The NFC Wild Card picture is pretty clear heading into Monday Night Football. The Carolina Panthers and the San Francisco 49ers get the two berths with their 10-4 records. Those records would win either the NFC East or NFC North, and the NFC South leaders are 10-4 as well.
The Panthers get the fifth seed over the 49ers thanks to their win earlier in the season.
The Detroit Lions play on Monday night and a win would move them into the No. 4 spot as the NFC North Champs. The Dallas Cowboys had an opportunity to pull ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles with a win over the Packers, but they gave up a huge lead. That kept the Eagles, who also lost on Sunday, in the NFC East slot.
Here is a look at the current NFC standings, via ESPN.com:
|National Football Conference|
|1||x – Seattle||12||2||0||.857||3-1-0||9-1-0||.472||.438||NFC West Champ|
|2||New Orleans||10||4||0||.714||4-0-0||8-2-0||.526||.493||NFC South Champ (Wins tie break over Carolina based on head-to-head win percentage.)|
|3||Philadelphia||8||6||0||.571||3-2-0||7-3-0||.451||.383||NFC East Champ |
Wins tie break over Chicago based on best win percentage in conference games.
|4||Chicago||8||6||0||.571||2-3-0||4-6-0||.453||.450||NFC North Champ|
|5||Carolina||10||4||0||.714||3-1-0||7-3-0||.497||.439||Wins tie break over San Francisco based on head-to-head win percentage.|
|14||Tampa Bay||4||10||0||.286||1-4-0||2-8-0||.579||.436||Wins tie break over Atlanta based on best win percentage in common games.|
- x – Clinched Playoff Berth