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Saints biggest road playoff favorite in 30-plus years

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By Mike Wilkening

The Saints, who are favored by 10 to 10½ points at Seattle on Saturday at Nevada sportsbooks, are the biggest road favorites in an NFL playoff game in at least 32 years, handicapping information services The Gold Sheet and JimFeistFastFacts.com told PFW on Monday.

According to JimFeistFastFacts.com, which researched the topic, the Saints, the defending Super Bowl champions, appear to be the biggest NFL road pointspread favorite since at least 1978. The Gold Sheet told PFW that New Orleans is the biggest road playoff favorite since 1976. According to research from both services, the Saints are the biggest road wild-card favorite of all time.

The 7-9 Seahawks, who captured the NFC West with a 16-6 win over St. Louis Sunday night, are the first NFL team to win a division with a losing record.

The second-biggest favorites in wild-card history were the 2000 Rams, who were 6½-point favorites against — ironically enough — the Saints in New Orleans. The Saints upset the defending Super Bowl-champion Rams 31-28 on Dec. 30, 2000.

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