The Saints are in the playoffs for the third year in a row and fourth time in the past six seasons, but they know their work is far from over.
Sean Payton's team qualified for the postseason on Sunday evening with a 22-17 win over the Tennessee Titans coupled with a Chicago Bears' loss to the Denver Broncos in a game which ended as the Saints' chartered flight was returning to New Orleans.
While they're happy to be in, as far as the Saints (10-3) are concerned, there is a lot left for them to accomplish – such as winning the NFC South and their final playoff seeding.
The next target is the division title, which would be their third in Payton's six seasons with the club. They can achieve that with a win Sunday over the Minnesota Vikings and a tie or loss by the second-place Atlanta Falcons in Thursday night's game with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Saints can also clinch with a tie and a Falcons loss.
Considering they've been to the NFC title game in two of the past five seasons and won a Super Bowl, it was no big surprise that news of them getting into the playoffs again was hardly reason for a big celebration.
"There is some excitement in that it is an accomplishment," tackle Zach Strief said Monday. "It's something that you set out to do, but at the same time there are bigger things on that list.
"I think that as a team that has been in this position before, you kind of expect to get to the postseason. There will be bigger things down the road."
Saints maintain playoff-focused goals
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