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Four teams still alive for the No. 2 seed in the NFC

In the Week 16 Morning Aftermath, we pointed out that five teams were still in position to secure the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

With Minnesota’s 36-30 loss to the Bears in overtime on Monday night, the Saints nailed down the No. 1 position — leaving four teams to battle for second place.

The league has confirmed that, entering Week 17, the Vikings, Eagles, Cardinals, and Cowboys can earn the right to watch the four wild-card weekend games from their comfort of their own homes.

The Eagles control their destiny in this regard; if they beat the Cowboys on Sunday, the Eagles finish at No. 2 in the NFC.

The Vikings earn the bye with a win over the Giants and a loss or tie by the Eagles.  (The Vikings also end up as the No. 2 seed if they tie the Giants and if the Eagles lose; given last night’s outcome, we probably should at least consider the possibility of the thing that Donovan McNabb didn’t realize could happen until November 2008.)

The Cardinals can swipe the bye if both the Vikings and the Eagles lose.

If the Vikings lose and the Cardinals lose (or tie), then the Cowboys get a week off and a home game in the divisional round by beating the Eagles.

So in a conference with all six playoff berths already determined, Week 17 will still entail plenty of potential drama.

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63 Responses to “Four teams still alive for the No. 2 seed in the NFC”
  1. Allied Biscuit says: Dec 29, 2009 12:01 PM

    Vikings fan here:
    count out the Vikings. They will lose. no question. mark it down.

  2. Mr Krinkle says: Dec 29, 2009 12:02 PM

    Week 17 is coming up, not week 16.

  3. Grimace421 says: Dec 29, 2009 12:04 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong but is it if the Vikes Lose, Pack Lose and Philly beats the Boys, that would mean Green Bay in Minnesota for the wild card round?
    If so, NFL Gods, please let this happen..

  4. Chris Fiorentino says: Dec 29, 2009 12:05 PM

    “So in a conference with all six playoff berths already determined, Week 17 will still entail plenty of potential drama.”
    Which is why it is a stupid notion to say that the Jets-Bengals second stringers was the only logical choice for NBC for Sunday night.

  5. DonTerrelli says: Dec 29, 2009 12:07 PM

    You mean Week 17

  6. bigrig says: Dec 29, 2009 12:08 PM

    If the Cowboys, Vikings, and Packers win, Dallas and Philly would play a rematch inTexas.
    Dallas would be 3 seed and Philly would be 6.
    Green Bay would be 5 seed over Philly based on better record in common games [Dallas, Chicago, Tampa Bay, San Francisco.] Green Bay 4-1, Philly 3-2.

  7. 8man says: Dec 29, 2009 12:09 PM

    Ah! And the drama continues.
    Now to the AFC, where all we know is that the Colts and Chargers will wait the winner of whomever goes to NE and Cincy.
    So with 16 games on the docket, nine have direct playoff implications. One game decides the division title, and one game pits two teams already in the playoffs.
    I don’t have enough televisions.

  8. ur mommas nuts says: Dec 29, 2009 12:09 PM

    Go Eagles!!

  9. bigrig says: Dec 29, 2009 12:13 PM

    Grimace421,
    You are correct. That scenario would create GB at Minn and Dallas at Arizona in wildcard round.

  10. stevemcguigan says: Dec 29, 2009 12:15 PM

    Parity for the win.

  11. Emoney says: Dec 29, 2009 12:15 PM

    I picked the Vikings in my confidence pool this week, but I’m not so sure they can even handle the Giants. I only picked them because they’re at home. If it were in NY, the Giants would probably blow them out.
    Thank you Minnesota. I was the only one to pick Chicago this past week in my pool, and it won me $70. I love betting against losers.

  12. ShimSham says: Dec 29, 2009 12:15 PM

    “Correct me if I’m wrong but is it if the Vikes Lose, Pack Lose and Philly beats the Boys, that would mean Green Bay in Minnesota for the wild card round?”
    ____________
    That is correct.

  13. eagles_2031 says: Dec 29, 2009 12:16 PM

    thank you bears………….

  14. Sike-1 says: Dec 29, 2009 12:18 PM

    Eagles will not leave Dallas without a “W”. Waaaaaaay too much at stake here.

  15. teke184 says: Dec 29, 2009 12:21 PM

    Grimace,
    If so, I hope that the third time is the charm for the Pack.
    Considering that Minny is breaking down right now while the Pack is peaking, I’d love to watch them knock Methuselah out of the playoffs.

  16. Fan of Football says: Dec 29, 2009 12:21 PM

    Overrated Eagles will lose to the Cowboys and the Vikes will easily beat the listless Giants to ge tthe 2nd seed. So all this talk is a waste.

  17. MEDTXPACK says: Dec 29, 2009 12:21 PM

    doesnt matter where these teams end up. The Pack is Back and will travel to and whoop anyone in their way! Bring it on!
    Saints: declining
    Eagles: declining and will be beat up from Dallas
    Cowboys: beat em once, will beat em again
    ViQueens: declining schism
    Arizona: watch the game this week.

  18. Master Bates says: Dec 29, 2009 12:22 PM

    Vikes fans fear playing the Pack less than Dallas or Philly

  19. Bird Man says: Dec 29, 2009 12:26 PM

    No drama. Eagles will up the No. 2 seed around 7:30.

  20. Rempshaker says: Dec 29, 2009 12:27 PM

    Florio, you cannot control destiny. That’s what makes destiny destiny. With that said, the Eagles are destine to win it all.

  21. everythingchicagoblows says: Dec 29, 2009 12:30 PM

    Pervy….Pervy….where are you Pervy??? Get Brett’s junk out of your mouth, get out of mommy’s basement, and welcome yourself to the same crap Packers went with for the past 5 years…Farve with good games, but losses, followed by him throwing everyone except himself under the (short) bus…nice comments Brett had last night…”I played the best game I could.” Followed by a shrug and eyeroll.. Only bigger bitch then brett is pervy.

  22. Bob S. says: Dec 29, 2009 12:31 PM

    if the vikings lose?
    to who and in the 1pm game?
    the giants who have given up 40 points or more 4 times this season SO FAR for the first time since 1966?
    carolina with a backup qb and rb scored 41 points on these bums under the worst defensive coaches in the league COUGHLIN AND SHERIDAN!

  23. OmegaXxXNFL says: Dec 29, 2009 12:35 PM

    That Harvey guy is in hiding, either that or the milk truck was a no show again at his mammy’s.

  24. slipkid says: Dec 29, 2009 12:38 PM

    looks to me like philly is writing their ticket.
    44-6* deux

  25. purplepuzzyeatrz says: Dec 29, 2009 12:38 PM

    oh….how comical……..I have bled purple for 30 years….this is the same Viking team that dominated earlier this year….Mark it down…Vikings will play in the Super Bowl…..I have seen Great teams get beat by inferior teams..It is the NFL… Doesnt really matter….Vikings seem to play better with their backs against the wall….All it takes is 1 strong win and their back in form….Plus chilly is a football offensive genius..he is waiting to bring out the real playbook for the post season….this is all a rouge…….he has a masterplan…so please viking fans…dont jump to conclusions yet…we are backed by genius………………………:0

  26. Pervy_Harvin says: Dec 29, 2009 12:39 PM

    everythingchicagoblows – I,like Brett am a 40 year old that can wipe you out! Internet tough guys like you are really the kids that got beat up!
    Damn,Favre made that game great last night! Any one who disputes that don’t know ball. Our offense is going to keep on rolling in the playoffs.

  27. SF Saints Fan says: Dec 29, 2009 12:41 PM

    Saints are #1 Seed. Somebody besides Green Bay will be the #2 Seed. Whoever that is will get the first round Bye:
    Then Possible Wild Card Round Games Are: (7 Scenarios Total – 14 possible match-up scenarios because of two games in round)
    Green Bay at Arizona (5 scenarios)
    Dallas at Minnesota (2 scenarios)
    Philadelphia at Dallas (2 scenarios)
    Philadelphia at Minnesota (2 scenarios)
    Dallas at Arizona (1 scenario)
    Green Bay at Minnesota (1 scenario)
    Green Bay at Dallas (1 scenario)
    Philadelphia, Minnesota, Arizona and Dallas are all alive for the #2 Seed. Green Bay is locked in as a Wild Card and will be on the road in the Wild Card Round. Philadelphia cannot host a Wild Card game, they are either the #2 (with a bye) or the #5 or #6. If Philadelphia does not take the #2 Seed, Minnesota, Dallas and Arizona are all up for hosting a wild card game.

  28. Pervy_Harvin says: Dec 29, 2009 12:42 PM

    Want to thank you posting idiots! You have made me a star! Look for an all out NFL smack site in 2010…hosted by me of course! Omega- Thanks bud…you were one of the biggest douches to ever grace PFT!!!

  29. Pervy_Harvin says: Dec 29, 2009 12:48 PM

    Vikings have got the bugs out…now time to start REALLY kicking ass!! Best time of the year.

  30. purplepuzzyeatrz says: Dec 29, 2009 12:49 PM

    You guys are Fags…..Phily is going nowwhere….Viking will beat them all day long….Westbrook????? cmon hes in lala land….Jackson is your only threat…if he doesnt make the big play…game over….THE Vikes will clean house all day long…..they planned this at the end of the year..just as a smokescreen..wait and see fools

  31. nasheagles says: Dec 29, 2009 12:55 PM

    Dallas would be smart to lose- than they would get to play the Vikings… and not have to get Philly 2 weeks in a row

  32. Richard says: Dec 29, 2009 1:02 PM

    The Iggles will thump the Cowgirls this week. Losing our center could prove a problem with the running game but McNabb will light up the ‘Pukes secondary. Romo is playing better than his team too.

  33. anniev says: Dec 29, 2009 1:09 PM

    dont the Vikes beat the cowboys in the tie breaker? How are the Cowboys still alive? If the NFL confirms I guess its true, but how?? I guess it goes to strength of victory??? (they would have the same w/l conf percentage, and i dont believe they played four like games)

  34. CsanBoySmith says: Dec 29, 2009 1:11 PM

    Pervy you are PFT’s biggest star! Congrats
    “yep, we just went 1-3 in the last four games, now it’s time to turn it on and start kicking some ass.”
    The New York Mets in September up by 8 1/2 games with 10 to play think you’re losing it. Whether you want to believe it or not, taking a losing streak into the playoffs is not all that good…in fact, it’s rather not that good.

  35. anniev says: Dec 29, 2009 1:13 PM

    The vikings showed back up in the second half, too little to late for yesterday, but any team who take this team lightly might be in for a rude awakening.

  36. Pallidrone says: Dec 29, 2009 1:17 PM

    # MEDTXPACK says: December 29, 2009 12:21 PM
    doesnt matter where these teams end up. The Pack is Back and will travel to and whoop anyone in their way! Bring it on!
    Saints: declining
    Eagles: declining and will be beat up from Dallas
    Cowboys: beat em once, will beat em again
    ViQueens: declining schism
    Arizona: watch the game this week.
    ——————————————————
    The Eagles are on a 6 game winning streak. How exactly are they “declining”?

  37. joe says: Dec 29, 2009 1:17 PM

    couldn’t resist a Philly-bash could you Florio?

  38. Pervy_Harvin says: Dec 29, 2009 1:24 PM

    CsanBoySmith- This is the NFL. One and done. Vikings have the goods to beat up anyone. Or lay an egg. Just like the rest of the playoff teams. That is why it is exciting as hell!!

  39. Stinemonster says: Dec 29, 2009 1:33 PM

    nasheagles says:
    December 29, 2009 12:55 PM
    Dallas would be smart to lose- than they would get to play the Vikings… and not have to get Philly 2 weeks in a row
    ================
    Dallas fan and I would like to see Dallas and the Eagles play two weeks in a row. Both should be good games. Alot better than last year and earlier this season. We can’t lose. If Dallas wins both games then it will shut you guys up and Dallas should do good in the playoffs. If you win we may have to hear it another year but we may finally get to see Wade Phillips playing for another team or only as a D cordinator.

  40. NJPackFan says: Dec 29, 2009 1:38 PM

    As a Pack fan, I really don’t want to meet the Viks again. I do think the Packers are a better team at this point, but clearly Favre still has the magic and might be able to use it against us. I know alot of Packer fans want to see a second re-match, but it makes me nervous.

  41. Halas` Heros says: Dec 29, 2009 1:40 PM

    I’ve been reading comments on how difficult it has been for the Viking defense w/o their middle linebacker and how awesome Favre was in the second half, but those same people seem to conveniently forget that Chicago lost their MLB and a starting OLB in the first game of the season, their best corner early in the second half, and both of their starting safety’s were out!!!
    Chicago shouldn’t have been in the game!
    This game exposed both the weakness of the Viking’s team, and the ineptitude of the Bear’s coaching staff. The Vikings have not beaten a quality opponent away from home, and the Bears cannot develop the talent they have.
    Smith better not retain his job.
    As for the playoffs, the Eagles and ‘boys are hot, but so are the Chargers. Barring injuries, I believe San Diego wins it all.

  42. Cleg says: Dec 29, 2009 1:57 PM

    The stars are aligning for the Eagles once again. I have no doubt they will be the second seed and advance to the NFC Championship game. Once there, they will fumble, bumble and stumble their way to another awful loss and I will enjoy the pitiful sorry looks on all the moronic Eagle fans faces – bunch of arrogant jerks whose team has never won a thing.

  43. CaptainFantastik says: Dec 29, 2009 2:17 PM

    I’ve been reading comments on how difficult it has been for the Viking defense w/o their middle linebacker and how awesome Favre was in the second half, but those same people seem to conveniently forget that Chicago lost their MLB and a starting OLB in the first game of the season, their best corner early in the second half, and both of their starting safety’s were out!!!
    ——————————————–
    You’re right of course, but that would just make too much sense for the typical Vikes fan around here.

  44. Indyeagle says: Dec 29, 2009 2:17 PM

    Cleg,
    My high school football team actually won “biggest moronic, arrogant jerks”, so don’t say we have never won anything.
    Good day.
    Signed,
    Eagles fan

  45. lskynard87 says: Dec 29, 2009 2:25 PM

    As a Vikings fan, I’m worried about the Cowboys.
    They are the Card’s of last year.
    No one’s talking about them and they are playing hot football with talented players.
    The Saints seem a little overwhelmed, the Eagles, though on a winning streak, rely to much on a handful of big plays to win, Cardinals are boom or bust.
    The Packers… well the Vikes have beat them twice, but without Henderson there’s an obvious hole in our defense that I’m sure the Pack would love to exploit (especially if Finley is 100%).
    Favre is playing veteran solid football, and Peterson had his moments (freak call on the fumble, facemask and timely punch out) and with Rice doing his best Fitzgerald impressions, I’m confident the offense can get it done, but J. Brinkley in the middle on D has to sharpen up.

  46. DirtyBird06 says: Dec 29, 2009 2:28 PM

    Heard it here first, Ware and co. will give the Birds fits early but at the sound of the bell, Birds 30, ‘Boys 21 and DeSean will have broken the record for TD’s over 50+ yards.
    Fly Eagles Fly

  47. Abe71 says: Dec 29, 2009 2:32 PM

    Richard says:
    The Iggles will thump the Cowgirls this week. Losing our center could prove a problem with the running game but McNabb will light up the ‘Pukes secondary. Romo is playing better than his team too.
    ————————————————–
    Richard, your comments just exposes how stupid you and Eagle fans truly are. When we beat you the first time, Ratliff had his way with your starting center which is WHY your pathetic excuse of a QB could not make big play. Now your starting center is gone, replaced by a 4th string back-up and all of a sudden McNabb is going to have a field day airing it out???? One advice for you son, stop living out of your mom’s basement and get a G.E.D…..there’s no shame getting one age your age (35). Who knows? Maybe you can articulate a better argument…..LOL, nahh, that’s too much to ask from an Eagles fan!

  48. swoopnc says: Dec 29, 2009 2:32 PM

    MEDTXPACK says:
    December 29, 2009 12:21 PM
    doesnt matter where these teams end up. The Pack is Back and will travel to and whoop anyone in their way! Bring it on!
    Saints: declining
    Eagles: declining and will be beat up from Dallas
    Cowboys: beat em once, will beat em again
    ViQueens: declining schism
    Arizona: watch the game this week
    I didn’t have the patients to read all these responses so I am sure someone already blasted you for this, but how do you see that the Eagles are declining right now?? Dude, you beat Seattle last week!! Great job!!

  49. RWFV says: Dec 29, 2009 2:54 PM

    # Allied Biscuit says: December 29, 2009 12:01 PM
    Vikings fan here:
    count out the Vikings. They will lose. no question. mark it down.
    —————————————————
    Allied – you give all Vikings fans a bad name. If you want to jump off the bandwagon, that’s fine. WE DON’T NEED YOU! If the Vikings turn it around, which is a good possibility given the 2nd half of last nights game, don’t come crawling back jackass.

  50. Indyeagle says: Dec 29, 2009 3:14 PM

    I don’t know why all the fans on this site feel the need to insult anyone who roots for a different team. The truth of the matter is that any NFC playoff team can beat any other NFC playoff team on any given Sunday. EVERY team scares me and will from here on out. I like my Eagles chances, but at the same time, I wouldn’t be shocked if we lost.
    Anyone who says they aren’t scared of Dallas, Philly, Vikes, Pack, Saints, or Cards for the plethora of bogus reasons that are given is either a liar or in denial.
    Your team COULD and most likely WILL get beat. Only one out of every six who read this will support the winner out of the NFC. Ok, more like one out of every 5.5, there aren’t a whole lot of Cardinals fans on here!

  51. scrapdawg12 says: Dec 29, 2009 3:30 PM

    Most of you people are idiots. Cowfags are 2 and 2 this month. Their just as good as they are bad. Eagles should beat them and beat them bad. This is not a little league team the Boys are playing like the Redskins. Who has made it to the super bowl, 5 NFC championship games? That’s right, Donovan Mcnabb. So the pressure of a regular season game should not matter. Romo on the other hand has choked every chance he has gotten.

  52. TheBaySay says: Dec 29, 2009 3:48 PM

    Favre had hoped to give Childress most of the final game off after a token starting appearance but now faces the necessity of letting him coach perhaps the entire contest.

  53. mlegue810 says: Dec 29, 2009 6:14 PM

    Lay off McNabb already. I don’t think anyone knew that could happen.

  54. This is not news says: Dec 29, 2009 6:28 PM

    Grimace421 says: December 29, 2009 12:04 PM
    Correct me if I’m wrong but is it if the Vikes Lose, Pack Lose and Philly beats the Boys, that would mean Green Bay in Minnesota for the wild card round?
    If so, NFL Gods, please let this happen..
    ———————
    Yes, please let this happen…followed by:
    …a Dallas loss to Arizona, Vikes loss to Pack!
    Then…a NO loss to Pack, Philly & AZ cripple each other, don’t care who wins.
    Then…a AZ or Philly loss to Pack!
    Then…a Packers Superbowl victory!
    Amen.

  55. Valhalla says: Dec 29, 2009 6:57 PM

    @ pervy,
    EEAASSSY-your delusions of granduer are showing!
    Last nights game was a RIVALRY people and in my experience you can throw stats and records out the window!
    Hey Vikes haters can any of you name a NFL team who hasnt lost to an inferior opponent this year?(O.K. ill give you the colts who benched 5 starters in their loss to the Jets) Thats one in 32.
    Kudos to the Bears they down right beat us last night!
    Pervy’s right its one and done time once the playoffs start and not 10% of you could actually pick both superbowl starters this year.
    We have the weopons
    We are healthy
    We are in the playoffs
    We have Lord Favre
    Lets get it on!!

  56. Richard says: Dec 29, 2009 7:03 PM

    Richard says:
    The Iggles will thump the Cowgirls this week. Losing our center could prove a problem with the running game but McNabb will light up the ‘Pukes secondary. Romo is playing better than his team too.
    ————————————————–
    ABE71
    Richard, your comments just exposes how stupid you and Eagle fans truly are. When we beat you the first time, Ratliff had his way with your starting center which is WHY your pathetic excuse of a QB could not make big play. Now your starting center is gone, replaced by a 4th string back-up and all of a sudden McNabb is going to have a field day airing it out???? One advice for you son, stop living out of your mom’s basement and get a G.E.D…..there’s no shame getting one age your age (35). Who knows? Maybe you can articulate a better argument…..LOL, nahh, that’s too much to ask from an Eagles fan!
    Hey Abe!
    Nice to see you can make it over the border from Northern Mexico (Urp…Texas). What happened drug deal go bad? Your team’s so bad that Jerry Jones got a face lift so he could not be recognized! Once we wup your sorry team’s ass (man, I hate the Cowboys!) then you can crawl back across the border – but not until I smack you upside the head with an iceball with a D-cell battery… Of course thrown from a strong-armed Eagles fan with two graduate degrees….

  57. NFLisRIGGED says: Dec 29, 2009 9:27 PM

    All I have to say is Favre has been the most overrated QB for the last 7 years or so. Don’t get me wrong, I think he would be a great guy to hang around with, but if I had a game to win, he wouldn’t even be allowed near my list. The man is a walking time bomb ready to burst forth with a 6 int playoff game. He is a boom and bust QB. Even in that game last night the man threw a few ints that the bears were merciful enough to drop (Stupid Bears). Anyone who has truely watched Favre over the last nearly 20 years knows that opposing teams should not fear his skill, but they should fear his amazing luck. The man has bad form and makes really stupid decisions, but he gets away with some of them, due to aforementioned luck…

  58. DeathStar says: Dec 29, 2009 9:30 PM

    Dude these freakin eagles fans make me sick. They are always on here talkin so much noise and for what? What have you ever done really? As a Dallas fan I can honestly say I have respect for the pack, vikings, cards and saints. The pack have a very rich history and the skins on the wall to prove it. Cant take that away from them. The saints and cardinals have had a history to forget but are climbing out of it and building something. The vikings also have a good history like the purple people eaters and have no doubt had a good season. the eagles (as in players and coaches) in the past have had some strong memories as well. But for these ignorant ass eagle fans to get on here always talking noise you would at least think they have won the super bowl at least once. no doubt we will all get on here and support our teams and no doubt all teams have fans that will talk trash just because. but the freakin iggles fans are all dirtbags. The truth is anyone can win and anyone can lose. You can just hope your team executes and limits their mistakes. But hell we might as well stop watching the games because according to eagirls fans they have already won another one of their many rings.
    i nailed an iggle chick once (not proud of it) and she wouldnt stop calling me. told her you got leave that team and then call me. well she kept calling!

  59. Favre On HGH says: Dec 29, 2009 9:52 PM

    Eagles are giving up too many points to be scary in the playoffs.
    Losing to the Raiders, Browns, Lions or Rams should automatically disqualify you from a playoff spot.

  60. Richard says: Dec 29, 2009 11:55 PM

    Deathstar wrote…
    i nailed an iggle chick once (not proud of it) and she wouldnt stop calling me. told her you got leave that team and then call me. well she kept calling!
    Deathstar…. That was your mom calling you home for dinner. Nice to know your family tree has one branch!

  61. Richard says: Dec 30, 2009 12:14 AM

    Favre On High wrote:
    Eagles are giving up too many points to be scary in the playoffs. Losing to the Raiders, Browns, Lions or Rams should automatically disqualify you from a playoff spot.
    Response:
    You may have a legitimate comment here; however look at the other contenders that would also be bounced. Too many teams play down to their competition.

  62. DeathStar says: Dec 30, 2009 8:47 AM

    Richard thats a good one wow!! You think that up by yourself or did your boyfriend help? freagin loser

  63. THEpackersAREwhere? says: Dec 31, 2009 6:54 PM

    I really hope Philly and GB lose, just cause I hate them and the majority of, not all though, of their fan bases.

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