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Breaking Down the 2012 NFC Playoff Picture After 15 Weeks

Here is the current playoff picture for the NFC heading into this weekend’s games.

  1. Atlanta Falcons 12-2
  2. San Francisco 49ers 10-3-1
  3. Green Bay Packers 10-4
  4. Washington Redskins 8-6
  5. Seattle Seahawks 9-5
  6. Minnesota Vikings 8-6
  7. Chicago Bears 8-6
  8. Dallas Cowboys 8-6
  9. New York Giants 8-6
  10. St. Louis Rams 6-7-1

The Atlanta Falcons only need one win over the last two games to clinch the #1 seed in the NFC. They play the Lions this week and the Buccaneers in Week 17, so odds are Atlanta will be playing at home in the playoffs. The San Francisco 49ers are a half-game ahead of the Packers and will look to win out and solidify the number two spot in the NFC. One more win will give San Francisco the division, but this is a team that is surely hoping for home field.

The Green Bay Packers have won the NFC North and are playing with the potential to nab the number 2 seed from San Francisco. The Washington Redskins have risen from their early-season ashes to gain the lead in the highly contentious NFC East. The Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, and New York Giants all sit at 8-6, creating a rather crazy situation. Washington takes on Dallas on the season finale and if both teams win in Week 16, their Sunday Night matchup will decide the division. The Giants don’t own a tiebreaker over either divisional foe but are still guaranteed a playoff berth by winning out. Even if they win out, though, the Giants need help to lock up the NFC East.

The Minnesota Vikings are still alive in the playoff race but aren’t looking at very good odds. Even if Minnesota wins at Houston and against the Packers over the last two weeks, they still need help to get in. The Packers may be playing a pointless game in Week 17, but a Minnesota victory over the Texans doesn’t seem overly likely. The Vikings and Chicago Bears are likely battling for the 6th playoff seed assuming that the Seattle Seahawks can lock up the number 6 spot. 


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