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NFL Playoff Picture Heading Into Last Week

This upcoming weekend is the last slate of games before playoff time. Find out who needs to win and who needs to lose in order for your favorite team to either lock in a high seed, or get in the post season altgother.

With only one week left in the NFL regular season, a lot remains undecided before playoff time. While the majority of question marks revolve around seeding in both the AFC and NFC, there is still a couple of very meaningful games left to be played.

For those of you looking for an early playoff-like atmosphere, tune into the Washington Redskins/Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday. The winner of said matchup gets the NFC East crown while the loser is more than likely entering the offseason a little sooner than hoped.

Below is a complete list of what is at stake for all the potential playoff teams and those that have already punched their ticket.

 

NFC

Atlanta Falcons (13-2): Have locked up the No. 1 seed in the NFC and have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Green Bay Packers (11-4): Will stay in the No. 2 seed with a win against the Vikings on Sunday. A loss coupled with a 49ers win, will push the Packers into the No. 3 seed.

San Francisco 49ers (10-4-1): The 49ers can end up as high as the No. 2 seed and as low as the No. 5 seed depending on Sunday's outcome. A San Francisco win and a Packers loss will move the team into the No. 2 spot. A San Francisco loss and a Seahawks win would drop the 49ers into the No. 5 seed.

Washington Redskins (9-6): Washington can clinch the NFC East with a win against Dallas on Sunday. If they lose, they can still grab the No. 6 seed with a Vikings and Bears loss on Sunday.

Dallas Cowboys (8-7): Can clinch the NFC East with a win against the Redskins on Sunday. Dallas cannot make the playoffs via the wild card.

Wild Card
Seattle Seahawks (10-5): The Seahawks can claim the NFC West with a win and a San Francisco loss. Seattle already has at least the No. 5 seed locked up.

Minnesota Vikings (9-6): Minnesota would clinch the No. 6 seed with a win against the Packers on Sunday. If they lose, Minnesota could still make the playoffs if the Bears, Giants and Cowboys all lose on Sunday as well.

Chicago Bears (9-6): Chicago would clinch the No. 6 seed with a win and a Vikings loss. A Chicago loss eliminates them from the playoffs.

New York Giants (9-7): The Giants can clinch the No. 6 seed with a win and a Vikings, Bears and Cowboys loss on Sunday.
 

AFC

Houston Texans (12-3): Houston can lock up the No. 1 seed with a win against the Colts or a loss by both the Broncos and Patriots. They can fall to the No. 3 seed with a loss and a Broncos and Pats win on Sunday.

Denver Broncos (12-3): Denver would become the No. 1 seed with a win and a Texans loss. They would fall to the No. 3 seed with a loss and a Patriots win on Sunday.

New England Patriots (11-4): New England would become the No. 1 seed with a win and a Denver and Houston loss on Sunday. The Patriots would drop to the No. 4 seed with a loss to the Dolphins, and a Ravens win against the Bengals on Sunday.

Baltimore Ravens (10-5): Baltimore can move up to the No. 3 seed with a win and a Patriots loss. They can not go lower than the No. 4 seed.

Wild Card
Indianapolis Colts (10-5)/Cincinnati Bengals (9-6): Neither team can move up or down and have the No.5 and No. 6 seeds already locked up.

James LeBeau is a sports contributor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.

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