1. Drew Brees broke Dan Marino's longstanding record for yards passing in a season. The Saints' quarterback has 5,087 yards passing and has one more game to go to pad that number. Brees and the Saints clinched the NFC South title, but they still have plenty to play for. If they win Sunday and San Francisco loses, the Saints will have the No. 2 seed in the NFC.
2. Speaking of the Saints, their job was made easier by Atlanta's game plan on Monday. The Falcons, who are known mostly for their running attack, rushed the ball only 14 times against New Orleans. Instead of just playing ball control and giving the ball to Michael Turner, the Falcons threw the ball 61 times.
3. The AFC West is still up for grabs. If Denver beats Kansas City, it wins the division. But if it loses, and Oakland beats San Diego, then the Raiders will win the divison.
4. The Broncos-Chiefs game has the most drama of the weekend as Kyle Orton returns to face his old team. Orton was cut with Tim Tebow taking over as the starting quarterback for the Broncos. But Orton was claimed by the Chiefs, and he has a chance to play spoiler in the season finale.
5. The playoffs start a week early for Dallas and the New York Giants. The two NFC East rivals are both 8-7, so whichever one of them wins Sunday night's showdown will claim the divison crown and the fourth seed in the NFC.
1. N.Y. Giants
1. New Orleans
4. Tampa Bay
1. Green Bay
1. San Francisco
4. St. Louis
1. New England
2. N.Y. Jets
3. San Diego
4. Kansas City
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Detroit at Green Bay, 1 p.m.
San Francisco at St. Louis, 1 p.m.
Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m.
Buffalo at New England, 1 p.m.
N.Y. Jets at Miami, 1 p.m.
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
Washington at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
San Diego at Oakland, 4:15 p.m.
Kansas City at Denver, 4:15 p.m.
Seattle at Arizona, 4:15 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 4:15 p.m.
Baltimore at Cincinnati, 4:15 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 4:15 p.m.
Dallas at N.Y. Giants, 8:30 p.m.