Green Bay Packers: 2nd Seed in NFC Is Very Possible

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIDecember 18, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 16:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers rolls out to look for a receiver chased by Nick Roach #53 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 16, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 21-13.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers were able to win last week against the Chicago Bears 21-13.  The win clinched the NFC North for the Packers, giving them a guaranteed spot in the playoffs.

With the NFC North locked up, the Packers now have another spot in their sights.  The Packers will look to finish the year with the second seed in the NFC.  This would give the Packers a first-round bye in the playoffs.

The Packers are at 10-4 on the year, giving them a shot at taking the second seed.  The remaining games will be relatively easy as they will play the Tennessee Titans and the Minnesota Vikings

The Titans have struggled this year due to some growing pains with Jake Locker.  The Packers will be able to take advantage of the young quarterback, and should comfortably win the game.

The Vikings are being carried entirely by Adrian Peterson this year.  The Packers showed that even if Peterson runs over 200 yards, the Vikings will still find ways to lose.  The Packers should be able to pull out this one.

The San Francisco 49ers are currently ahead of the Packers at 10-3-1.  In order for the Packers to take the second seed, the 49ers will need to lose at least once.  The 49ers have remaining games against the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals.

The Seahawks have a good chance to beat the 49ers, as they are on of the hottest teams in the NFL right now.  The have won three straight, and have scored over 50 points in two straight games. 

The 49ers had trouble earlier this year against the Seahawks, only winning 13-6.  If the Seahawks can make adjustments, an upset is very possible.

The Arizona Cardinals had lost nine straight games before winning last week against the Detroit Lions.  It's hard to believe they will be able to beat the 49ers, so a lot will be riding on this week against Seattle.

If the Packers don't earn a first-round bye this year, it will be hard to not think about the game in Week 3 against Seattle.  The "Fail Mary" very well may cause the Packers to lose the second seed in the playoffs.

Regardless of where the Packers end up in the playoffs, they are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now.  If they can continue to heat up as injured players return, this could be the scariest team coming out of the NFC.