The playoff road for the New Orleans certainly won't be easy. Jeff Duncan, of the Times-Picayune, has the story, below.

Anthony Waters #59 of the New Orleans Saints runs on the field during player introductions before playing against the Cleveland Browns at the Louisiana Superdome on October 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Browns defeated the Saints 30-17.

Courtesy---Jeff Duncan/Times-Picayune

Officially, we won't know the consequences of the New Orleans Saints' loss to the Baltimore Ravens for at least another week.

But realistically, it doesn't look good for the home boys.

A hostile environment, a powerful opponent and some untimely mistakes conspired to sabotage the Saints' six-game winning streak Sunday.

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