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NFC Playoff Picture: NFL Week 18 Postseason Clinching Scenarios

Six teams in the NFC have already clinched a playoff berth, leaving just one last wild-card spot remaining. This is where each team stacks up going into Week 18, along with their clinching scenarios:

Key: x-clinched playoff berth, y-clinched division, z-clinched first-round bye

NFC Playoff Picture

Current Top 7 Seeds

1. x-Philadelphia Eagles (13-3) 

The Eagles can clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs by beating the Giants in Week 18.

Week 18 clinching scenarios: Philadelphia can clinch the No. 1 seed with: PHI win or SF loss + DAL loss; Philadelphia can clinch NFC East with: PHI win or DAL loss.

Week 18 opponent: vs. Giants

2. yx-San Francisco 49ers (12-4) 

The 49ers moved to the No. 2 seed after beating the Raiders, 37-34, in overtime.

Week 18 clinching scenario: San Francisco can clinch the No. 1 seed with: SF win + PHI loss.

Week 18 opponent: vs. Cardinals

3. yx-Minnesota Vikings (12-4) 

Week 17: The Vikings dropped to the No. 3 seed after losing to the Packers, 41-17. The Vikings have been eliminated from contention for the No. 1 seed.

Week 18 clinching scenario: Minnesota can clinch the No. 2 seed with: MIN win + SF loss.

Week 18 opponent: at Bears

Week 17: The Buccaneers clinched the NFC South by beating the Panthers, 30-24. They are locked into the No. 4 seed and will host a wild-card playoff game against the No. 5 seed.

Week 18 clinching scenario: None.

Week 18 opponent: at Atlanta

5. x-Dallas Cowboys (12-4) 

Week 17: The Cowboys beat the Titans on Thursday, 27-13. With the Eagles’ loss to the Saints, Dallas has an outside chance to win the NFC East and is still in the mix for the No. 1 seed.

Week 18 clinching scenarios: Dallas can clinch the No. 1 seed with: DAL win + PHI loss + SF loss; Dallas can clinch the NFC East with: DAL win + PHI loss.

Week 18 opponent: at Commanders

6. x-New York Giants (9-6-1) 

Week 17: The Giants clinched their first playoff berth since 2016 by beating the Colts, 38-10. They are locked into the No. 6 seed and will go on the road in the wild-card round against the No. 3 seed.

Week 18 clinching scenario: None.

Week 18 opponent: at Eagles

7. Seattle Seahawks (8-8)

Week 17: The Seahawks stayed alive by beating the Jets, 23-6. They’ll need some help to get into the playoffs.

Week 18 clinching scenario: Seattle can clinch a playoff berth with: SEA win + GB loss.

Week 18 opponent: vs. Rams

In the Hunt

8. Detroit Lions (8-8)

Week 17: The Lions remained alive by beating the Bears, 41-10. They’ll need some help to get into the playoffs.

Week 18 clinching scenario: Detroit can clinch a playoff berth with: DET win + SEA loss.

Week 18 opponent: at Packers

9. Green Bay Packers (8-8) 

Week 17: The Packers control their own destiny after beating the Vikings, 41-17.

Week 18 clinching scenario: Green Bay can clinch a playoff berth with: GB win.

Week 18 opponent: vs. Lions

Eliminated

10. Washington Commanders (7-8-1)

11. New Orleans Saints (7-9)

12. Carolina Panthers (6-10)

13. Los Angeles Rams (5-11)

14. Atlanta Falcons (6-10)

15. Arizona Cardinals (4-12)

16. Chicago Bears (3-13)

 

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