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NFC Week 16 Playoff Scenarios

NFC EAST

DALLAS COWBOYS (12-2)

Remaining schedule: vs. Detroit on Dec. 26, at Philadelphia on Jan. 1.

Division record: 3-2. Conference record: 8-2.

Their magic number to win the division and secure the No. 1 seed is one.

NEW YORK GIANTS (10-4)

Remaining schedule: at Philadelphia on Thursday, at Washington on Jan. 1.

Division record: 3-1. Conference record: 7-3.

They put heat on the Cowboys but still need lots of help to win the division. A wild-card berth is more likely, but they have only road games remaining so it won’t be easy.

WASHINGTON (7-6-1)

Remaining schedule: at Chicago on Dec. 24, vs. New York Giants on Jan. 1.

Division record: 3-2. Conference record: 5-5.

Lost control of their playoff future. Detroit and Atlanta are still catchable even though they lead their respective divisions. A 9-6-1 Redskins record would beat out both for a wild card spot if either the Lions or Falcons lose their final two games.

Eliminated: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-9).

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NFC NORTH

DETROIT LIONS (9-5):

Remaining schedule: at Dallas on Dec. 26, vs. Green Bay on Jan. 1.

Division record: 2-2. Conference record: 7-3.

A loss to the Giants plus Green Bay’s win is setting up a winner-take-all home game vs. the Packers in Week 17. The Lions still have a one-game lead, but their schedule is daunting.

GREEN BAY PACKERS (8-6)

Remaining schedule: vs. Minnesota on Dec. 24, at Detroit on Jan. 1.

Division record: 3-1. Conference record: 6-4.

The Packers gained control of their playoff hopes with a win and Detroit’s loss. If they win out, they take the North. A wild card also is in play.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (7-7)

Remaining schedule: at Green Bay on Dec. 24, vs. Chicago on Jan. 1.

Division record: 1-3. Conference record: 4-6.

A blowout loss at home to the Colts leaves Minnesota on the brink of elimination.

Eliminated: CHICAGO BEARS (3-11).

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NFC SOUTH

ATLANTA FALCONS (9-5)

Remaining schedule: at Carolina on Dec. 24, vs. New Orleans on Jan. 1.

Division record: 3-1. Conference record: 7-3.

Their win over San Francisco coupled with Tampa Bay’s loss put them in control in the division race.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (8-6)

Remaining schedule: at New Orleans on Dec. 24, vs. Carolina on Jan. 1.

Division record: 3-1. Conference record: 6-4.

Regained their grip on the second wild-card spot with Washington’s loss.

Need a miracle: NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (6-8), CAROLINA PANTHERS (6-8).

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NFC WEST

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-4-1)

Remaining schedule: vs. Arizona on Dec. 24, at San Francisco on Jan. 1.

Division record: 2-1-1. Conference record: 5-4-1.

The first team to clinch a division title, Seattle jumped up to the No. 2 seed following Detroit’s loss.

Eliminated: ARIZONA CARDINALS (5-8-1), LOS ANGELES RAMS (4-10), SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-13).

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