Monday, December 22, 2014

The craziest NFL playoff race I can remember

Take a look at the NFC standings today.  They're nuts.  Five teams are tied for the best record in the conference at 11-4.  With just one week remaining in the season, any one of those five could end up being the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.  And with the exception of the Cowboys (who've clinched the NFC East), four of the other five clubs could fall all the way to the No. 6 and last seed.

The fact that four of of conference's six postseason teams might all still be No. 1, or No. 6 heading in the final game of the year is just silly.  The other weird part about it is that the Wild Card spots are both already clinched.  Everybody else on the outside looking in has been eliminated.

The only playoff spot that's still up for grabs in the NFC is the pathetic South Division champion, which will be selected by default next week when the 6-8-1 Panthers visit the 6-9 Falcons.

The North Division will also be decided by a head-to-head Week 17 matchup, when the Lions take on the Packers in Green Bay.  The NFL has got to be pretty pumped to be handed multiple de facto division title games on the last day of the regular season.

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