Saints, Chiefs become first NFL teams to clinch spots in playoff field

The New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs became the first NFL teams in the 2020 season to clinch a spot in the playoffs.

The Saints joined the field thanks to a 21-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons and the Chicago Bears’ 34-30 loss to the Detroit Lions. 

Quarterback Taysom Hill threw two touchdown passes, the first of his NFL career, and New Orleans held on late to secure the victory.

The Saints, who extended their win streak to nine games and are in the pole position for the top seed in the NFC, are in the postseason for the fourth consecutive year.

The defending-champion Chiefs defeated the Denver Broncos 22-16 on Sunday night to claim their playoff berth. Kansas City has now made the playoffs in seven of eight seasons under coach Andy Reid, including every year since 2015.

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Despite not playing until Monday, the Pittsburgh Steelers missed out on a chance to clinch a playoff spot on Sunday, as the Las Vegas Raiders, Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts all won their games. The Steelers can still wrap up a postseason spot Monday by beating the Washington Football Team to move to 12-0.

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