NFC playoff picture: East, North still to be decided

AP

Two NFC divisions have been wrapped up and two are still in contention with two weeks left in the season.

The Panthers have already clinched the NFC East and the Cardinals have already clinched the NFC West. The NFC East and NFC North are still to be determined, with a big game on Saturday between Philadelphia and Washington and a big game in Week 17 between Green Bay and Minnesota.

Here’s how the playoff picture looks:

LEADERS
1. Panthers (14-0): Need one more win or a Cardinals loss to clinch home-field advantage.

2. (Cardinals (12-2): Need one more win or a Packers loss to clinch a first-round bye.

3. Packers (10-4): If they win out, they win the division.

4. Washington (7-7): A big game looms on Saturday against Philadelphia.

5. Seahawks (9-5): Seattle is locked into a wild card and doesn’t have much to play for in the last two weeks.

6. Vikings (9-5): Minnesota still has a Week 17 game against Green Bay, so if the Vikings win out, they win the NFC North. The only way the Vikings can miss the playoffs is in the extremely unlikely even that they finish in a three-way tie with the Seahawks and Falcons at 9-7.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
7. Falcons (7-7): Atlanta technically hasn’t been eliminated but would need to win out and have both the Vikings and Seahawks lose out.

OTHER NFC EAST CONTENDERS

Eagles (6-8): If Philadelphia wins out, it wins the NFC East.

Giants (6-8): The Giants need to win their last two while Washington loses its last two. If that happens, the Giants win the NFC East.

52 responses to “NFC playoff picture: East, North still to be decided

  1. Funny how about saying if the Redskins beat the Eagles they win the division instead of big game lurks on Saturday. Your hatred for the Redskins is obvious and makes you look stupid.

  2. NFC = No Freaking Chance against the soon to be back to back World Champion Patriots in the Super Bowl.

    🙂

  3. Being that Viking beat Falcons but lost to Seattle. Explain to me how they would lose out of playoffs and allow Falcons in with a 3 way tie with Falcons and Seahawks. What would be the tie breaking scenario that decides that? I’m not familiar.

  4. Let’s face it: The North has been decided already. Whoever wins week 17 wins the division, and the Vikings lost by three scores at home. At Lambeau in week 17 (and probably wild card weekend the following week), the vikings will lose by 4 or more scores. Both times.

  5. 4. Redskins (7-7)
    You could at least be consistent. Ditch the aganda and refer to all teams by their location. No need to stray off the beaten path to display your beliefs to me.

  6. My predictions:

    Green Bay will win out and win the North. Minnesota will beat the Giants and then lose to the Packers. Arizona will lose both of their remaining games to Green Bay and Seattle. It will finish like this:

    1) Carolina
    2) Green Bay
    3) Arizona
    4) Washington DC
    5) Seattle
    6) Minnesota

    WC – Arizona will beat Minnesota, Seattle beats Washington

    DIV – Green bay beats Arizona, Seattle beats Carolina

    Conf Champ – Green Bay beats Seattle at Lambeau.

  7. Packers don’t have to win out to win the division. They just need to beat the Vikings again.
    But they probably will win out.

  8. GB fans do a lot of talking for a team that clearly isnt very dominant. Make sense though, there isnt much to do in wisconsin. Take some advice from your role model and RELAX.

  9. 49erstim says:
    Dec 21, 2015 4:16 PM
    Didn’t Minnesota BEAT Atlanta a couple weeks ago? Isn’t the 1st tie breaker head to head?

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    Yes, but in a three way tie I assume that conference record would be the tie breaker

  10. For those not familiar with how the falcons can eliminate the
    Vikings it goes as follows.

    Minnesota Lose Out
    Seahawks Lose Out
    Falcons Win Out

    3 way tie breakers do not go head to head first, they go by common opponents, conference wins and then strength of schedule. The Falcons win strength of schedule so they would get the 5th seed. Then they go by head to head for the Seahawks and Vikings, which the Seahawks take.

  11. minnescrotums says:
    Dec 21, 2015 3:59 PM
    Let’s face it: The North has been decided already. Whoever wins week 17 wins the division, and the Vikings lost by three scores at home. At Lambeau in week 17 (and probably wild card weekend the following week), the vikings will lose by 4 or more scores. Both times.

    You may want to schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist on January 4th and a follow up appointment on the 11th.

  12. “5. Seahawks (9-5): Seattle is locked into a wild card and doesn’t have much to play for in the last two weeks.”

    Um, keeping the 5 seed is pretty big. Get you a ticket to beat up on the NFC East winner, rather than going to Green Bay. That’s a pretty big deal.

  13. The season will end like this…

    1) Carolina
    2) Arizona
    3) Green Bay
    4) Washington DC
    5) Seattle
    6) Minnesota

    WC – Green Bay will beat Minnesota, Seattle beats Washington

    DIV – Green bay beats Arizona, Seattle beats Carolina

    Conf Champ – Seattle beats Green Bay.

  14. Don’t worry, everyone hates the redskins. All fans, non fans, God. They all hate em. So don’t feel so bad! Just thinking about them makes me want to punch Pierre garcon in the face!

  15. 1. Carolina
    2. Arizona
    3. Minnesota
    4. Washington
    5. Seattle
    6. Green Bay

    Minnesota over Green Bay
    Seattle over Washington

    Seattle over Carolina
    Minnesota over Seattle

    Seattle over Minnesota

  16. 1. Carolina
    2. Arizona
    3. Minnesota
    4. Washington
    5. Seattle
    6. Green Bay

    Minnesota over Green Bay
    Seattle over Washington

    Seattle over Carolina
    Minnesota over Arizona

    Seattle over Minnesota

  17. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Dec 21, 2015 4:00 PM
    The Packers clinched the North weeks ago.
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    Do you realize how stupid your statement is?

  18. The packers can make nfl history if they lose in the first round of the playoffs for 8 straight years! Not good!

    Certain Land O’ Loons fans could make history if they had accurate memories and made intelligent comments! Not likely!

  19. Packers fans are funny. Both philosophically and looking. If Bridgewater plays like he did last week, Green Bay won’t stand a chance and fox will have to change the game to a more competitive game

  20. powersnatch0102 says:
    Dec 21, 2015 4:19 PM
    GB fans do a lot of talking for a team that clearly isnt very dominant.
    ——————————–

    They are dominant when they play MN however. GB is 11-0-1 v MN. Does it get any more dominant in the NFL than that?

  21. Last time I checked Rodgers has a completing % of 0.00. Tell me how the Packers are going to win the North? He played so scared like his big eyes are about to pop out. Their lucky to be in it, but one and done is 100% likely. Lol. It’s fact, like it or not Packers fans.

  22. Always seems to be a big upset in the early rounds. This year I will take Washington to knock off Seattle. Call me crazy. No horse in the race. Just a feeling. You can all message me in 3 weeks and laugh at me, or congratulate me on the pick. Cheers.

  23. Amazing. The Panthers could go 16-0 and the Giants could finish 8-8 and the only difference is that the Giants play an extra game, at home, and then go on the road for two while the Panthers play at home for those two. Doesn’t seem like that big of an advantage for having twice as many wins. And it’s not like the Giants have never won on the road in the playoffs.

    Just sayin’.

  24. The bottom of the NFC North has yet to be decided too. If the Lions win out they send the Bears to the cellar.

  25. dwarftosser says:
    Dec 21, 2015 4:02 PM
    My predictions:

    Green Bay will win out and win the North. Minnesota will beat the Giants and then lose to the Packers. Arizona will lose both of their remaining games to Green Bay and Seattle. It will finish like this:

    1) Carolina
    2) Green Bay
    3) Arizona
    4) Washington DC
    5) Seattle
    6) Minnesota

    WC – Arizona will beat Minnesota, Seattle beats Washington

    DIV – Green bay beats Arizona, Seattle beats Carolina

    Conf Champ – Green Bay beats Seattle at Lambeau.
    ————————————

    Lol. I think you need to send your crystal ball to the dry cleaner.

  26. ariani1985 says:
    Dec 21, 2015 4:30 PM

    The packers can make nfl history if they lose in the first round of the playoffs for 8 straight years! Not good!

    Hey genius, the packers won it all in 2011, so I think they got by the first round. You know what I mean, Superbowl victory. I think that makes 4 Lombardi trophies, 4 more than the Vikings have.

  27. powersnatch0102 says:
    Dec 21, 2015 4:19 PM

    GB fans do a lot of talking for a team that clearly isnt very dominant. Make sense though, there isnt much to do in wisconsin. Take some advice from your role model and RELAX.

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    Role Model………Ed Gein?

  28. Just because the NFC is so weak this year, the vikings will back into the playoffs with the wildcard after losing to the Packers in what viking fans regard as their bi-annual Super Bowl, then lose to the Packers again the following week, thereby extending their NFL-record number of one-and-dones in the post-season, a stat which they are so far ahead of every other team that they will probably never be caught.

    Then, because there’s nothing else to do in that frozen mess of a state, their fans will immediately begin driving the rest of us insane with their guarantees of yet another upcoming championship season, multiple MVP and coaching awards, and what will no doubt be considered the greatest draft ever assembled in the history of the league.

    Can’t wait.

  29. Is it just me or are the Panthers by far the worst 14-0 team in history? They have been so exposed and seem rather lucky then good. I think they are one and done in playoffs.

  30. The Pack will get humiliated in Arizona this week, revealing to the world what intelligent people have been saying for months, the Packers are overrated junk team that lost to the Bears and Lions (should have been twice), and have only beaten 1 team over .500. That team playing the worst game they’d played all year.

    The Vikes beat the teams we’re supposed to, comfortably, and took top contenders to the wire, the latest while missing our 3 best defensive players who will all be returning this week or next.

    1) Carolina
    2) Arizona
    3) Minnesota
    4) Washington DC
    5) Seattle
    6) Greenbay

    WC: Minnesota beats an exposed, aging, over rated Packers, at lambeau for the second week in a row. Seattle wins, but not by as much as some expect.

    Div: Carolina v Seattle will be epic showdown with Carolina squeaking out another win somehow. With the Vikes defense healthy, the Vikes beat the Cards in a nail biter.

    Champ: Vikes can’t find an answer for Cam and the Panther defense. Carolina by 7.

    SB: Brady shows why he’s the best and the Pats get another trophy.

  31. The Packers don’t even have to win out to win the division. They just have to beat the Vikings in week 17.

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