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NFC Playoff Picture, Week 12: Seahawks on precipice of falling out of wild card spot

The Packers and Rams winning was the worst case outcome for the Seahawks.

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The Seattle Seahawks could’ve withstood a predictable loss to the San Francisco 49ers if other results went their way.

Generally speaking, the majority of the results went against them.

Wins by the Green Bay Packers (on Thursday), Los Angeles Rams, and Atlanta Falcons all resulted in those teams improving to 5-6 on the season. The Falcons actually took the lead from the New Orleans Saints in the truly awful NFC South, but it dropped the Saints to 5-6 and in the thick of the wild card hunt.

Seattle had multiple games on virtually the whole of the non-wild card teams just a few weeks ago, but now it’s just a single game.

NFC Playoff Standings

1. Philadelphia Eagles (10-1)

2. San Francisco 49ers (8-3, 6-1 NFC)

3. Detroit Lions (8-3, 5-2 NFC)

4. Atlanta Falcons (5-6, win over NO)

Wild Card

5. Dallas Cowboys (8-3)

6. Minnesota Vikings (6-5, 6-2 NFC)

7. Seattle Seahawks (6-5, 5-3 NFC)

Everyone Else

8. Green Bay Packers (5-6, sweep of LAR+NO)

9. Los Angeles Rams (5-6, 4-4 NFC)

10. New Orleans Saints (5-6, 2-4 NFC)

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7)

12. New York Giants (4-8, two wins over WAS)

13. Washington Commanders (4-8, 2 losses to NYG)

14. Chicago Bears (3-8)

15. Arizona Cardinals (2-10)

16. Carolina Panthers (1-10)

The Seahawks could get a little reprieve if the Minnesota Vikings drop one on Monday against the Chicago Bears, but as things stand their playoff probability is below 40 percent.

Turns out you actually have to keep winning in order to have a high chance to make the playoffs.