NFC playoff picture: Vikings hold #2, top seed still in play

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Pretty much every game that has any significance in the NFC playoff chase is already in the books, so we can safely move on and take a look at what’s going on with the Minnesota Vikings and the NFC teams we don’t care about. A lot of.

Let’s take a look at how things have changed since last week, because there have been some changes.

#1 seed: Philadelphia Eagles (13-2, NFC East leaders, clinched playoff berth)

On Saturday, the Eagles lost for just the second time this season, losing to Dallas at Jerryworld 40-34. That means the #1 seed is still in the game for the Vikings for another week, and the cowboys The Eagles could also be without Jalen Hurts next week when they face the New Orleans Saints. It may not matter why. 🇧🇷 .well, the Saints aren’t very good, but if the Eagles lose next week and the Vikings win. 🇧🇷 .well, let’s not talk about that until it actually happens.

  • remaining opponents: vs New Orleans, vs New York Giants

#2 seed: Minnesota Vikings (12-3, NFC North champions)

On Saturday, the Vikings did pretty much the same thing they do every week. 🇧🇷 .play a game that tries to give the majority of its fanbase into cardiac arrest. But that kept them one game ahead of San Francisco for a #2 seed that seems to be getting more and more important. This team just needs to keep winning, and they have two divisional road games on the table before returning to US Bank Stadium. Can they do it?

  • remaining opponents: in Green Bay, in Chicago

3rd seed: San Francisco 49ers (11-4, NFC West champion)

The Niners continue to win with Brock Purdy at quarterback. They could probably win games with Brock Lesnar at halfback at this point. They sparred a bit with Washington on Saturday but ended up winning. The Niners look like they have two very likely wins left on their schedule, which is bad news for Vikings fans. I hope the Niners stumble at some point. 🇧🇷 .and the Vikings don’t stumble over them.

  • remaining opponents: in Las Vegas, vs Arizona

4th seed: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-8, NFC South leaders)

The Buccaneers are at the top of this division right now, but it’s really the Carolina Panthers, who are only half a game behind Tampa in the NFC South, who control their own playoff destiny, especially since those two teams face off in Tampa next week. . 🇧🇷 We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. 🇧🇷 .all of NFC South sucks. But I can’t imagine there are many people outside of Tampa (and maybe Massachusetts) who are rooting for for Tom Brady, are there?

  • remaining opponents: in Arizona, x Carolina, in Atlanta

5th seed: Dallas Cowboys (11-4, NFC East #2, guaranteed playoff berth)

Dallas kept their NFC East title chances alive on Saturday by eliminating the Eagles. They’re still two games behind with two to play, but now there are all kinds of other tiebreakers involved if Dallas catches them. I have a feeling the loss to Jacksonville is something they’re going to regret. 🇧🇷 .at least until they defeat whoever wins the NFC South at Wild Card Weekend.

  • remaining opponents: in Tennessee, in Washington

#6 seed: New York Giants (8-6-1, NFC East #3)

If the Giants had defeated the Vikings on Saturday, everything would have come together for them to secure a playoff berth. But that didn’t happen, so this is where they are for now. It’s going to be hard for them to fall out at this point unless they completely fall apart, but their game next weekend against Indianapolis looks big because they have a road trip to face an Eagles team that may or may not have anything to play. in Week 18 and it wasn’t exactly pretty the first time these two teams met this season.

  • remaining opponents: vs Indianapolis in Philadelphia

#7 seed: Washington Commanders (7-7-1, NFC East #4)

Things are a little mixed here at the bottom of the image, with Washington’s tie with New York a few weeks ago keeping them ahead of two other teams in the NFC playoff picture. The Commanders could also have quarterback issues again, as they benched Taylor Heinicke during Saturday’s loss to San Francisco and brought back Carson Wentz. If Carson Wentz is the answer, you’re asking the wrong questions right now.

  • remaining opponents: vs Cleveland, vs Dallas

Outside looking in

8th seed: Seattle Seahawks (7-8, NFC West #2)

#9 seed: Detroit Lions (7-8, NFC North #2, behind Seattle based on head-to-head)

  • remaining opponents: vs Chicago, in Green Bay

10th seed: Green Bay Packers (6-8, NFC North #3)

  • remaining opponents: in Miami, vs Minnesota, vs Detroit

11th seed: Carolina Panthers (6-9, NFC South #2)

  • remaining opponents: in Tampa Bay, in New Orleans

12th seed: New Orleans Saints (6-9, NFC South #3, behind Carolina head-to-head)

  • remaining opponents: in Philadelphia, vs Carolina

#13 seed: Atlanta Falcons (5-10, NFC South #4, eliminated from playoff contention🇧🇷

  • remaining opponents: vs Arizona, vs Tampa Bay

#14 seed: Arizona Cardinals (4-10, NFC West #3, eliminated from playoff contention🇧🇷

  • remaining opponents: vs Tampa Bay in Atlanta in San Francisco

#15 seed: Los Angeles Rams (4-10, NFC West #4, eliminated from playoff contention🇧🇷

#16 seed: Chicago Bears (3-12, NFC North #4, eliminated from playoff contention🇧🇷

  • remaining opponents: in Detroit, vs Minnesota

We’ve almost reached the end of the regular season, and there are still a lot of things that need to be decided, folks. We’ll be tracking everything in the NFC playoff chase through the end of the season.

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