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Saints would be Bears’ best playoff foe

If you are rooting for the Bears over the Packers, you might also want to root for the Cowboys over the Eagles, the Saints over the Buccaneers, the 49ers over the ­Cardinals and the Panthers over the Falcons on Sunday.

That would arguably set up a best-case scenario for the Bears of landing the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs and facing the New Orleans Saints in a wild-card game at Soldier Field.

The Saints are likely to be the best match for the Bears. The Saints have lost five of their last six road games. Though they average 32.3 points at home, they average 18.6 on the road — 14.6 over their last six road games. The Saints and Drew Brees have a history of playing poorly in winter weather.

Even if the Eagles beat the Cowboys to win the NFC East, the Bears could face the Saints as the No. 4 seed if the Saints beat the Buccaneers, the Cardinals beat the 49ers and the Panthers beat the Falcons.

None of the six NFC seeds has been determined heading into Week 17. If the Bears beat the Packers they could end up playing the Saints, 49ers, Panthers, Cardinals or Seahawks in a wild-card game at Soldier Field.

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