The New Orleans Saints received a little help on Sunday. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton threw four interceptions in a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, dropping his team to 6-6 and widening the gap between them and the Saints.

While New Orleans already had a four-game lead on the division, this means that all they need is one more win to clinch an NFC South title. If the Saints win one more game, they will improve to 11-2 on the year, with a worst-case finish of 11-5. Right now, the best-case final record for Carolina is 10-6. There would be no way, mathematically, for the Panthers to win more games in the regular season.

That holds true in the event of another Carolina loss. If they drop one more game, their best possible finish would be 9-7, which is still worse than the Saints’ lowest possible win total at 10-6. In other words, if the Panthers lose one more game then the Saints could not win again the rest of the year and still make the playoffs.

It’s a nice coda to Week 13, which began with the Saints’ first loss in months. Now all they have to do is handle their business and go win in the same venue, against the same opponent, that just took down the Panthers: Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.