NFC playoff scenarios: How Seahawks can clinch 1st-round bye Week 17

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Liz Mathews
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The Seattle Seahawks won the NFC West division title on Sunday with a victory over the Rams at Lumen Field. Despite the change to the playoff structure this season, Seattle still has a slim chance at a first-round bye.

To secure the first-round bye, the Seahawks would need a win against the 49ers in Week 17 AND a loss from the Packers AND a loss or tie by the Saints.

Here’s a look at the rest of the playoff scenarios in the NFC this week.

ARIZONA CARDINALS at L.A. Rams

Arizona clinches playoff berth with:

  1. ARI win OR

  2. ARI tie + CHI loss

CHICAGO BEARS vs. Green Bay

Chicago clinches playoff berth with:

  1. CHI win OR

  2. ARI loss OR

  3. CHI tie + ARI tie

DALLAS COWBOYS at N.Y. Giants

Dallas clinches NFC East division title with:

  1. DAL win + WAS loss or tie OR

  2. DAL tie + WAS loss

GREEN BAY PACKERS at Chicago

Green Bay clinches the first-round bye with:

  1. GB win or tie OR

  2. SEA loss or tie

LOS ANGELES RAMS vs. Arizona

Los Angeles clinches playoff berth with:

  1. LAR win or tie OR

  2. CHI loss or tie

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS at Carolina

New Orleans clinches the first-round bye with:

  1. NO win + GB loss + SEA win

NEW YORK GIANTS vs. Dallas

New York clinches NFC East division title with:

  1. NYG win + WAS loss

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS at San Francisco

Seattle clinches the first-round bye with:

  1. SEA win + GB loss + NO loss or tie

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM at Philadelphia

Washington clinches NFC East division title with:

  1. WAS win OR

  2. WAS tie + DAL loss or tie

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