Something has to give in Seattle on Monday night as two of the form teams in the NFL go head-to-head for conference supremacy.
The home side are on the hottest of hot streaks and go into the game looking for their seventh triumph on the spin and their 11th win from 12 games so far this season.
But the Saints will be in confident mood. In terms of form they are not too far behind the Seahawks with an impressive nine wins and two defeats so far, and they also possess the NFC's most prolific passer in Drew Brees.
The quarterback ranks second in the NFL in terms of passing yards (3,647) and touchdowns (28) behind only Peyton Manning and he will be confident of exploiting a weakened Seattle defence.
Seattle are still are missing starting cornerback Brandon Browner because of an injury and the reserve cornerback Walter Thurmond.
Thurmond was suspended by the NFL for four games last Tuesday for breaking the league's rules on substance abuse.
It is something of a blow for Seattle who, heading into week 13, were tied with Buffalo on a league-best 16 interceptions and had forced an NFL-high 26 turnovers.
The Saints are in a nail-biting contest with Carolina to clinch the NFC South, and a win on Monday night would give them the tiebreaker over Seattle and the inside track for the No.1 seed and home advantage heading into the postseason.
Should the Seahawks win, they will be in position to clinch a playoff place for the second season in a row.
Kick-off: 8:30pm EST (1:30am GMT)
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