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NFC Playoff Picture - Week 17

The top seed is still alive for the Cardinals heading into the regular season finale


The Cardinals improved to 13-2 on the season and wrapped up a first-round bye with their 38-8 blowout victory over the Packers on Sunday. The playoff field is set, but the teams are still jockeying for position. Here is a look at the NFC playoff picture with one week to go.

Current standings:

1) Carolina Panthers (14-1) – The Panthers' shot at a perfect season ended on Sunday with a road loss to the Falcons.

2) Arizona Cardinals (13-2) – The Cardinals battered the Packers and are tied with the Chiefs for the NFL's longest current winning streak at nine games.

3) Green Bay Packers (10-5) – Green Bay needs to rebound from last week's embarrassing loss as the Vikings head to Lambeau with the NFC North title on the line.

4) Washington Redskins (8-7) – Washington wrapped up the NFC East with a rout of the Eagles last week and seems to be clicking as the playoffs beckon.

5) Minnesota Vikings (10-5) – Minnesota pasted the Giants last time out to clinch a playoff berth and has averaged 43.5 points over its past two games.

6) Seattle Seahawks (9-6) – Seattle's five-game winning streak was snapped by the Rams and the two-time defending NFC champions are in danger of entering the postseason as the lowest seed.

In the hunt: None. The playoff teams are set.

What's on the line for the Cardinals: The Cardinals know they get a first-round bye and a divisional round home game, but the top seed is still in play after the Panthers lost to the Falcons. Carolina has to lose again – they play the Buccaneers at home – and the Cardinals need to beat the Seahawks in Week 17 for the teams to flip spots. The Cardinals would win the tiebreaker by virtue of a better conference record. The chances are slim the Panthers lose again, so the most likely scenario is that the Cardinals finish as the No. 2 seed heading into the playoffs.

Images of the Cardinals cheerleaders during the Week 16 victory over the Packers

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