Week 15 NFC Playoff PIcture
In Need Of A Festivus Miracle
Arizona Cardinals (6-7) The Cardinals have played their way into the discussion with a three game winning streak. Arizona has a manageable three week stretch to end the season but there are five non-division leaders ahead of them.
Seattle Seahawks (6-7) Like Arizona the Seahawks are heating up and can help themselves dramatically with a win over Chicago today.
In Need Of Help
New York Giants (7-6) The Giants are a half-game behind Dallas after the Cowboys win last night but a win over Washington today means New York would reclaim the NFC East lead.
Chicago Bears (7-6) Chicago is running out of time after two close losses in back-to-back weeks. What really hurts Chicago is those losses were to common opponents in a tiebreaker with Detroit.
Controlling Their Destiny
Detroit Lions (8-5) Detroit is back on track after last week's win but the Lions have the toughest schedule left of the playoff contenders with Oakland, San Diego and Green Bay remaining. Detroit holds tiebreakers over Chicago and New York if it comes to it.
Atlanta Falcons (9-5) After Thursday's thrashing of Jacksonville the Falcons are sitting pretty and get a long weekend prior to the monster Monday night showdown with New Orleans next week.
Dallas Cowboys (8-6) The 31-15 win over Tampa Bay temporarily puts the Cowboys atop the NFC East. Dallas ends the season with two huge divisional games are both are must-wins if New York wins today.
New Orleans Saints (10-3) The Saints have clinched a playoff spot and now have both a division title and first round bye within their reach. New Orleans loses the conference record tiebreaker to San Francisco at this point.
San Francisco 49ers (10-3) San Fran has clinched the NFC West. Having lost two of their last three the 49ers are almost eliminated from the top seed in the conference.
Green Bay Packers (13-0) The Packers have clinched the NFC North and a first round bye. Green Bay clinches homefield advantage throughout with a win or a San Francisco loss.