks in their armor. However, those don’t appear very often, if ever, at home, and after a 31-28 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers there on Sunday, they have made sure that they won’t have to leave the Mercedes-Benz Superdome until the Super Bowl, should they make it that far. The Saints clinched the #1 seed in the NFC thanks to the win, a win in which Drew Brees’ led them to a game-winning touchdown with just under a minute and a half left before Sheldon Rankins forced the sealing fumble from the Steelers. Brees and co. improved to 13-2 with the win, and they will now be a very tough out when it comes to the playoffs thanks to having home field advantage throughout. With their loss, the Steelers are not sitting outside of the playoff picture in the AFC and will need some help going into the final week of the season from those in front of them to have a shot at making it after a late collapse has seen them fall behind.

The Steelers’ loss helped pave the way, along with a victory over the New York Giants, for the Indianapolis Colts to get themselves into the playoff spots going into the final week of the season. The Colts, one of the teams on a roll in the entire league currently, didn’t show that kind of form early on as the Giants jumped out to a 14 point lead in the first quarter. Andrew Luck, though, would lead his charges back into the game and his pass to Chester Rogers from one yard out with just 55 seconds remaining on the clock handed them the win that takes them into sixth as things sit in the AFC playoff picture. The work is not over, though, because they will travel to Nashville to face the Tennessee Titans next week in what is basically the first round of the playoffs for both teams.

Elsewhere, the Kansas City Chiefs let a chance to clinch the #1 seed in the AFC slip away from them as they lost to the Seattle Seahawks, whom need a win to clinch a playoff berth. The Chiefs’ high octane offense was once again stifled as they came up short 38-31 in the Pacific Northwest. Pat Mahomes had three TD throws and 273 yards, but the Seahawks had all but cemented the game away with two and a half minutes left by going up by ten. From there, they held on to a big win, one in which the Chiefs will sweat over. Should they lose next weekend, albeit to the lowly Raiders, they could end up in the Wild Card places having dominated so much. The New England Patriots clinched the AFC East crown for the tenth year in a row. Despite their struggles, they are in second now and could, in theory, end up first in the playoffs should the Chargers and Chiefs both lose next week.

Next Article
  • Harden Drops 61

    It’s not even a surprise anymore. It’s come to be expected, such is the level of skill associated with James Harden, who put up 61 points on Friday night in a 111-105 win over rivals San Antonio. Coming off the back of 57 points in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, this was among his...

    Read More
  • Lakers Miss Playoffs

    In other NBA news, the Los Angeles Lakers’ misery was confirmed on Friday night. They will not be heading to the playoffs, marking the sixth straight year where that has been said. We’ve all known that this has been coming for a while now, but this is only confirmation of it as it has become...

    Read More
  • UVA Gets By

    Virginia came into Friday afternoon’s game with a point to prove after last year’s shocking debacle that saw them lose, as a #1 seed, to #16 seed UMBC, the first time a #1 had fallen in the very first round. On Friday, however, they looked tepid and scared. At least for a little while. But...

    Read More
  • UC Irvine Impresses

    It’s not been the most rocky of NCAA Tournaments thus far, with a lot of chalk and expected ‘upsets’ taking place, but the biggest one so far has been UC Irvine’s 70-64 win over Kansas State. The #13 seed Anteaters came into Friday’s game without a single win in a tournament ever. No NCAA wins...

    Read More
  • Morant Leads Rare Upset on Day 1 Of NCAA’s

    On a day in the NCAA Tournament that offered up very few true upsets, Ja Morant provided one. Perhaps it’s not too big of an upset, either, but it’s as close as we got to seeing a major one given that his #12 seed Murray State team went out and won 83-64 over #5 seed...

    Read More
  • Magee Breaks Threes Record

    Wofford, another unfashionable underdog that has risen to widespread popularity this season, had a record set on Thursday in the tournament. The #7 seed Terriers won 84-68 over #10 seed Seton Hall in Jacksonville, and to go one better they had sharpshooter Fletcher Magee set the NCAA Division I mark for most threes made in...

    Read More
  • Ichiro Takes Bow

    The Opening Series of the MLB season finished up on Thursday, and it saw the Seattle Mariners win 5-4 in 12 innings in Japan over the Oakland A’s. Domingo Santana once again came up clutch, despite a fielder’s choice to give the Mariners a 2-0 record to begin the season. However, the big story was...

    Read More
  • Ichiro Stars in MLB Opener

    Whether you like it or not, and whether you ever were aware of it happening or not, the MLB season began on Wednesday in Japan with the Opening Series between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics. Having resigned Ichiro Suzuki, the Mariners started the 45 year old legend in Tokyo, much to the approval...

    Read More