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NFC Playoff Picture: Week 17

Cardinals fall to fifth in conference with two games left


The Cardinals are officially in the playoffs again, though their seeding has yet to be determined. With two games remaining, here is a look at how the conference's playoff picture is turning out.

No. 1 Green Bay Packers (12-3): The Packers have the best record in the league and a strong chance to finish with the NFC's top seed after defeating Cleveland Saturday at Lambeau Field. Green Bay will face Minnesota in Week 17.

No. 2 Dallas Cowboys (11-4): The Cowboys clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2018 when Tennessee defeated San Francisco on Thursday. Due to a strength of victory tiebreaker, the Cowboys also clinched the NFC East title before defeating the Washington Football Team Sunday. The victory moved Dallas up in the standings.

No. 3 Los Angeles Rams (11-4): The Rams clinched a playoff berth after defeating Minnesota at U.S. Bank Stadium Sunday. The Rams won four consecutive games since overcoming a three-game losing streak. The Rams are in contention for the top seed in the conference and now in first place in the NFC West. They will face Baltimore in Week 17, and with a win and Cardinals loss, they would clinch the division.

No. 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-4): The Buccaneers defeated Carolina on Sunday to clinch the NFC South crown for the first time since 2007 after squandering the opportunity to do so last week against New Orleans. The Buccaneers also remain in contention to clinch the NFC's top position for the first time in franchise history. They will face the New York Jets in Week 17.

No. 5 Arizona Cardinals (10-5): The Cardinals clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2015 Sunday despite being on a three-game losing streak, thanks to assistance from other teams in the conference. The Cardinals are now second in the NFC West behind Los Angeles. The Cardinals battle the Cowboys in Dallas in Week 17.

No. 6 San Francisco 49ers (8-7): The 49ers' loss to Tennessee on Thursday night was gut-wrenching, but since Minnesota lost to the Rams on Sunday, the Niners remain in the same spot regarding the playoff picture. The 49ers will face Houston in Week 17.

No. 7 Philadelphia Eagles (8-7): The race for the NFC East title might be over for the Eagles, but not their chances of making the playoffs for the first time since 2019. The Eagles have won three straight and six of its last eight after defeating the New York Giants on Sunday. The Eagles will face the Washington Football Team in Week 17.

In the Hunt: Minnesota Vikings (7-8), Atlanta Falcons (7-8), New Orleans (7-8), Washington Football Team (6-9).

What's on the line for the Cardinals in Week 17: The Cardinals' recent struggles might have ended their chances to finish with the No.1 seed, but a victory over Dallas Sunday would keep them alive in the battle for the NFC West title.