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Seahawks Week 13 Playoff Rooting Guide: Patrick Mahomes can Mahelp the Mahawks

Like a good neighbor, the Kansas City Chiefs are there.

Kansas City Chiefs v Las Vegas Raiders Photo by Candice Ward/Getty Images

Maybe you think the Seattle Seahawks should miss the playoffs on purpose. Perhaps you see another Seahawks playoff berth as a short, pointless endeavor that ends in their heavy blowout defeat against whomever they face in the wild card round. Well if you feel that way, then this is not the article for you.

It’s Week 13 (already!) and the playoff race is heating up. Let’s take a look at the current NFC playoff standings before determining which teams to root for.

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)

We’re ignoring every teams from the Giants down to the Panthers from this point on, and we’re about one more loss from doing the same to the Buccaneers. This wild card race is absolutely abysmal.

Let’s get to the Week 13 rooting guide!

The NFC West

Philadelphia Eagles over San Francisco 49ers. Self-explanatory. The Seahawks aren’t getting the No. 1 seed so don’t dream about it.

Wild Card - Most Important

Cleveland Browns over Los Angeles Rams. This is the most important result. Whether the Browns are starting Joe Flacco or Dorian Thompson-Robinson or PJ Walker or Brian Sipe, they need to keep winning to stay in their own AFC wild card playoff spot. The Rams are starting to turn their season around but could just as easily falter against a Browns team that still relies heavily on their defense to win. The Rams have a head-to-head tiebreaker on the Seahawks, which no other NFC wild card rival can claim.

Kansas City Chiefs over Green Bay Packers. If the Seahawks lose to the Cowboys, the three teams that can leapfrog them by tiebreaker are the Rams, Vikings (who have a bye), and the Packers. Green Bay is playing an AFC team, so this doesn’t impact their NFC conference record tiebreaker, but they still need to actually win to get into a WC spot. A Chiefs win would be big for Seattle.

Detroit Lions over New Orleans Saints. The Saints are 5-6 and tied for the NFC South lead with the Atlanta Falcons, but they don’t had a head-to-head tiebreaker on Atlanta. New Orleans’ conference record is also inferior to Seattle’s, so if the Seahawks and Saints were both tied at 6-6, New Orleans can’t overtake them.

Wild Card - Less Important

New York Jets over Atlanta Falcons. This isn’t particularly critical since a Falcons win keeps them in the NFC South lead, whereas a loss only drops them to a wild card if the Saints also win. Having the NFC South runner-up be 5-7 is still a help, either way.

Carolina Panthers over Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This is the least important result but the Bucs losing even one more game probably ends their season. They still have to play the Jacksonville Jaguars, as well as the resurgent Packers, plus rematch the Falcons and Saints. A Tampa loss this weekend would pretty much be curtains for Baker Mayfield and company. The only question is whether or not the Bucs throw in the towel and start Kyle Trask, which could certainly play a role in the Seahawks’ playoff push if they need Tampa to win against Atlanta or New Orleans or Green Bay.

The highest priority results are Browns over Rams, Chiefs over Packers, and (a distant 3rd) Lions over Saints. All of them are distinctly possible and two of them lean towards probable. Atlanta and Tampa losing could be cool but not necessary.

And if the Seahawks win on Thursday plus get these desired results? Their playoff chances would be a hell of a lot stronger.