Dec 23, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) carries the ball against the San Francisco 49ers during the 1st half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated San Francisco 42-13. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Updated NFC Playoff Picture

The playoff seedings became a lot clearer this past Sunday. They aren’t set yet, but it’s close. The Seahawks have officially clinched their spot in the playoffs. Exactly who they play and where remains to be seen. But i’ll get to that in the minute. First, lets look at all the possible seedings.

Teams are listed in order of probability for getting the playoff position.

1 Seed: Atlanta Falcons

2 Seed: Green Bay, San Francisco, Seattle

If Green Bay wins, they get the 2 seed the first round bye. If they lose, the 49ers are next in line, and get the 2 seed as long as they beat Arizona. Seattle can still take the #2 seed, but that only happens if the Seahawks top the Rams, and both the 49ers and Green Bay lose.

3 Seed: San Francisco, Green Bay, Seattle

The 3 seed belongs to the 49ers right now. A Packer loss combined with a 49er win would drop the Packer down into this spot. If the Packers win to take the 2 seed, but the 49ers lose, the Seahawks will take the #3 seed if they top the Rams.

4 Seed: Washington, Dallas

Teams could be listed in any order. They play week 17. Winner gets this spot, pretty simple.

5 Seed: Seattle, San Francisco

This spot is currently Seattle’s. Even if the Seahawks lose they’ll wont drop. If the Seahawks win, and the 49ers lose, those 2 teams will swap positions and the 49ers would end up here.

6 Seed: Minnesota, Chicago, Washington, Giants

The Vikings are in the drivers seat here. Win and they they’re in. If they lose to the Packers, the Bears are next in line. If both teams lose, Washington would take the spot if they lose to Dallas. The only way the Giants get in is if the wins and Dallas, Minnesota and Chicago all lose. If everyone loses, Minnesota gets in here.


So it looks most likely that the Seahawks will start the playoffs on the road against the NFC East winner.

If the Seahawks somehow steal the division away fromt he 49ers, then they’ll get a home playoff game. The most likely scenario is there would be a re-match with the Bears at the CLink.

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  • Hawk_Eye

    I like where we sit now at the #5 spot. We most likely will play the Redskins or Dallas at their place. If we win, then we will would play the #1 seed Atlanta. I think we can beat both of those teams.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      If Seattle ends up with the #3 seed they likely get a banged up Chicago team in round 1, and at home. That’s not a bad situation either.

      • Hawk_Eye

        But then we would have to play Green Bay at Green Bay. That is the only team that really scares me. Their offense is great.

        • 12thMan_Rising

          Fair enough. I expect the Seahawks to have to win in Green Bay to make the Super Bowl either way. I can’t see any of the other teams in the NFC beating them if the Seahawks dont, at least not at this point.

          • Hanley H. Bonynge

            I personally feel like Seattle can beat Green Bay. My main concern is the referees and the NFL turning it into a giant “make-up” game for Green Bay. Are there any refs frozen in carbonite that we can use?

  • ricefield

    Hawk_Eye, I think all the playoff games are winnable. There aren’t any super teams this year in the NFC. Dallas’ defense has been suspect and Ware is hurt. RGIII looked 1 dimensional last game. Hope he stays gimpy. Atlanta has become the new Chargers, great regular season and zero post season. GO HAWKS.