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NFC Playoff Picture: Seahawks need a Week 18 Packers home loss... again

Go Bears!

Green Bay Packers v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks had their playoff fate in their hands. They gave it up meekly in a 30-23 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. With the Green Bay Packers smashing the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers are in a postseason spot over Seattle with one week to go. That sounds really familiar, doesn’t it?

Here’s the scene as we enter Week 18.

Wild Card

5. Philadelphia Eagles (11-5, clinched playoff berth)

6. Los Angeles Rams (9-7, clinched playoff berth)

7. Green Bay Packers (8-8, strength of victory tiebreaker on SEA, head-to-head on NO)

Not in Wild Card, mathematically still alive

8. Seattle Seahawks (8-8, conference record tiebreaker on NO)

9. New Orleans Saints (8-8)

10. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)

The Chicago Bears are mathematically eliminated, while the Atlanta Falcons are mathematically alive but can only get in via the NFC South division title, so we’re not including either team in this discussion even though they’re both 7-9.

Seattle must beat the Arizona Cardinals to have a chance to make the postseason. Not even a tie is good enough. Just like last season, the Seahawks also need to rely on an NFC North rival already eliminated from playoff contention to beat the Packers at Lambeau Field. The Detroit Lions pulled off the shocker in Green Bay to get Seattle into the playoffs, and now the Bears must do the same. Chicago is 7-9 but they have won 5 out of 6, and have no incentive to “tank” since the Carolina Panthers already gave them the No. 1 overall pick.

If the Seahawks reach the playoffs, they will be the No. 7 seed and can only play one of the Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, or Dallas Cowboys in the wild card round.

You could argue there’s a better chance the Bears can win at Lambeau Field than the Seahawks win at a Cardinals team that has a better record than the Seahawks since Kyler Murray’s return (3-4 vs. 3-5).

Go Bears!