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NFC Playoff Picture: Seahawks benefit from Bears’ comical upset win over Vikings

Thanks, Justin Fields!

NFL: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

In a week in which the Seattle Seahawks didn’t get a lot of outside help in the playoff race, Week 12 ended on a high note in one of the worst games of the NFL season.

The Chicago Bears got a late field goal from Cairo Santos to win 12-10 over the Minnesota Vikings. It was spectacularly awful. Do you like pointless screen passes? Both teams gave you that in bunches. Are you a fan of horrible quarterback play? Josh Dobbs and Justin Fields were seemingly in competition for the most baffling turnover and misfired pass of the day, but Dobbs was able to double up Fields on the turnover scoreboard by a count of 4-2.

We’ve seen a lot of horrible football in prime-time this year, and that was a sight to behold.

What does it mean for the Seahawks? Well hopefully you care to make the playoffs, because if you don’t then I highly recommend reading our many non-playoff related articles. Peep the updated standings of this sad, sad playoff push.

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

7. Minnesota Vikings (6-6, 6-3 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, 3-4 NFC, two wins over WAS)

13. Chicago Bears (4-8, win over WSH)

14. Washington Commanders (4-8)

15. Arizona Cardinals (2-10)

16. Carolina Panthers (1-10)

What a shitshow.

Of course, this is all moot if/when the Seahawks lose to the Cowboys on Thursday. They would return to the No. 7 seed entering Sunday, and would fall out completely with a win by either the Los Angeles Rams or Green Bay Packers.

An upset win, however? Some semblance of optimism is back on the menu!