Here is the way the NFL playoff picture appears with Negative 15’s Sunday games finish:
x-1. Seattle Seahawks (11-3): NFC West leader. Victory over the Panthers united with Rams’ loss signifies’Hawks will perform in January. San Francisco’s stumble means Seahawks will also be again in place to sponsor a minumum of one playoff match… after a week away. Seattle now has inside advantage for home-field edge as a result of common matches tiebreaker with Packers, whose losses to Eagles and 49ers now particularly damage.
x-2. Green Bay Packers (11-3): NFC European chief. Win over Bears in groups’ 200th meeting was not necessarily fairly but, coupled with subsequent loss by Rams, promises playoff yield for Package. Major Week 16 trip to Minnesota.
y-3. New Orleans Saints (10-3): NFC South champions. Must conquer Colts on Monday to maintain heat on Seahawks, Packers for first-round bye. However New Orleans can not pass Seattle or even Green Bay until Week 16.
4. ) Dallas Cowboys (7-7): NFC East leader. Snapped three-game losing series in fine style by beating Rams, first group Dallas has beaten all year that now sports winning album. Now it is time to concentrate on Eagles (7-7) with branch crown hanging in equilibrium.
x-5. San Francisco 49ers (11-3): Wild card No. 1. They secured into postseason area by virtue of Rams’ loss but can not feel great about it following dreadful defeat to also-ran Falcons knocked Niners from first place in NFC West and place to get a bye.
6. ) Minnesota Vikings (10-4): Wild card No. 2. ) Interesting afternoon for”Skol” lovers as Vikes blasted Bolts while wild-card pursuers (Rams, Bears) both watched their own playoff hopes crushed in defeat.
y-1. Baltimore Ravens (12-2): AFC North champions. Beat Jets on Thursday to clinch division but did not receive any more aid Sunday in bidding to procure first-round bye along with home-field advantage.
x-2. New England Patriots (11-3): AFC East leader. They returned to acquire column and can officially make playoff plans for 11th consecutive season.
y-3. Kansas City Chiefs (10-4): AFC West champions. Remained on heels of Patriots in race to get first-round bye, which goes to K.C. if these groups wind up with same album.
4. ) Houston Texans (9-5): AFC South leader. Massive win in Nashville means that should they win one more match or should Titans lose once again, branch crown will stay in Houston.
x-5. Buffalo Bills (10-4): Wild card No. 1. Win Sunday night place them back into playoffs and places up enormous AFC East showdown in New England in Week 16.
6. ) Pittsburgh Steelers (8-6): Wild card No. 2. Reduction by Tennessee (8-6) guarantees Steelers stay in projected area for time being.
x — clinched berth
y — clinched division
z — clinched first-round bye
zz — clinched home-field benefit
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