NFC playoff brackets for 2014 yield some exciting match-ups. The 2014 NFC playoff brackets were really up in the air coming into Sunday’s games (Dec. 29), but the lack of upsets really settled things down. By easily beating the St. Louis Rams at home, the Seattle Seahawks clinch the No. 1 seed in the conference with a 13-3 overall record.
The Carolina Panthers also took care of the Atlanta Falcons, though that game had a really competitive finish. It clinched the No. 2 seed for the Panthers and gave the team its own first round bye in the postseason. It will give receiver Steve Smith another week to rest up and be ready for a tough divisional round opponent.
The New Orleans Saints also clinched a spot in the 2014 NFC playoff brackets by destroying the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. The team secured a wild card spot with the win and eliminated the Arizona Cardinals in the process. It means that a team with double-digit wins will again miss the postseason in the NFL. The San Francisco 49ers beat the Cardinals anyways, clinching the No. 5 seed.
In the battle for the NFC North, Aaron Rodgers led the Green Bay Packers down the field for a game-winning touchdown in the final minute against the Chicago Bears. It was a huge play and it put the team into the No. 4 seed. It was an improbable comeback by the Packers, giving the team a lot of momentum heading into the playoffs.
The No. 3 seed will be decided in the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday night. The winner of that game goes into the postseason as the No. 3 team in the conference.
2013 NFC Playoff Brackets:
No. 4 Green Bay Packers vs. No. 5 San Francisco 49ers
No. 3 Philadelphia Eagles / Dallas Cowboys 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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