NFL Playoffs: Bottom-Dwelling Teams That Can Alter Postseason Picture in Week 17

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NFL Playoffs: Bottom-Dwelling Teams That Can Alter Postseason Picture in Week 17
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A returning Michael Vick can crush the New York Giants' playoff hopes.

Seeding for the NFL playoffs can fluctuate greatly during this Sunday’s final slew of regular season games, and several last-place teams will determine how the bracket shapes up.

Although all six AFC postseason bids are accounted for, the division champions are all vying for higher positioning, with both first-round byes hanging in the balance.

Anybody who wants to knock off the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC must do so in the Georgia Dome, where the No. 1 seed Falcons are undefeated this year.

After that, no seed is locked up, and two playoff spots still remain up in the air.

Four last-place teams, and a couple of average squads eliminated from playoff contention, will play a pivotal role in clearing up the foggy playoff picture.

For these clubs stuck in the basement, there’s nothing to play for other than pride and the joy of messing up their division rival's path to the Super Bowl. Will they show up to play spoiler or lie down for better draft picks?

Here’s a look at the mediocre teams participating in games with playoff implications during Week 17.

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