Week 14 NFC playoff picture
In Need Of A Festivus Miracle
New York Giants (5-7) With a strong NFC wild card field the only path to the postseason for the Giants is a division title. New York kept their hopes alive with a win over Washington and at this point every game is a must win due to a weak divisional record.
Green Bay Packers (5-6-1) The Packers are in the same boat as the Giants after a winless November. The schedule is manageable but the question for at least this week is can the Packers notch one win without Aaron Rodgers?
In Need Of Help
Chicago Bears (6-6) Despite last week's loss to Minnesota the Bears are still very much alive for the NFC North title but they lose the head-to-head tiebreaker to the Lions. Thus, the Bears must do more than make up the one game deficit.
Arizona Cardinals (7-5) The Cardinals finally cooled off in a loss to Philadelphia last week. While Arizona is in the wild card discussion they currently lose out on the tiebreaker to San Francisco. Divisional games, like this week's matchup against the Rams, come at a premium.
Philadelphia Eagles (7-5) The Eagles are heating up having won four in a row and while it looks like the NFC East will be decided in Week 17 again Philly has to keep pace with Dallas. This week's contest versus Detroit carries a lot of weight.
Controlling Their Destiny
San Francisco 49ers (8-4) The division race is just about over but the 49ers are in a good spot to be a wild card team. After today's monster matchup with Seattle the 49ers have an easy slate with Tampa Bay and Atlanta.
Carolina Panthers (9-3) Carolina keeps winning. Thanks to the eight game winning streak the Panthers are now tied with New Orleans and can seize the division lead with a road win over the Saints tonight. At the very least the Panthers can clinch a playoff spot with a win and losses to Arizona, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Dallas.
Dallas Cowboys (7-5) Dallas gets a long layover to begin December and they open with a crucial Monday night showdown against the Bears. The real key will be the final two weeks when the Cowboys have divisional matchups against Washington and Philadelphia.
Detroit Lions (7-5) After the Thanksgiving thrashing against Green Bay the Lions are firmly in control in the NFC North but do they have what it takes to close out the season?
New Orleans Saints (9-3) How will the Saints bounce back after the embarrassing loss to Seattle? They face a stiff Sunday night test at home against Carolina with the winner taking over the division. New Orleans can clinch a playoff spot with a win and losses from Arizona, Philadelphia and Dallas.
Seattle Seahawks (11-1) Seattle has already wrapped up a playoff spot now they can win the West and a first round bye with a win today.