With all six teams locked into the bracket, the NFC playoffs are set. It took the final game of the NFL regular season, but the Vikings were crowned NFC North champions on Sunday Night Football.
For their hard work, the Vikings receive little reward. Yes, they will host a playoff game on Sunday, but they welcome the red-hot Seattle Seahawks to town. Seattle went into Minnesota the first week of December and beat the Vikings 38-7.
After all that, why does it seem like nobody respects the Panthers? Carolina has the NFL MVP in Cam Newton, and a shutdown corner in Josh Norman on the outside. The Panthers are healthy, and free from the unwanted stress that an undefeated season brings.
Here’s the final NFC bracket:
Note: In the Divisional Playoffs, the division champion with the best record in each conference will host the lowest seeded Wild Card survivor
Wild Card Round
Sunday, January 10
Seattle at Minnesota, 1:05 p.m. Eastern on NBC
Green Bay at Washington, 4:40 p.m. Eastern on FOX
Saturday, January 16 – Wild Card winner at Arizona, 8:15 p.m. Eastern on FOX
Sunday, January 17 – Wild Card winner at Carolina, 1:05 p.m. Eastern on FOX
Sunday, January 24
6:40 p.m. Eastern on FOX
Super Bowl 50
Sunday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. on CBS