The current NFC playoff picture

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We’ve looked at the current AFC picture, so now we’ll look at the current NFC playoff picture.

As with the AFC, this isn’t completely and totally comprehensive with every possible permutation, but it’s close enough for now. Next week, we’ll outline every remaining scenario for the NFC.

Seahawks (11-3): The Seahawks have clinched a playoff berth. They’ll win the NFC West with a win over the 49ers in Week 17. The Seahawks will be the No. 1 seed with two wins (vs. Cardinals, vs. 49ers) and either one Saints loss or two Packers wins.

Packers (11-3): The Packers have clinched a playoff berth. They’ll win the NFC North with one win (at Vikings, at Lions). The Packers earn a bye with two wins. They can secure the No. 1 seed with one 49ers loss, one Seahawks loss, and two wins.

Saints (11-3): The Saints have won the NFC South. With two wins (at Titans, at Panthers) and one Packers loss plus one 49ers loss or two Seahawks wins, the Saints would secure the No. 1 seed.

49ers (11-3): The 49ers have clinched a playoff berth. With two wins (vs. Rams, at Seahawks), the 49ers would seal the NFC West and the No. 1 seed. If the 49ers lose to the Rams and the Seahawks beat the Cardinals, the 49ers would win the NFC West if they secure the strength of victory tiebreaker, which currently favors the 49ers.

Cowboys (7-7): The Cowboys win the NFC East with a win over the Eagles. If they lose to the Eagles but beat Washington in Week 17 and the Eagles lose to the Giants in Week 17, the Cowboys win the division.

Vikings (10-4): The Vikings need one win (vs. Packers, vs. Bears) or one Rams loss (at 49ers, vs. Cardinals) to secure a playoff berth. The Vikings win the NFC North with two wins and two Green Bay losses. A bye remains possible.

Rams (8-6): The Rams secure a playoff berth if win their last two games (at 49ers, vs. Cardinals) and the Vikings lose twice.

Eagles (7-7): The Eagles win the NFC East with a win over the Cowboys plus a win over the Giants or a Cowboys loss to Washington.

86 responses to “The current NFC playoff picture

  1. Team everyone wants to play in the playoffs: The Packers…it’s close to having an additional bye week.

  2. So as a Seahawks fan I have to root for the Packers next week? Yuck.

    It might difficult for GB, I hear K. Cousins is really tough to beat on Monday Night Football.

  3. Alan Light says:
    December 16, 2019 at 11:22 pm
    Team everyone wants to play in the playoffs: The Packers…it’s close to having an additional bye week.
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    The refs ensure strange things happen in GB.

  4. Packers will get murder by the Vikings on Monday night and than lose again in the wild card. Bye bye Packers. Lol
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    Should be a good matchup! I hope Cook is healthy so Vikings fans can only blame the refs if they do in fact lose. Good luck 😉
    Go Pack Go!

  5. If the 49ers lose to the Rams and the Seahawks beat the Cardinals, the 49ers would win the NFC West if they secure the strength of victory tiebreaker, which currently favors the 49ers.
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    This makes no sense, if the 49ers lose to the rams and hawks beat the Cardinals…they still have to beat the hawks in wk 17 but that’s not a given. Like everyone is saying…in the tournament it’s not really where the game is played but when it’s played. The bye is going to be HUGE! Every team is beat up right now and could really use the extra week of rest, and have the other teams have to battle and come in to that next game even more beat up.

  6. The Packers still living rent-free in the head of Vikings fan. I guess he wants to discuss a team that actually has clinched a playoff spot unlike his little Vikings who are still hoping to get in.

    Thanks for guaranteeing the Vikings will win on Monday Night. That worked so well for you in week 2.👌

    Toodle loo👋

  7. Team everyone wants to play in the playoffs: The Packers…it’s close to having an additional bye week.

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    As an Eagles fan, I respectfully disagree; it’s Philly that everyone wants.

  8. Pretty cool to finally see a media site get San Franciscos path to the division correct. For the division, the games vs Atlanta and Los Angeles were/are almost meaningless. It’s all about week 17 because of tie breakers. Granted, I think we will lose that game but still lol.

  9. The league office wants the Packers to have as many home games as possible in the playoffs.

  10. The Vikings/Packers winner will be decided by whether the refs are still calling OPI or, if that was just an early season ” let’s show them what we are focusing on calling this season” rule. See game 2 Vikings/Packers for a reference. Twice!

  11. “The Packers should be 7-7 at best!”

    Please. The Packer and Viking schedules are nearly identical, including home and away. Viking fans think the Vikings are superior to the Packers, which would make the Packer schedule “more difficult” than theirs. The Packers played Panthers at home, Vikings played Atlanta. The Packers played the 49ers on the road, the Vikings played Seattle. All other games on the schedules are the same, as in identical.

    The whole “The referees favor the Packers….It’s a conspiracy…….the NFL wants Rodgers…….blah, blah, blah,” is boring. What a bunch of whiny crybabies. If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch. One last thing to think about:

    Scoreboard.

  12. Packers will get murder by the Vikings on Monday night and than lose again in the wild card. Bye bye Packers. Lol
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    Last week you said this:

    “Bears will win this game, 24-13. Packers won’t make the playoffs either.”

    So maybe prognostication isn’t your bag. I do love that any article mentioning the Packers brings you guys out like moths to a flame though.

  13. Packers are easy to beat, double cover on Adam and they’re done. High power offense like the Vikings will embarrass Packers on Monday night.

  14. Packers are easy to beat, double cover on Adam and they’re done
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    Interesting considering our win/loss record when Adams was hurt

  15. Simms: “If Cook is out then it’s over for your Vikings”

    Florio: “Well, I think they shut him down and hope for the #6 seed and take it from there”

    Too funny😌

  16. fivechampionships says:
    December 17, 2019 at 8:53 am
    The Patriots wouldn’t make the playoffs if they played in the NFC.

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    Yeah right! They are 4-0 against NFC teams this year, granted it is NFC East.

    BB tries to build his team to win the AFC. NE’s defense was set up was to stop the Chiefs and then the Ravens completely changed their offense this season. Had BB been coaching in NFC he would have built the team differently.

  17. “The whole “The referees favor the Packers….It’s a conspiracy…….the NFL wants Rodgers…….blah, blah, blah,” is boring.”

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    No it’s not. It’s a narrative the league won’t open for obvious reasons, but it’s obvious none the less.

    -Tainted Score Board

  18. The Packers do have an easier schedule, as they play the Vikings twice, while the Vikings have to play the NFC North leading Packers twice.

    Let’s play a game: Name a team with a winning record that the Vikings have beaten this year.

    I’ll wait.

  19. The way it is the Vikings would go to the Saints.. not a nice thought.
    But I hope they keep Waynes and ditch Rhodes, he has been a headache the last 2 years and will want crazy money.. by cap hit, We all no Zim and Rick will pick a corner at #1

  20. It’s a narrative the league won’t open for obvious reasons, but it’s obvious none the less.
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    Only for haters looking for it. I see bad calls during every game without exception but I chalk it up to human error, not some vast conspiracy. The NFL is worth far too much to ever be tainted at such a high level. It’s idiotic, but at this point, it’s taken on such a life (mainly due to Viking trolls) that every semi-questionable call that goes in the Packers favor is added to the evidence pile. Even when the Packers are penalized more than the opponent it happens. What’s really happening is that certain fans are setting up a built in excuse for when/if the Packers best their team or go further in the playoffs. They’re covering their butts because they talked sooooo much all year long and now look silly.

  21. pkrlvr says:
    December 17, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Packers are easy to beat, double cover on Adam and they’re done
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    Interesting considering our win/loss record when Adams was hurt

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    10/6 Cowboys Ranked 7th Defense
    10/14 Lions Ranked 31st Defense
    10/20 Raiders Ranked 22nd Defense
    10/27 Chiefs Ranked 18th Defense

    Um yeah considering the game he missed in all of October and the Packers only faced one top 10 defense……lol

  22. With Cook probably out for the season, Thielen back to his former “3 catches for 25 yards” glory, and Diggs probably worn out from celebrating 10 yard catches, the Vikings won’t win another game, in the regular season or the playoffs (if they get there).

  23. tokyosandblaster says:
    December 17, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Let’s play a game: Name a team with a winning record that the Vikings have beaten this year.
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    Ask me again next week. I’ll be able to name two.

  24. Seattle will beat them all and go to the Super Bowl
    I don’t want to see it, that’s not who I’m rooting for, but they’re the team to beat.

  25. allsyntax says:
    December 17, 2019 at 9:30 am
    The Cowboys going to make waves this postseason.
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    Maybe waves in a kiddie pool.

  26. “Let’s play a game: Name a team with a winning record that the Vikings have beaten this year.”

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    “Sure all agree that .500 or better is not a losing record.

    Eagles. They were 3-3 before the Vikes beat them following the Eagles two game win streak that included beating the Packers.

    Cowboys: They were 5-4, also on a two game win streak before the Vikings beat them.

    -I Win You Lose

  27. Saints are going to dominate the playoffs and the road will once again run through the Superdome.

  28. “With Cook probably out for the season, Thielen back to his former “3 catches for 25 yards” glory, and Diggs probably worn out from celebrating 10 yard catches, the Vikings won’t win another game, in the regular season or the playoffs (if they get there).”

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    In any or all of those scenarios Vikings still make playoffs.

  29. tokyosandblaster says:
    December 17, 2019 at 11:40 am

    With Cook probably out for the season, Thielen back to his former “3 catches for 25 yards” glory, and Diggs probably worn out from celebrating 10 yard catches, the Vikings won’t win another game, in the regular season or the playoffs (if they get there).
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    Packer Rubes so misinformed again

    There is not any indication as of now that Cook is out for the year, nor an update on his injury. This another instance of hoping wishing and praying. If he does miss Monday night Mattison and Boone are more than capable along with CJ Ham.

    Thielen – he was on basically on a pitch count in that game and by the middle of the 3rd quarter there was no reason to throw the ball. Unlike Green Bay, Vikings have a solid running game to finish off a lead and win a game. Save for the play offs.

    Digss I believe leads the league in TD catches of 40 yards or more.

    If the Vikings get there? Man are you on Dope? The 9ers take care of the Rams and the Vikings are in. According to FPI Vikings have a 91% chance of making the play offs. 68% chance of beating Green Bay Monday night.

    Hoping, wishing and praying…..lol The Vikings will be the Grinch that stole Christmas Monday night. Cook may not even play if the 6th seed is sewn up.

  30. So much Vikings/Packers talk. As a Vikings fan I of course hate the Packers, but that’s beside the point. Neither team has shown the juice to beat San Fran, Seattle or New Orleans this year. They just aren’t in the same class when you look at their offensive and defensive production against good teams. Both teams will be watching from home on NFCC weekend.

  31. “With Cook probably out for the season, Thielen back to his former “3 catches for 25 yards” glory, and Diggs probably worn out from celebrating 10 yard catches, the Vikings won’t win another game, in the regular season or the playoffs (if they get there).”
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    In any or all of those scenarios Vikings still make playoffs.
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    It’s all the same scenario. The one we live in called “real life”

    And, while likely, going into week 16 of the 2019 NFL Season, the Vikings still don’t know if their 84 Million Dollar QB can get them to the playoffs during his 3 year contract.

    Whoops!

  32. fartweasel says:
    December 17, 2019 at 12:13 pm
    So much Vikings/Packers talk. As a Vikings fan I of course hate the Packers, but that’s beside the point. Neither team has shown the juice to beat San Fran, Seattle or New Orleans this year. They just aren’t in the same class when you look at their offensive and defensive production against good teams. Both teams will be watching from home on NFCC weekend.

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    To have some real talk for a second, I honestly believe–more than any other season–that who ever has the home games will be the winners this year. Everyone has been incredibly tough at home. The Packers were a tipped pass away from being 8-0 at home. No one wants to play at Seattle, at San Fran, or at New Orleans, either. There’s no rip on the Vikings here. While I can hope that the Packers can win on the road in the playoffs, IMHO whoever has the #1 seed will represent the NFC this year.

  33. Alan Light says:
    December 16, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Team everyone wants to play in the playoffs: The Packers…it’s close to having an additional bye week.

    It would be if they didn’t cheat

  34. I absolutely LOVE!!! that people in the media and elsewhere are doubting the Packers.

    The team will only thrive off of this and fueling them is exactly what I want!

    During training camp I saw nothing but doubt outside of Wisconsin. The narrative was that the Packers were not going to have a successful season. I said: BET AGAINST THEM PLEASE, I DARE YOU.

    You can cut on the Packers all you want and it means absolutely nothing to the reality of the situation.

    Today I say it again: PLEASE do bet against them, I DARE YOU!

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackersNation!

  35. fivechampionships says:
    December 17, 2019 at 8:53 am
    The Patriots wouldn’t make the playoffs if they played in the NFC.
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    Sure, that’s what they were saying last year too…guess who won it all, again?
    6 Championships > than 5.

  36. Wow just all this talk by all teams is just laughable.

    So who have the Vikings beaten that is currently above .500? Or are we back to when they played them? Its just a dumb stat really…whats more important is when you play the team. I could argue for the Vikings that half of their losses came when they still were trying to find an identity…after the Bears game they realized they can’t run the ball 85% of the time…they actually need a passing attack…then they became more dangerous. At that time our defense was still considered elite. Now? Who knows what the Vikings defense is.

    For the Packers they started out with a very strong defense and a very inconsistent offense. Now after their identity was more established they are a solid all around team that capitalizes off of turnovers. They aren’t a Top 10 offense…they aren’t a Top 10 defense…but they cause turnovers…something the Bears did last year to a division championship. They have gotten breaks but all teams do…the Packers capitalized on those breaks.

    Now what will happen on Monday night? I think the Vikings will win because I think the Vikings match up better against Green Bay then they do other teams like the Saints and Cowboys. Why? Because the Saints and Cowboys have downfield passing attacks. In order for Green Bay to win they need to look at the Seattle attack and feature Aaron Jones…if Jones runs for over 100 yards the Packers probably win. If the Vikings pass protect…the Vikings probably win.

  37. The Vikings have one playoff win this decade. It took a miracle to get that one.

    Their team, if anything, is worse than that team, while the other teams in the playoffs will be much better. They’ll be going on the road for the playoffs, and on the road this year, they are 4-4. Let’s dive into that .500 road record a bit, shall we?

    In those 4 wins, the opposing teams have a combined record of 16-39-1. In their 4 losses, the teams have a combined record of 39-17.

    If you had to guess, will the playoffs be filled with teams with losing records, or winning records?

  38. fartweasel says:

    So much Vikings/Packers talk. As a Vikings fan I of course hate the Packers, but that’s beside the point. Neither team has shown the juice to beat San Fran, Seattle or New Orleans this year. They just aren’t in the same class when you look at their offensive and defensive production against good teams. Both teams will be watching from home on NFCC weekend.

    ____________________________

    As a Packer fan, I concur with this sentiment.

  39. The NFC Least will send a team for a beat down on their home turf on wild card weekend. Cowboys fans – please stop proclaiming they’re going to make some noise. Heck, I’m thinking they’re going to struggle to beat a hapless Eagles team on road this week. Just get done with the season and move on from Red J and I’ll become a happier camper.

  40. It’s amazing to see Seattle with a shot at a #1 seed, or a 1st round bye. They’ve had a couple lucky wins, but what team doesn’t after 15 weeks. This team really isn’t that good…and shows that Wilson should be the MVP this year. Without Wilson Seattle would be 5-10 at best right now.

  41. If the Vikings don’t beat the Packers by 14 TDs this Monday, the refs helped the Packers. That’s how much better the Vikings are than every other team in history. 14 TDs better than every other team. You know it and I know it and the NFL knows it that’s why they have to cheat.

  42. gohawks7 says:
    December 17, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Sorry….but Cousins is not winning in prime time, especially on a Monday. No way…no how.

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    And when he does then what?

  43. slimeglynn says:

    HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!

    COWBOYS VS RAVENS SB54
    ——————————

    …And then you woke up.

  44. gohawks7 says:
    December 17, 2019 at 2:44 pm
    Sorry….but Cousins is not winning in prime time, especially on a Monday. No way…no how.
    ///////
    Why? Because he spent years on a bad Redskins team?

    Break down some X’s and O’s and tell us why.

  45. freefromwhatyouare says:
    December 17, 2019 at 2:13 pm
    I absolutely LOVE!!! that people in the media and elsewhere are doubting the Packers.

    The team will only thrive off of this and fueling them is exactly what I want!
    ////////
    That’s really not how it works at this level. This isn’t a rah rah college team that thinks they can will themselves to victory.

    Is there a place to bet against the Packers to win it all? I’d be willing to put $10k down on that bet.

  46. People saying that Cousins isn’t beating the packers because it’s prime time on MNF, must have forgotten the game last year when Cousins beat the packers in prime time on SNF.

  47. shlort says:
    December 17, 2019 at 6:25 am
    It would be awesome if the Vikings lose out and the rams win out

    @@@@@@@@222

    It would be awesome if the Packers lose out and the Vikings win out

  48. endtimesparty says:
    December 17, 2019 at 4:40 pm
    Will there be refs at Packers-Vikings?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Yup! Paid-in-full! Courtesy of……..me!

  49. conormacleod says:
    December 17, 2019 at 4:17 pm
    gohawks7 says:
    December 17, 2019 at 2:44 pm
    Sorry….but Cousins is not winning in prime time, especially on a Monday. No way…no how.
    ///////
    Why? Because he spent years on a bad Redskins team?

    Break down some X’s and O’s and tell us why.

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    He’s 0-8 on Monday…only twice putting up more than 20 pts.

    2-5 on Thursday…only 3 times scoring more than 20 pts.

    He’s 7-14 overall at night. Which means he’s actually a decent 5-1 on Sunday night. But that’s Sunday…not Monday.

  50. Bottom line: The Packers won’t have to stack the box in any way Monday night. They can flood passing lanes and pressure Cousins into beating them. On Monday night, when he’ll be feeling the pressure of his contract pressing down upon him. With only one working receiver. And no real running backs. And a defense that has a terrible secondary.

  51. freefromwhatyouare says:
    December 17, 2019 at 7:30 am
    The Packers still living rent-free in the head of Vikings fan. I guess he wants to discuss a team that actually has clinched a playoff spot unlike his little Vikings who are still hoping to get in

    @@@@@@@@@@@222

    “The packers are living rent free in the head of Vikings fan”

    But yet here you are posting three times talking about the Vikings, lol

    Toodle loo😂

  52. gohawks7 says:
    December 17, 2019 at 5:34 pm
    conormacleod says:
    December 17, 2019 at 4:17 pm
    gohawks7 says:
    December 17, 2019 at 2:44 pm
    Sorry….but Cousins is not winning in prime time, especially on a Monday. No way…no how.
    ///////
    Why? Because he spent years on a bad Redskins team?

    Break down some X’s and O’s and tell us why.

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    He’s 0-8 on Monday…only twice putting up more than 20 pts.

    2-5 on Thursday…only 3 times scoring more than 20 pts.

    He’s 7-14 overall at night. Which means he’s actually a decent 5-1 on Sunday night. But that’s Sunday…not Monday

    @@@@@@@@@222

    Do you really read what you write. Do you really think a day matters? You are one of those guys that wears the same clothes and sits in the same chair when the hawks play. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. You cannot help your team win with superstitions. The Vikings will win Monday night. Then what are you going to come up with? A hawk fan hating on the Vikings. Still mad about the Percy trade I guess.

  53. As a Viking fan I could careless. Just get in the playoffs and go from there. NFC playoffs across the board will be competitive. Nobody knows who’s team is better. We’ve seen time and time again that home field doesn’t guarantee anything.

  54. For those that care; the strength of schedule (sos) currently favors SF over the Seahawks by 2. If the Seahawks win & SF loses this week, the Seahawks still need to beat SF in final game to win NFC West Division, unless the SOS changes. Seahawk fans will want the Vikings, Eagles & Falcons (22 wins) to win 2 more games than the Packers, Redskins, & Saints (24 wins). With the Eagles vs Packers obviously a big game in the equation.

    If the sos changes in the Seahawk’s favor, that final game may not be critical to the Seahawks winning the Division. SF does not have the same deal as a loss by Seahawks this week means nothing to them. They have to win week 17 or it’s wildcard weekend for them as they lose the tiebreaker.

  55. hawks7 you beat the Vikings 37-30 and the refs gave you a INT and field position in the red zone you didn’t deserve. I wouldn’t be squawking here how the Vikings with Cousins can’t beat the Hawks,Niners or Saints.

  56. h0metownzero says:
    December 17, 2019 at 12:27 pm
    I enjoy the view of the peasants down below us in the standings. It’s extremely humbling to be 13-3.
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    The best team in the league (in terms of record) is 12-2.

  57. Quick Question:
    If you had 2 minutes in the SB, 1 timeout down 4, which QB do you take with any weapons:
    Russell Wilson, Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, Deshaun Watson, Drew Brees, Jimmy Garoppolo, Aaron Rodgers, Dak Prescott, or Kirk Cousins?
    I would take Wilson, Rodgers (have you seen his Hail Marys?), or Brady.

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