An Unlikely Playoffs Berth

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Tuesday December 16 – 11:30 (AEST)

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Chicago host New Orleans on Tuesday (AEST) with an unlikely playoff berth within the Saints grasp.

For a team with a 5-8 record this season, you would think the Saints would be planning their end of year trip rather than aiming for a spot in the playoffs. But given the poor competition in the NFC South, New Orleans sit tied with Carolina at the top of the table. They may not carry the same form that saw them win Super Bowl XLIV, but with former MVP Drew Brees directing them around the paddock, they are still a slim chance of taking home the NFC Title and the Super Bowl trophy . To do so though, they have to bounce back from a crushing 41-10 loss to the Panthers last week. 

The Bears are done for the year. While they have the same record as the Saints (5-8), Chicago are situated in the competitive NFC North Division, which is led by the Green Bay Packersw. They may not have the playoffs in their minds, but the Bears are a proud club and will no doubt go down swinging in 2014/2015. Last week against an in-form Cowboys outfit, Chicago showed the guts that has seen them reach the playoffs three times in six years. Heading into the fourth quarter, they were 28 points down and looking at an embarrassing defeat. But thanks to a superb effort from quarterback Jay Cutler, who finished with 341 yards for two touchdowns, they lost by 13 points and were unlucky not to shorten the gap even further.

With the Panthers losing earlier this week, the Saints have the chance to claim top spot in the South. TattsBet customers continue to favour the visitors at the line (-3) given the fact the Bears have allowed 75 points in their last two games and now have nothing left to play for. 

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