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NFC Playoff Picture: Week 15

After loss to Rams, Cardinals fall to third in seeding


The Cardinals no longer hold the first-round playoff bye position in the NFC or the league's best record. With four games remaining, here is a look at how the conference's playoff picture is shaping up.

No. 1 Green Bay Packers (10-3): Since Green Bay owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Cardinals, they regained the NFC's top seed following the Cardinals' loss to the Rams on Monday. Green Bay will face Baltimore in Week 15.

No. 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-3): Tampa Bay has won four consecutive games and is on Green Bay's heels for the conference's No.1 seed. The teams have identical records, but Green Bay has the better conference record, which gives them a leg up in the standings. With a victory against New Orleans in Week 15, Tampa Bay can clinch the NFC South title for the first time since 2007.

No. 3 Arizona Cardinals (10-3): The Cardinals dropped to third in the standings following their loss to the Rams on Monday. Their lead in the NFC West also shrunk with the loss, although the Cards own a game-and-a-half lead in the tiebreaker between the teams (division games) as well as one game in the standings. The Cardinals will face Detroit in Week 15.

No. 4 Dallas Cowboys (9-4): Dallas now has a three-game lead over the Washington Football Team in NFC East. after beating them Sunday. With a win against the Giants in Week 15 and the help of Tampa Bay defeating New Orleans, Dallas would clinch a playoff spot.

No. 5 Los Angeles Rams (9-4): The Rams trimmed the Cardinals' division lead following their 30-23 victory at State Farm Stadium on Monday. With the win, the Rams chances of making the postseason jumped from 87 percent to a near lock. Los Angeles will face Seattle in Week 15.

No. 6 San Francisco 49ers (7-6): San Francisco's overtime victory over Cincinnati in Week 14 put them over .500 for the second time this season. San Francisco will host Atlanta in Week 15.

No. 7 Washington Football Team (6-7): The Washington Football Team's loss to Dallas on Sunday put them three games behind Dallas in the NFC East race, all but killing their chance to capture the division crown. On the bright side, Washington remains in the playoff picture, heading into a Week 15 matchup with the Eagles.

In the Hunt: Minnesota Vikings (6-7), Philadelphia Eagles (6-7), Atlanta Falcons (6-7), New Orleans Saints (6-7), Carolina Panthers (5-8), Seattle Seahawks (5-8).

What's on the line for the Cardinals in Week 15: The Cardinals will face Detroit with an opportunity to clinch a playoff spot for the first time since 2015. A victory would also keep the Cardinals on Green Bay's and Tampa Bay's heels in the race for the conference's top seed.