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The NFC Playoff Picture: Week 17

The Arizona Cardinals have clinched their second consecutive playoff berth as well as the NFC West title and a first-round bye, but there is still one thing left to play for. The top seed in the NFC is still up for grabs due to Carolina’s first loss of the season Sunday to the Atlanta Falcons, meaning the Cardinals would earn homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a week 17 victory along with a Panthers’ loss. With that, here’s a look at the NFC playoff picture as the NFL heads into Week 17.

 First-Round Byes


No. 1 overall seed: NFC South champion Carolina Panthers (14-1)

Would host lowest winning seed from Wild Card Round

Next Game: Jan. 3 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-9)


No. 2 overall seed: NFC West champion Arizona Cardinals (13-2)

Would host highest winning seed from Wild Card Round

Next Game: Jan. 3 vs. Seattle Seahawks (9-6)


Wild Card Round


No. 3 seed: NFC North champion Green Bay Packers (10-5)

Would host No. 6 seed Seahawks

Next Game: Jan. 3 vs. Minnesota Vikings (9-5)


No. 4 seed: NFC East champion Washington Redskins (8-7)

Would host No. 5 seed Vikings

Next Game: Jan. 3 at Dallas Cowboys (4-11)


No. 5 seed: Wild Card team Minnesota Vikings (10-5)

Would visit No. 4 seed Redskis

Next Game: Jan. 3 at Green Bay Packers (10-5)


No. 6 seed: Wild Card team Seattle Seahawks (9-6)

Would visit No. 3 seed Packers

Next Game: Jan. 3 at Arizona Cardinals (13-2)




On the Bubble


(All six NFC playoff teams are set)

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