Here is how the NFC playoff picture looks in Week 15, after the Green Bay Packers clinched the NFC North title.
It took until Week 15 of the 2021 season, but a team has finally clinched a playoff berth, and it happens to come from the NFC. Of course, that very team is the Green Bay Packers, who clinched the NFC North title with a 31-30 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
There were some stunning end results in the NFC side of things, such as the Arizona Cardinals getting defeated 30-12 by the one-win Detroit Lions. But, how does the rest of the playoff picture look in the NFC after the Packers’ huge win?
Here is the NFC playoff picture in Week 15.
Note: These standings come before Sunday’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers-New Orleans Saints, Monday’s Chicago Bears-Minnesota Vikings and Tuesday’s Philadelphia Eagles-Washington Football Team and Seattle Seahawks-Los Angeles Rams games.
NFC Playoff Picture: NFL Division Standings in Week 15
Dallas Cowboys (10-4)Philadelphia Eagles (6-7)Washington Football Team (6-7)New York Giants (4-10)
Green Bay Packers (11-3)Minnesota Vikings (6-7)Chicago Bears (4-9)Detroit Lions (2-11-1)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-3)New Orleans Saints (6-7)Atlanta Falcons (6-8)Carolina Panthers (5-9)
Arizona Cardinals (10-4)Los Angeles Rams (9-4)San Francisco 49ers (8-6)Seattle Seahawks (5-8)
The Packers already clinched a playoff berth, and the Cardinals continued skidding down the standings. But what else happened in the NFC?
The Dallas Cowboys defeated the New York Giants 21-6 to inch closer to winning the NFC East title for the first time since 2018. The San Francisco 49ers built off their overtime victory over the Cincinnati Bengals last week by handedly beating the Atlanta Falcons 31-13 on Sunday.
Matchups if the NFL Playoffs started today
Here’s what the NFL Playoffs would look like on the NFC side of the bracket if the season were to end today.
(1) Green Bay Packers — First round bye(2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. (7) Washington Football Team(3) Dallas Cowboys vs. (6) San Francisco 49ers(4) Arizona Cardinals vs. (5) Los Angeles Rams
Teams on the bubble:
(8) Minnesota Vikings(9) Philadelphia Eagles(10) New Orleans Saints(11) Atlanta Falcons(12) Seattle Seahawks(13) Carolina Panthers(14) Chicago Bears(15) New York Giants
NFL Playoff format: How many teams make the postseason?
This season, much like last year, seven teams will be eligible to make the NFL Playoffs from each conference.
NFL Schedule: How many games are there?
There are 18 weeks in the 2021 season, with each team playing 17 games on their schedule.
NFL tiebreaker scenarios
For division and Wild Card record ties, here is how the seeding will be determined, per NFL.com. Here is how teams are seeded:
The division champion with the best record.The division champion with the second-best record.The division champion with the third-best record.The division champion with the fourth-best record.The Wild Card club with the best record.The Wild Card club with the second-best record.The Wild Card club with the third-best record.
Breaking a tie within the division or Wild Card becomes way more complicated, and is determined by any combination of head-to-head record, division record or conference record.