Week 16 brought some answers to the NFC playoff picture.
Both the Cowboys' and Lions' playoff hopes were brought to a screeching halt Sunday after they both suffered losses.
While the No. 1 seed is locked in and the No. 2 seed will most likely remain the Vikings' after their Week 17 matchup against the Bears, we could see some shifting from the third seed all the way to the sixth and final seed.
The NFL has flexed several 1:00 p.m. ET games to the 4:25 p.m. ET slot including Panthers-Falcons and Saints-Buccaneers. All playoff contending games will now be played at 4:25 p.m. ET with no Sunday night matchup.
Ahead of Week 17, let's take a look at all the possibilities.
NFC PLAYOFF BRACKET PROJECTION:
#1 Philadelphia Eagles (13-2) vs. lowest winning seed from NFC Wild Card round
#2 Minnesota Vikings (12-3) vs. highest winning seed from NFC Wild Card round
#3 Los Angeles Rams (11-4) vs. #6 Atlanta Falcons (9-6)
#4 New Orleans Saints (11-4) vs. #5 Carolina Panthers (11-4)
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (#1 seed)
Record/Division Record: 13-2/5-0
Remaining Games: vs. Cowboys (8-7)
Playoff Scenarios: The biggest issue for the Eagles right now is making it to the Super Bowl with Nick Foles under center.
They have already clinched the NFC East and home-field advantage throughout. Don't be surprised if head coach Doug Pederson benches many of his starters in a practically meaningless game.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (#2 seed)
Record/Division Record: 12-3/ 4-1
Remaining Games: vs. Bears (5-10)
Playoff Scenarios: The Vikings clinched the NFC North division and are now looking for a first-round bye. To do that they need a
-Win or tie OR
-Panthers loss or tie OR
-Saints win OR
LOS ANGELES RAMS (#3 seed)
Record/Division Record: 11-4/4-1
Remaining Games: vs. 49ers (5-10)
Playoff Scenarios: The Rams have clinched the NFC West and just like the Eagles, this is a pretty meaningless game. They've secured the 3rd or 4th seed no matter the outcome on Sunday.
Once we get into the postseason it will be very interesting to see what the youngest coach ever in the NFL has drawn up.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (#4 seed)
Remaining Games: @Buccaneers (4-11)
Playoff Scenarios: One thing the Saints have that their fellow NFC teams ranked above them do not have is a veteran quarterback. A quarterback that has six playoffs and a Super Bowl under his belt.
They've clinched a playoff berth and now are playing for the NFC South, which can happen a few ways.
-Panthers loss OR
-Tie + Panthers tie
CAROLINA PANTHERS (#5 seed)
Remaining Games: @Falcons (9-6)
Playoff Scenarios: Cam Newton and the Panthers clinched a playoff berth in Week 16 and are now headed to the ATL to face Matt Ryan and the Falcons.
Oddly enough, they could go as high as the No. 2 seed with a win and losses from the Saints, Vikings and Rams. We wouldn't count on that happening.
The real battle this week will be clinching the NFC South; something they will have to steal from the Saints who are facing the 4-11 Buccaneers.
-Win + Saints loss or tie OR
-Tie + Saints loss
Clinch first-round bye:
Win + Saints loss or tie + Vikings loss + Chargers loss or tie
ATLANTA FALCONS (#6 seed)
Remaining Games: vs. Panthers (11-4)
Playoff Scenarios: This will be a very interesting game.
Why? The Falcons are fighting to keep their No. 6 spot. A win against the Panthers is the easiest way in with the Seahawks on their tails. To see January football they'll need a
-Seahawks loss OR
-Tie + Seahawks tie
STILL IN THE HUNT:
7. Seattle Seahawks
Remaining Games: vs. Cardinals (7-8)
Playoff Scenarios: The Seahawks are the only team in the NFC still in the hunt, and with an up-and-down season, they could oddly enough still take the No. 6 seed.
Seahawks fans will also want to become Panthers fans on Sunday.
Clinch a playoff berth:
-Win + Falcons loss or tie OR
-Tie + Falcons loss
San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys.