Week 14 NFC Playoff Picture
In Need Of A Festivus Miracle
San Francisco 49ers (5-7) Last week's loss to Seattle put the 49ers on the brink of elimination. San Francisco still has a shot at both the wild card and the division but a loss to Arizona Monday night will end any hope of the playoffs.
Atlanta Falcons (6-6) The Falcons appear to be running out of gas as once again Matt Ryan and Michael Turner will be inactive. It looks like the Falcons will not have the weapons to keep up with New Orleans and defensively Atlanta has fallen off the face of the planet. The Falcons are in must-win mode for the rest of the year.
In Need of Help
New York Giants (7-5) The win over Dallas last week was a lifesaver for the G Men as New York is now a game out of both a wild card birth and the NFC East lead. But it doesn't get easy for the Giants as they face Philadelphia tonight and then Washington on the road next week. However, if the Giants win both they'll be 5-1 in the division, giving them the tiebreaker over both Dallas and Philadelphia.
Controlling Their Destiny
Philadelphia Eagles (8-4) The Eagles have won three in a row and are tied with Dallas for the NFC East lead. But the remainder of the schedule is brutal with the road game against the Giants tonight followed by home games against San Francisco and Denver. Right now the Eagles must focus on the Giants to keep pace in the East.
Green Bay Packers (8-4) Two conference wins could be enough to put the Packers in the playoffs so it starts today with a win over Chicago. Should the Packers end up in a three way tie with two NFC East teams the Packers would get in based on the NFL's tiebreaking procedure for three or more teams in the wild card race.
Dallas Cowboys (8-4) Once again people are questioning if Dallas has the "onions" to survive December. The Cowboys face a gut check with a home game against San Diego followed by a Saturday road date against New Orleans. You get the sense a lot will be riding on the Week 17 game against Philadelphia at home.
Arizona Cardinals (8-4) The Cardinals can clinch the NFC West with a win over San Francisco tomorrow night. Arizona will need some help to grab a first round bye but last week's win over Minnesota gave the Cardinals a big boost.
Minnesota Vikings (10-2) A win and a Green Bay loss gives the division to Minnesota.
New Orleans Saints (12-0) The Saints have clinched the NFC South.