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Week 15 NFC playoff picture

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You can catch up on the AFC playoff picture here.

In Need of Help

Green Bay Packers (6-6-1) The Packers got a season-saving win last week but now must try to get at least one more win without Aaron Rodgers to keep pace in the North.

Chicago Bears (7-6) Jay Cutler returns to the starting lineup despite a monster performance from Josh McCown on Monday night against Dallas.  However, due to the head-to-head sweep by Detroit the Bears don't control their destiny in the NFC North.  

Arizona Cardinals (8-5) The Cardinals are back on track but face two issues.  First, they lose the wild card tiebreaker to San Francisco, so Arizona needs to finish ahead of the 49ers in the standings.  Second, they face a brutal stretch that includes a road game against Seattle next week.

Controlling Their Destiny

Dallas Cowboys (7-6) With Philadelphia's fourth quarter comeback and Dallas's Monday night meltdown the Cowboys are now a game behind the Eagles.  The silver lining here is that the Cowboys can win the East if they run the table.

San Francisco 49ers (9-4) With last week's win over Seattle the 49ers still have an outside shot at winning the division.  San Francisco can clinch a playoff birth with a win, an Arizona loss and a loss to either Dallas or Philadelphia.

Carolina Panthers (9-4) Carolina's divisional hopes took a hit last week but the South is still in play.  The Panthers wrap up a playoff spot with a win, a loss to Arizona, a loss to San Francisco and a loss to either Dallas or Philadelphia.

Division Leaders

Detroit Lions (7-6) Detroit lost their one game lead last week but thanks to the head-to-head sweep the Lions still control their own destiny.  The Lions draw Baltimore on Monday night.

Philadelphia Eagles (8-5) With the 28 point 4th quarter last week Philly not only vaulted to the division lead but the #3 seed as well.  Nevertheless, it again looks like the Cowboys-Eagles Week 17 matchup will decide the division.

New Orleans Saints (10-3) New Orleans controls the South but they will face the Panthers on the road next week.  In the meantime the Saints clinch a playoff spot with a win or losses to Arizona and either Dallas or Philadelphia.  New Orleans also clinches with a loss to San Francisco, a loss to either Dallas or Philadelphia and an Arizona tie.

Seattle Seahawks (11-2) Seattle has clinched a playoff birth.  They win the NFC West and a first round bye with a win and a San Francisco loss.  Seattle can nail down homefield advantage throughout with a win, a San Francisco loss and a New Orleans loss.

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