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Week 15 NFC Playoff Picture

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In Need Of A Festivus Miracle

San Francisco 49ers (6-7) The 49ers came up big on Monday night against Arizona.  With that win San Francisco is two games behind the Cardinals for the NFC West title and the Niners have the head-to-head tiebreaker.  That may be the most direct path as San Francisco needs to leapfrog over two teams to grab a wild card bid.  The 49ers are at Philadelphia today and get a breather to end the season with games against the Rams and Lions.


In Need Of Help

New York Giants (7-6) With Dallas at 9-5 and the Packers at 9-4 this is pretty much a mus-win week for New York.  The Giants play Washington tomorrow night and if the Packers win, a Giants loss clinches a wild card birth for Green Bay.  New York can still win the NFC East but a Philadelphia win today coupled with a Giants loss will eliminate New York from division contention.  Like I said, it's a must-win week.


Controlling Their Destiny

Dallas Cowboys (9-5) Dallas gets to rest easy today after the 24-17 win over New Orleans.  Cowboys fans will watch that 49ers-Eagles game intently as a Philadelphia loss will catapult Dallas to first place in the division.

Green Bay Packers (9-4) It's hard to believe that after the Tampa Bay loss the 4-4 Packers would be in position to control their own destiny.  But a five game winning streak has helped to eliminate virtually the rest of the NFC.  The Packers still have a shot at winning the division but that would require a total collapse by the Vikings.


Division Leaders

Arizona Cardinals (8-5) The door is open for the Cardinals to lose their lead in the NFC West but for now Arizona has a two game cushion over San Francisco.  So, the Cardinals can clinch the West with a win over Detroit and a San Francisco loss to Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Eagles (9-4) Thanks to four wins in a row the Eagles have claimed first place in the NFC East but Philly holds only a half game lead in the East with plenty of football to play.

Minnesota Vikings (11-2) The Vikings have clinched a playoff spot so the question now is when and if the Vikings will clinch the North.  Minnesota clinches the division with a win or a Packers loss.  The Vikings can also clinch a first round bye with a win and a Philadelphia loss or tie.

New Orleans Saints (13-1) New Orleans has clinched the NFC South and first round bye.  However, the Saints don't have the number one seed locked up just yet.  If the Vikings beat Carolina tonight the Saints will hold a one game lead for the top seed.

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