Packers lead, Saints and Seahawks still alive, for NFC home-field advantage

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The Packers lead in the race for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, but the race will come down to Week 17.

The race for the No. 1 seed in the NFC will be determined on Sunday among the Packers, Saints and Seahawks, all of whom kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET.

The simple part is the Packers have the best record in the NFC at 12-3, so if they beat the Bears on Sunday, they clinch home-field advantage.

But if the Packers lose to the Bears, the 11-4 Saints and 11-4 Seahawks still have a chance. The Saints would win a three-way tie, so a Packers loss combined with a Saints win and a Seahawks win would give home-field advantage to the Saints.

The Seahawks would win a two-way tie with the Packers, so a Seahawks win, a Packers loss and a Saints loss would give home-field advantage to the Seahawks.

If the Packers, Saints and Seahawks all lose, the Packers get home-field advantage.

The good news for NFL fans is that none of the top teams in the NFC has clinched its playoff seed, so we should expect the best teams to be playing all their starters in Week 17.

7 responses to “Packers lead, Saints and Seahawks still alive, for NFC home-field advantage

  1. Those losses to the Eagles (Saints) and Giants (Seahawks) are starting to loom large….

  2. It’s always an honor for each of these elite football teams to play meaningful games in week 17. In the midst of an otherwise terrible year, the NFL has delivered a masterpiece of a season.

  3. Liberty Biberty says:
    December 28, 2020 at 5:58 am
    Those losses to the Eagles (Saints) and Giants (Seahawks) are starting to loom large….
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    The Saints loss to the Packers is looming even larger.

  4. How do the Saints beat out the packers in a 3 way tie? Head to head match up not count then?

  5. slyder1969 says:
    December 28, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    How do the Saints beat out the packers in a 3 way tie? Head to head match up not count then?

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    No, because the Seahawks didn’t play either of them. That renders head-to-head meaningless in this case. The tiebreaker would be conference record (only 2 of the Saints’ 4 losses coming against NFC teams, while both Green Bay and Seattle would have 3 NFC losses).

  6. “The Saints loss to the Packers is looming even larger.”

    But the loss to the Packers wasnt an upset as they lost to a team was their equal if not even a better team.

  7. Homefield advantage this season is nothing. These are all neutral fields. Aaron Rodgers drew the Saints offsides in the SuperDome twice with his cadence. That can’t happen normally. Teams and their fans shouldn’t get too worked up about home field.

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