As we head into the end of the NFL season, the NFC playoff picture had gotten a little clearer. What we know now is that both the Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers have clinched spots in the playoffs. 

 

Here are the many possibilites for the NFC playoff participants.

 

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (vs. StL)

 

Seattle clinches NFC West division and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

 

1)    SEA win or tie OR

 

2)    one SF loss or tie

 

CAROLINA PANTHERS (at Atl)

 

Carolina clinches NFC South division and a first-round bye with:

 

1)    CAR win or tie OR

 

2)    NO loss or tie

 

Carolina clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

 

1)    CAR win + SEA loss + two SF wins

 

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (at Dal)


Philadelphia clinches NFC East division with:

 

1)    PHI win or tie

 

CHICAGO BEARS (vs. GB)

 

Chicago clinches NFC North division with:

 

1)    CHI win or tie

 

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (vs. Atl; at Arz)

 

San Francisco clinches NFC West division and a first-round bye with:

 

1)    two SF wins + SEA loss

 

San Francisco clinches NFC West division and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

 

1)    two SF wins + SEA loss + CAR loss or tie

 

San Francisco clinches a playoff spot with:

 

1)    one SF win OR

 

2)    SF tie this week + NO loss OR

 

3)    SF tie next week

 

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (vs. TB)

 

New Orleans clinches NFC South division and a first-round bye with:

 

1)    NO win + CAR loss

 

New Orleans clinches a playoff spot with:

 

1)    NO win OR

 

2)    NO tie + SF loss or tie this week OR

 

3)    NO tie + ARI loss or tie OR

 

4)    ARI loss OR

 

5)    two SF losses

 

ARIZONA CARDINALS (vs. SF)

 

Arizona clinches a playoff spot with:

 

1)    ARI win + SF loss or tie this week OR

 

2)    ARI win + NO loss or tie OR

 

3)    ARI tie + NO loss

 

DALLAS COWBOYS (vs. Phi)

 

Dallas clinches NFC East division with:

 

1)    DAL win

 

GREEN BAY PACKERS (at Chi)

 

Green Bay clinches NFC North division with:

 

1)    GB win