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NFC Wildcard Scenarios

There is two weeks left in the season and just a handful of teams with playoff aspirations still alive.

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NFC Wildcard Scenarios


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With the season winding down, there are only 2 weeks for a handful of teams to secure a Wildcard or better spot in the NFC Playoffs. Today we take a peek at the outlook heading into Week 16, and what each team needs to do to get in.

Current Standings

  1. Seahawks
  2. Packers
  3. Saints
  4. Cowboys
  5. 49ers
  6. Vikings

In the Hunt

Rams
Eagles

Seahawks, Packers, Saints & 49ers

Seahawks, Packers, Saints are locked into the playoffs. Despite their loss to the Falcons the 49ers have also officially booked a trip to the postseason on the backs of a Rams loss Sunday. What’s still to be determined is seeding.

Minnesota Vikings

With a strong win vs the Chargers Sunday, the Vikings currently occupy the 6th seed.

How they get in

  • Win out and you’re in. In fact, win out with some help and they can reach as far as the 2 seed. But for now, just worry about handling business vs the Packers and Bears and securing a wildcard spot.
  • Win one of the final two games. If you can’t win both, just win one. Just one win vs either the Packers or the Bears would be enough to secure a playoff spot even if the Rams and Eagles won both of their final two games.
excited fired up GIF by Minnesota Vikings
excited fired up GIF by Minnesota Vikings

Dallas Cowboys

Current holders of the 4 seed and the NFC East division lead.

How they get in

  • Beat the Eagles and the East crown is theirs.
  • Lose and it gets dicier. They would then need to beat Washington in the final week of the season, and the Giants would need to upset the Eagles to put Dallas atop the division and into the postseason. No wildcard chance here, it’s division or bust for Dallas.

Philadelphia Eagles

Must win division match coming up in Week 16.

How they get in:

  • The Eagles need-need-need to beat the Cowboys in Week 16 or they can kiss their playoff hopes goodbye. The weakness of the once-powerful NFC East division means that only the division winner will make it to the postseason this year. Like the Cowboys, they have no wildcard chances here.

Los Angeles Rams

Currently on the outside looking in, the defending NFC Champs still have to take care of business and get some major help along the way.

How they get in:

  • Quite simple, really. Win both games against the 49ers and Cardinals and get some help from the Packers and Bears. The Vikings would need to lose both of their games, while the Rams win out, for LA to be invited to the party again this year.

Postseason Predictions (prior to Week 16)

  1. Seahawks
  2. Packers
  3. Saints
  4. Cowboys
  5. 49ers
  6. Vikings

Christian is husband, father and video editor working in New York City. Originally from the Greater Pittsburgh Area he is a life long fan The Steelers, Penguins and Pirates as well as Professional Wrestling.

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