Week 17 NFC Playoff Scenarios

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IDecember 27, 2008

Sixteen weeks are gone and one week remains, with many teams vying for the final spots for the NFL post-season. So, without further ado, here are the scenarios for the NFC playoffs.

NFC East

New York Giants -- Clinched Home-field Advantage Throughout the NFC Playoffs.
Dallas Cowboys -- Clinch wild-card with a win OR a tie and Chicago loss or tie and Tampa Bay loss OR a tie and Minnesota loss or tie and Tampa Bay loss OR a tie and Chicago loss and Tampa Bay tie OR a tie and Minnesota loss and Tampa Bay tie.
Philadelphia Eagles -- Clinch wild-card with a win and Tampa Bay loss and Minnesota loss OR a win and Tampa Bay loss and Chicago loss.

NFC South

Carolina Panthers -- Clinched Playoff spot; can clinch division and first-round bye with a win or tie or Atlanta loss or tie.
Atlanta Falcons -- Clinched Playoff spot; can clinch division and first-round bye with a win and a Carolina loss.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Clinch wild-card with a win and Dallas loss or tie OR a tie and Dallas loss and Minnesota loss or tie OR a tie and Dallas loss and Chicago loss or tie OR a tie and Dallas tie and Minnesota tie and Chicago win or tie OR a tie and Dallas tie and Chicago tie and Minnesota win or tie.

NFC North

Minnesota Vikings -- Can clinch NFC North title with a win OR a tie and Chicago loss or tie OR Chicago loss. The Vikings clinch a wild-card spot with a tie and Dallas loss and Tampa Bay loss.
Chicago Bears -- Can clinch the NFC North with a win and Minnesota loss or tie OR a tie and Minnesota loss. The Bears clinch a wild-card spot with a win and Dallas loss or tie and Tampa Bay loss or tie OR a tie and Dallas loss and Tampa Bay loss.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals -- Clinched NFC West Division.



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