Seahawks can clinch NFC West, first round bye and more with win on Sunday


Dec 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson (82) is congratulated by tackle Breno Giacomini (68) after catching a touchdown pass against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Seahawks had the opportunity to clinch the NFC West last week against the San Francisco 49ers, but they will get another shot at clinching that and more with a win and help from a few other teams on Sunday.

Here is the picture:

What happens if…?

If the Seahawks win or tie AND the 49ers lose or tie:

The Seahawks win the NFC West and clinch a first round bye.

If the Seahawks win or tie AND the 49ers lose or tie AND the New Orleans Saints lose:

The Seahawks win the NFC West, clinch a first round bye and clinch home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

If the Seahawks lose:

All of this is irrelevant and the Seahawks must wait another week to clinch anything.

Who are these teams playing?

The Saints (10-3) will visit the St. Louis Rams (5-8) on Sunday.

The 49ers (9-4) will visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9) on Sunday.

The Seahawks (11-2) will visit the New York Giants (5-8) on Sunday.

What are these teams’ remaining schedule?

Saints: Rams (5-8), Panthers (9-4), Buccaneers (4-9)

49ers: Buccaneers (4-9), Falcons (3-10), Cardinals (8-5)

Seahawks: Giants (5-8), Cardinals (8-5), Rams (5-8)

At this point in the season, anything can happen so don’t count on anyone and don’t count anyone out. Hopefully the Seahawks can wrap things up on Sunday and the Rams and Buccaneers can help out Seattle clinch home-field advantage.

The Seahawks are currently the only team in the NFC that has clinched a playoff spot and they are the only 11-win team in the NFC.