Week 17 NFC Playoff Picture
In Need Of A Festivus Miracle
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-6) The fact that Tampa Bay has made it this far speaks volumes of the job done by one of the worst teams from 2009. Nevertheless, for Tampa Bay to make the postseason the Buccaneers need to beat New Orleans on the road and need losses from both Green Bay and New York.
In Need Of Help
New York Giants (9-6) After last week's 45-17 thrashing at the hands of the Packers the Giants have gone from controlling their destiny to in need of help. The Giants are on the road against Washington and need a win and a Packers loss to be a wild card team.
Seattle Seahawks (6-9) Could the Seahawks become the first team with a losing record to make the NFL playoffs? Seattle plays St. Louis tonight with the winner clinching the NFC West and hosting a playoff game next weekend. In Week 4 the Rams beat the Seahawks 20-3.
Controlling Their Own Destiny
Green Bay Packers (9-6) A win over Chicago and the Packers will be in the playoffs. The Packers can also clinch a wild card birth with losses to both New York and Tampa Bay.
New Orleans Saints (11-4) The Saints have clinched a playoff birth but can win the South with a win and an Atlanta loss.
St. Louis Rams (7-8) As mentioned above the Rams play at Seattle in a winner-take-all match. An 8-8 team has made the playoffs before and with Sam Bradford at quarterback a Rams division title would be much more tolerable for the NFL.
Philadelphia Eagles (10-5) Philadelphia has clinched the NFC East and the #3 seed in the playoffs.
Chicago Bears (11-4) Chicago has won the NFC North and has a first round bye, For the Bears to get the #1 seed and homefield advantage throughout Chicago needs a win and losses to Atlanta and New Orleans.
Atlanta Falcons (12-3) Despite having the NFC's best record the Falcons have only secured a playoff birth. A win or a New Orleans loss clinches the South while a win or losses to both Chicago and New Orleans clinches homefield advantage for the Falcons.