There is one playoff berth left to be decided in the NFC and the Redskins can claim that prize with a win on Sunday. But there is still more to be sorted out including who the Redskins would play in the first round of the playoffs should they qualify.
The Cowboys are locked in as the No. 1 seed; they will get a first-round bye and the road to the Super Bowl will go through AT&T Stadium. The only other seed decided is the Giants as the No. 5 seed, the top wild card. They will travel to play the No. 4 seed, the lowest-seeded division winner, next weekend.
So the second, third, fourth, and sixth seeds are up in the air. If the Redskins win tomorrow and there is a winner and a loser in the Lions-Packers game they will get that No. 6 seed. They would travel to play the No. 3 seed and that spot is fluid now with the possibility that one of four teams could end up there.
Those four teams are the Lions, Packers, Falcons, and Seahawks. The Falcons and Seahawks have locked up the NFC South and NFC West, respectively. The Packers are three-point favorites at Detroit Sunday night while the Falcons are -7 at home over the Saints and the Seahawks are giving 9.5 at the 49ers.
If the favorites prevail, Falcons will be the No. 2 seed with the Seahawks the third and the Packers the fourth. But if Atlanta gets upset and Seattle wins, the Seahawks get the second seed and the week off that goes with it.
The Lions are a longer shot for the No. 2 seed, needing a win and losses by both Atlanta and Seattle to get there. The Packers can earn no better than the three seed if they beat the Lions.
If the Seahawks win, they are guaranteed no worse than the No. 3 seed.
There are other possibilities that include ties and those aren’t worth discussing. If the Redskins can grab that six seed, their possible opponents in order of likelihood are:
The Redskins opponent could be decided by the time their game against the Giants is over. Both the Falcons and Seahawks play in the same late afternoon window and if they both win, the Redskins will know they are headed to Seattle if they get in. If one or both lose they will have to wait until the conclusion of Lions-Packers to find out where they may be headed.