NFC playoff picture set; Packers to play Jan. 15
Next game: January 15th in NFC divisional playoff against TBA opponent
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GREEN BAY - After the Packers' hair-raising 45-41 win over the Detroit Lions Sunday at Lambeau Field, we're a lot closer to knowing the NFC playoff picture, and who the Packers acould be most likely to play.
NFC No. 1 seed: Green Bay Packers (15-1)
The road to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis goes through Lambeau Field, as the Packers became the fifth team in NFL history go to 15-1.
NFC playoffs at a glance
(6) Detroit at (3) New Orleans, Sat. Jan. 7 at 7:15 p.m. on TODAY'S TMJ4
(5) Atlanta at (4) N.Y. Giants, Sun. Jan 8 at 12:00 p.m.
NFC Divisional playoffs
Atlanta, New Orleans or N.Y. Giants at San Francisco, Sat., Jan. 14 at 3:30 p.m.
Atlanta, Detroit or N.Y. Giants at Green Bay, Sun., Jan. 14, coverage at 1:00 p.m. on Newsradio 620 WTMJ
The Packers will host a divisional playoff game on Jan. 15, facing the New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons or Detroit Lions.
If they win that game, they host the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 22 against the winner of the other NFC divisional playoff.
NFC No. 2 seed: San Francisco 49ers (13-3)
The 49ers finally clinched a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs with a win over the St. Louis Rams, 34-27. They owned the tiebreaker on New Orleans.
They also get a first round bye and will host a divisional playoff game on Jan. 14, facing the Saints, Giants or Falcons.
If they win that game, they host the NFC Championship game on Jan. 22 if the Packers lose their first playoff game, or they travel to Green Bay to decide the NFC's representative in the Super Bowl.
NFC No. 3 seed: New Orleans Saints (13-3)
The Saints get the third seed, falling by a tiebreaker to San Francisco for the second seed and a first-round bye.
The Saints will host the Detroit Lions in a wildcard game on Jan. 7.
New Orleans would move on to face the 49ers in San Francisco in the divisional playoffs if they win the wildcard game.
The NFC's No. 4 seed: New York Giants (both 9-7).
The Giants won the NFC East after a winner-take-all 31-14 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. They will host a wildcard game on Jan. 8 against Atlanta.
The team the Giants would play in a divisional playoff would be determined by the winner of the Detroit-New Orleans game.
If that other wildcard winner is the Saints, theGiants would go to Green Bay.
If Detroit wins, the NFC East champion would go to San Francisco.
NFC's No. 5 seed: the Atlanta Falcons (10-6).
The Falcons own the tiebreaker on the Detroit Lions for the fifth seed.
They will battle the Giants on the road in the NFC wildcard game on Jan. 8.
The team Atlanta would play in a divisional playoff would be determined by the winner of the other wildcard game.
If it's the New Orleans Saints, the Falcons would go to Green Bay.
If Detroit wins, Atlanta would go to San Francisco.
NFC's No. 6 seed: the Detroit Lions (10-6).
After falling in a 45-41 shootout to the Packers, Detroit has the final NFC wildcard slot.
They will play the New Orleans Saints on the road on Jan. 7.
If they defeat New Orleans, they would come back to Lambeau FIeld for the divisional playoffs on Jan. 14 or 15.