NFL: NFC Playoff scenarios in Week 17 for each team

Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Things in the NFC are very tight, no one has clinched their division yet and essentially every division is up for grabs. Seattle Seahawks will win the NFC West with a win and the Carolina Panthers will win the NFC South with a win.

The NFC North and East will both be determined in a Week 17 championship game of sorts. Whoever wins the Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers game wins the NFC North. The winner of the Philadelphia Eagles-Dallas Cowboys game wins the NFC East.

Even the wild card race is interesting with the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals — both with 10-5 records —  are fighting for the final playoff spot. One thing is for certain, a team with double-digit wins won’t make it to the playoffs.

Here are the playoff standings heading into Week 17 (via ESPN):

CONF RK NFC W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV REASON
1 x - Seattle 12 3 0 .800 3-2-0 9-2-0 .491 .442 NFC West Champ
2 x - Carolina 11 4 0 .733 4-1-0 8-3-0 .509 .464 NFC South Champ
3 Philadelphia 9 6 0 .600 3-2-0 8-3-0 .453 .389 NFC East Champ
4 Chicago 8 7 0 .533 2-3-0 4-7-0 .456 .458 NFC North Champ
5 x - San Francisco 11 4 0 .733 4-1-0 8-3-0 .487 .403
6 New Orleans 10 5 0 .667 4-1-0 8-3-0 .542 .493 Wins tie break over Arizona based on head-to-head win percentage.
7 Arizona 10 5 0 .667 2-3-0 6-5-0 .516 .447
8 Dallas 8 7 0 .533 5-0-0 7-4-0 .471 .354
9 Green Bay 7 7 1 .500 2-2-1 5-5-1 .449 .367

Here are all the playoff scenarios for the NFC teams still in the hunt, from NFL.com:

CLINCHED:

Seattle — playoff spot

Carolina — playoff spot

San Francisco — playoff spot

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (vs. STL)

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

1) SEA win or tie OR

2) 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 + SF win

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 (at ARI)

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

1) SF win + SEA loss

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

1) SF win + SEA loss + CAR loss or tie

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 + ARI tie OR

3) ARI loss

ARIZONA CARDINALS (vs. SF)

Arizona clinches a playoff spot with:

1) ARI win + NO loss or tie OR

2) 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

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