Updated NFC Playoff Picture 2014

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At the beginning Week 16, nine NFC teams had an opportunity to make the postseason. The New Orleans Saints were eliminated from playoff contention with a 30-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

After Sunday’s Week 16 1 p.m. games, here is the NFC’s updated playoff picture:


The Division Leaders:

1. Seattle Seahawks — 11-4 (Clinched playoff berth, defeated ARZ 35-6)
2. Detroit Lions — 11-4 (Clinched playoff berth, defeated CHI 20-14)
3. Dallas Cowboys — 11-4 (Clinched NFC East)
4. Carolina Panthers — 6-8-1 — (Defeated CLE 17-13, play @ATL next week and winner wins the NFC South)

The Wild Card Contenders:

5. Green Bay Packers — 11-4 — (Clinched playoff berth, defeated TB 20-3, host DET next week and winner wins NFC North)
6. Arizona Cardinals — 11-4 — (Clinched playoff berth, lost to SEA 35-6)

On the Outside Looking In:

7. Atlanta Falcons — 6-9 (Defeated NO 30-14, Host CAR next week and win NFC South with win)

Notes:

If the Seahawks defeat the Rams next weekend, they will win the NFC West and earn the NFC’s No. 1 seed throughout the postseason if Dallas loses.

The winner of the Lions vs. Packers game next weekend wins the NFC North and earns a 1st-round bye in the postseason.


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