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NFC playoff scenarios 2013: NFC standings tighten up, North gets exciting

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NFC playoff scenarios for 2013 just got more interesting on Sunday (Dec. 15). In the updated 2013 NFC playoff standings, the Seattle Seahawks have moved within an inch of clinching the No. 1 overall seed. On Sunday, quarterback Russell Wilson led the Seahawks to a 23-0 win over the New York Giants. Seattle dominated on both sides of the ball, limiting the Giants to just 181 total yards and moving to 12-2 on the season.

The New Orleans Saints also lost to the St. Louis Rams, dropping the team to 10-4 and dictating the best they can do is the No. 2 seed. The only team that can now catch the Seahawks are the 10-4 San Francisco 49ers that just won again this weekend. If the Seahawks lose their final two games and the 49ers win both of theirs, then the 49ers suddenly become the top seed in the conference. One win by Seattle or one loss by San Francisco and the Seahawks are at home all postseason.

The Philadelphia Eagles still lead the NFC East with an 8-6 record that was slightly hurt by a loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The team caught a break by the Green Bay Packers knocking off the Dallas Cowboys and sending them down to just 7-7 on the season. As for the NFC North, the 8-6 Chicago Bears lead it, followed by the 7-6 Detroit Lions, and 7-6-1 Packers. The Lions hold all the tie-breakers and just need to win out or tie for the division lead at the end.

The two wild card teams are the 10-4 Carolina Panthers at No. 5 and the 49ers at the No. 6 seed. 2013 NFC playoff scenarios are very favorable for both teams clinching those wild card slots, but not for winning their respective divisions. Carolina does get to play New Orleans once more, though, and winning that game could give them the NFC South title. In the West, the 9-5 Arizona Cardinals can still catch the 49ers by winning their final two games and having the 49ers lose both.

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. Detroit Lions (7-6)

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

10. Dallas Cowboys (7-7)

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