NFC Playoff Picture Week 17: Seeding, Scenarios & Tiebreakers

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Teddy Bridgewater and the Vikings are one win from a division title. (Getty)

All six teams are locked in, and we’re almost ready for playoff football.

Only two things can change in the NFC playoff bracket before it is complete. The winner of Vikings-Packers will claim the NFC North, and the Panthers and Cardinals are still competing for home-field advantage. Carolina suffered their first loss of the season last week against Atlanta, and they only need to defeat Tampa Bay today to clinch the top seed.

Would you rather host Seattle, or visit Washington? That’s the dilemma the Vikings and Packers face before the final game of the regular season today. Russel Wilson and the Seahawks are a tough matchup, especially when Marshawn Lynch returns to the backfield next week. But Washington has been hot at home, where Kirk Cousins has 10 TD passes and zero interceptions in his last four starts.

Here are the full standings and clinch scenarios:

NFC Seeding

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The Panthers are no longer unbeaten, but can lock down home-field advantage by beating the Buccaneers today. (Getty)

The Division Leaders:

1. Carolina Panthers — 14-1 — Clinched NFC South & First Round Bye
2. Arizona Cardinals — 13-2 — Clinched NFC West & First Round Bye
3. Green Bay Packers — 10-5 — Clinched Playoff Berth
4. Washington Redskins — 8-7 — Clinched NFC East

The Wild Card Contenders:

5. Seattle Seahawks — 9-6
6. Minnesota Vikings — 10-5

Clinching Scenarios:

– Carolina can clinch home-field advantage with win OR Arizona loss

– Arizona can clinch home-field advantage with win and Carolina loss

– Winner of Green Bay-Minnesota clinches NFC North

Potential Wild Card Matchups:

Seahawks at Packers

Vikings at Redskins


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