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NFC playoff scenarios

Yes, I'm posting this before seeing the outcome of Packers-Titans. That game scarcely matters.

As with last week's tiebreakers, I'm going to ignore the possibility of games ending in ties. If a game ends in a tie, the participants generally won't be tied with anyone else, anyway, and the better record wins.

Division winners

The Seahawks, Saints, and Packers have clinched their respective divisions.

In the NFC East, the two games next week are Eagles-Washington and Giants-Cowboys. If Washington beats the Eagles, then they win the division. If Washington loses, then the winner of the Giants-Cowboys game wins the division.

Top four seeds

The NFC East winner, whoever it is, will be the #4 seed.

If the Seahawks lose to the 49ers, the Saints defeat the Panthers, and the Packers lose both of their remaining games, then the Saints will be the #1 seed, Packers #2, and Seahawks #3.

If the Seahawks lose to the 49ers, the Saints defeat the Panthers, and the Packers win another game, then the Packers will be the #1 seed, Saints #2, and Seahawks #3.

If the Seahawks lose to the 49ers and the Saints lose to the Panthers, then the Packers will be the #1 seed, Saints #2, and Seahawks #3, regardless of the outcome of the Packers' remaining games.

If the Seahawks beat the 49ers, the Saints beat the Panthers, and the Packers beat the Bears, then the Packers will be the #1 seed, Saints #2, and Seahawks #3, regardless of the outcome of the Packers-Titans game.

If the Seahawks beat the 49ers, the Saints beat the Panthers, and the Packers lose to the Bears, then the Saints will be the #1 seed, Seahawks #2, and Packers #3, regardless of the outcome of the Packers-Titans game.

If the Seahawks beat the 49ers, the Saints lose to the Panthers, and the Packers beat the Bears, then the Packers will be the #1 seed, Seahawks #2, and Saints #3, regardless of the outcome of the Packers-Titans game.

If the Seahawks beat the 49ers, the Saints lose to the Panthers, and the Packers lose to the Bears, then the Seahawks will be the #1 seed, Packers #2, and Saints #3, regardless of the outcome of the Packers-Titans game.

The only way that Packers-Titans matters is if the Seahawks lose to the 49ers, Saints defeat the Panthers, and Packers lose to the Bears. And even then, the only difference it makes is whether the Packers and Saints are #1 and #2 respectively or the other way around.

Wild cards

The Buccaneers have clinched a wild card spot. The other two wild cards will go to some two of the Rams, Cardinals, and Bears.

If the Buccaneers lose to the Falcons and the Rams beat the Cardinals, then the Rams will be the #5 seed, Buccaneers #6, and Bears #7, regardless of the outcome of the Packers-Bears game.

If the Buccaneers beat the Falcons and the Rams beat the Cardinals, then the Buccaneers will be the #5 seed, Rams #6, and Bears #7, regardless of the outcome of the Packers-Bears game.

If the Cardinals beat the Rams and the Bears beat the Packers, then the Buccaneers will be the #5 seed, Bears #6, and Cardinals #7, regardless of the outcome of the Buccaneers-Falcons game. This is the only way that the Rams could miss the playoffs.

If the Cardinals beat the Rams and the Bears lose to the Packers, then the Buccaneers will be the #5 seed, Cardinals #6, and Rams #7, regardless of the outcome of the Buccaneers-Falcons game. This is the only way that the Bears could miss the playoffs.

The Bears, Cardinals, and Rams all control their own destiny: win next week and you're in the playoffs. The Bears or Rams could also still make the playoffs with a loss if they get some help.