The playoff race will take play Sunday night between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, with the AFC North title and its automatic berth on the line for the winner.
This is what’s in question:
1.Cowboys (13-2): Dallas, which plays in Philadelphia, is sitting calm and composed, with the NFC East, a bye and home-field advantage all through the NFC playoffs taken care. Still, expect Dak Prescott over Tony Romo at quarterback.
2. Falcons (10-5): Atlanta has the NFC South title enveloped, however, can secure the NFC’s second seed with a goal over the New Orleans Saints in Atlanta, or a Seattle Seahawks loss or tie and a Lions loss or tie.
3. Seahawks (9-5-1): Seattle are the NFC West champion moreover can be the No. 2 seed in the NFC if it manages to beat the 49ers Sunday and if the Falcons lose to or tie against the Saints.
4. Packers (9-6): A win at Detroit gives them the NFC North title (the Packers won their previous encounter). A defeat would wipe out Green Bay if Washington beats the New York Giants. After the Packers’ fourth consecutive loss in November, Aaron Rodgers said he thought the gang could run the table and a victory Sunday would be their 6th in succession.
5. Giants (10-5): Giants match against the Washington Redskins — other than it would be a terrible thing to go into the playoffs straight from two consecutive losses. They’re secure in the No. 5 spot, despite the fact that they may not know who they’re playing in the wild-card round until late Sunday night.
6. Lions (9-6): The Lions, similar to Green Bay, would win the division and a playoff berth with a victory. A defeat will dispose of them if Washington beats the Giants.
7. Washington (8-6-1): The Redskins would make the playoffs if they beat the Giants and the Lions-Packers match does not end in a tie. Absent a tie, the Packers-Lions loser would be out of the running, a half-match behind Washington for the second trump card spot. A Giants win would dispense with the Redskins.
8. Buccaneers (8-7): So you’re stating there’s a shot. Seven things must happen if Jameis Winston and Co. are to play in the postseason. In the first place, the Bucs must beat the Panthers in a home game. They would require the Colts, Cowboys, Titans, 49ers and Lions to win and for the Redskins-Giants match to end in a tie. Indeed, even Lloyd Christmas thinks this is impossible.