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NFC playoff scenarios 2013: Detroit Lions fall in updated 2013 NFC standings

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NFC playoff scenarios 2013 news is pretty bad for the Detroit Lions. Updated 2013 NFC playoff standings have the team third in the North Division alone after a loss to the Baltimore Ravens Monday night (Dec. 16). Justin Tucker hit a 61-yard field goal to give the Ravens a win and keep hope alive for fans of the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.

AFC Postseason Outlook

The 8-6 Bears now lead the North and control their own destiny. If Chicago can beat the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers in the next two weeks, they will clinch the division title. The same scenario is there for the Packers, as wins over the Pittsburgh Steelers and Bears would give them a 9-6-1 record and the division title. The Lions now need both teams to lose a game, but would win the tie-breakers if there was a tie for the division.

The Seattle Seahawks are now one win or one San Francisco 49ers loss from clinching the No. 1 overall seed. The team plays the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16 and the St. Louis Rams in Week 17. If the team were to lose both games and the 49ers won both of their games, they would win the NFC West and become one of the top two seeds. Meanwhile Arizona could still sneak into the postseason by winning both games and having either the Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, or 49ers lose both of their games. Those are some interesting 2013 NFC playoff scenarios to say the least.

The Saints vs. Panthers game in Week 16 could likely decide the winner of the NFC South. If the Saints win the game, they clinch the division, but if the Panthers win, they need only win again in Week 17 to clinch the division title. Both teams beat the 49ers already, so a tie in the overall standings would allow the South champion to claim to second seed either way.

The No. 4 seeded Philadelphia Eagles also control their own destiny now. Wins over the Bears and Cowboys to finish the season would give the team an NFC East title. The team loses the head-to-head tie-breaker with the Cowboys to this point, so a Week 17 win would be necessary to guarantee the postseason. The Cowboys have the similar position, because they need only beat the Washington Redskins in Week 16 and the Eagles in Week 17 to clinch the division.

2013 NFC Playoff Standings:

1. Seattle Seahawks (12-2)

2. New Orleans Saints (10-4)

3. Philadelphia Eagles (8-6)

4. Chicago Bears (8-6)

5. Carolina Panthers (10-4)

6. San Francisco 49ers (10-4)

7. Arizona Cardinals (9-5)

8. Green Bay Packers (7-6-1)

9. Detroit Lions (7-7)

10. Dallas Cowboys (7-7)

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