Let’s take a look at how each team in the race got on this week.
Green Bay (13-0) continued their goal of an undefeated season by dismantling the Oakland Raiders (7-6). Heading into Lambeau will be tough for any team
San Francisco (10-3) is beginning to show a few signs of weakness dropping one late to the Arizona Cardinals (6-7) 21-19. Arizona could have a shot at 6-7 at making the playoff as a wild card if all hell breaks lose.
With the San Francisco loss, the Saints (10-3) now have a great shot at securing the first round bye after a tricky win over the Titans.
Elsewhere in the wild card hunt Chicago (7-6) got Tebow’d losing in OT to the hot Denver Broncos. With Forte and Cutler out, the Bears playoff chances are slipping away.
Detroit (8-5), scraped past Minnesota by the skin of their teeth and were very fortunate to win the game, given that the game ending fumble by the Vikings QB, should of been called back due to a facemask penalty.
In the big Sunday night game, the Giants (7-6) came back to beat the Cowboys (7-6) in the 4th quarter. With both teams having to face each other again, it seems likely that only one of those two teams will make the playoffs.
Finally, as we know the Atlanta Falcons (8-5) came back from a 16 point deficit to defeat the Carolina Panthers, to give the Falcons a leg up in the NFC Wild card race.
- 1. Green Bay Packers (13-0)
- 2. San Francisco 49ers (10-3)
- 3. New Orleans Saints (10-3)
- 4. New York Giants (7-6)
- 5. Atlanta Falcons (8-5)
- 6. Detroit Lions (8-5)
This would leave the Dallas Cowboys (7-6) and the Chicago Bears (7-6) on the outside looking in. With the Arizona Cardinals waiting in the wings at 6-7 and possibly even Seattle depending on the MNF result. With each team having 3 games remaining, here is a look at the all important schedules for each team.
Follow the jump to see analysis of every team’s schedule and all the tie breakers.
- Green Bay Packers (North) (Currently 13-0) – @Chiefs, vs Bears, vs Lions
- San Francisco 49ers (West) (Currently 10-3) – vs Steelers, @Seahawks, @Rams
- New Orleans Saints (South) (Currently 10-3) – @Vikings, vs Falcons, vs Panthers.
- New York Giants (East) (Currently 7-6) – vs Redskins, @Jets, vs Cowboys.
- Atlanta Falcons (South) (Currently 8-5) – vs Jaguars, @Saints, vs Bucs.
- Detroit Lions (North) (Currently 8-5) – @Raiders, vs Chargers, @Packers.
- Chicago Bears (North) (Currently 7-6) – vs Seahawks, @Packers, @Vikings.
- Dallas Cowboys (East) (Currently 7-6) – @Bucs, vs Eagles, @Giants.