NFC playoff brackets for 2013 shifted a bit over the weekend. Coming into Monday night (Dec. 23), the new 2013 NFC playoff brackets have the Carolina Panthers as the No. 2 seed in the conference. On Sunday (Dec. 22), the Panthers beat the New Orleans Saints in a game that gave the team first place in the AFC South and control of that second seed. it would allow the team to have a first round bye in the postseason and home field in at least the second round as well.
The first round games would currently be the No. 3 Philadelphia Eagles vs. No. 6 New Orleans Saints and No. 4 Chicago Bears vs. No. 5 San Francisco 49ers. The Saints and 49ers currently hold the two wild card slots, but either team could still win its division depending on how the Week 17 results turn out. The division leaders in the NFC East (Eagles) and NFC North (Bears) could also shift depending on how they play in the final regular season games.
The No. 1 seed in the conference is still the Seattle Seahawks and the team will clinch that spot with a Week 17 victory over the St. Louis Rams. With the game taking place at CenturyLink Field, the team will have its home crowd standing behind them. The team also holds the tie-breakers over Carolina and New Orleans, meaning only San Francisco can catch them in the NFC West and overall standings.
2013 NFC Playoff Brackets:
No. 4 Chicago Bears vs. No. 5 San Francisco 49ers
No. 3 Philadelphia Eagles vs. No. 6 New Orleans Saints
Worst advancing seed plays against No. 1 Seattle Seahawks.
Best advancing seed plays against No. 2 Carolina Panthers
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