NFC Playoff Picture: Rams and Seahawks Go Head to Head for NFC West
Entering week 17, the NFC playoff picture is starting to get a little more clear. Seven NFC teams are out of playoff contention, four have clinched a playoff berth, and five are still in the hunt. The Rams and the Seahawks will battle it out in week 17 to decide the NFC West division while the final NFC wild card spot will go to either the Packers, Giants or the Buccaneers. We also have analysis of the AFC playoff picture.
NFC Teams that have clinched a playoff berth:
Chicago Bears – The Bears clinched the NFC North with their win against the Vikings last Monday night.
Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles clinched the NFC East when the Giants lost to the Packers on Sunday.
Atlanta Falcons – The Falcons have clinched a spot in the playoffs but have not locked up the NFC South. The Falcons need one win or one Saints loss to clinch the NFC South division.
New Orleans Saints – The Saints have clinched a playoff berth and can still win the NFC South with a win in their last game and a Falcons loss.
NFC Teams in the playoff hunt:
St. Louis Rams – The Rams will win the NFC West if they win against the Seahawks.
Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks will win the NFC West if they win against the Rams. If this happens, a 7-9 Seahawks will make the playoffs which will cause NFL analysts and fans to lose their minds over a sub .500 team making the playoffs while 10-6 teams are sitting on the sidelines.
New York Giants – The Giants will clinch a wild card spot with a win against the Redskins and a Bears win against the Packers.
Green Bay Packers – The Bears have already clinched the NFC North division so the Packers only chance at making the playoffs is by clinching a wild card spot. Since the Packers beat the Giants this past weekend, they are in the playoffs with a win against the Bears.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Buccaneers are out of the NFC South divisional race but still have a chance to win a wild card spot. The Buccaneers need to win their final game and have both the Packers and the Giants lose.
NFC Teams eliminated from the playoffs:
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