The NFC Playoff Picture . . .

. . . is clear as mud, so there’s little reason to plan ahead. In the NFC, every game has some sort of playoff implication. In a bit of scheduling mastery, Dallas and Philly meet to determine the winner of the NFC East (the east sucks, but Philly’s coming on), and Green Bay and Chicago meet to determine the winner of the NFC North (speaking of suck…). Other than that, the NFC West is still up for grabs as Seattle has choked their shot at clinching these past few games, and the Niners have kept up the pace. The Niners face AZ on the road, always a tough deal as they are fighting for their playoff lives, and Seattle faces the semi-upstart Rams, who themselves have flip-flopped between great and awful. The scheduling Gods also start these games at the same time, so there will be major scoreboard-watching going on.

Carolina and Nawlins are still fighting for the NFC East, and NO seems to have an advantage playing TB at home. NO wins the division due to a better division record. Carolina is playing a pissed off Stlanta team that was 70 seconds from a hard-fought road win over the 49ers, only to see it evaporate in a final piece of Candlestick magic.

The Niners are the 1 seed if we win, Sea loses, and Carolina loses. We’d be 2 if we win, and Sea loses. If Sea wins and NO loses, we are the 5. If we lose, and NO AND Carolina win, we are the 6. AZ needs the most help, but if they win and Nawlins loses, then AZ is the 6th seed. The Niners would be the 5 based on a better division record than AZ.

Clear as mud, eh?

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25 Responses to The NFC Playoff Picture . . .

  1. Aaron Rodgers is starting Sunday vs da Bears. So if the Pack win, we’re headin’ to GB in the WC game. (5 vs 4) UNLESS…you wanna think outside the box like I do and hope to hell DAL wins with Kyle Orton and we LOSE to Arizona. Would you rather play Aaron Rodgers in GB outdoors or Kyle Orton and the Dallas indoors? Thank you.

    Go Cowboys and Go Cardinals!

  2. unca_chuck says:

    With fans like you Dennis, why bother?

  3. snarkk says:

    I’d rather the Niners play Dallas than Green Bay in 5 degree above weather. However, since the Niners are a run first team, I’m less leary of Green Bay than I might be. I just don’t like the idea of it. Playing Dallas again in a meaningful playoff game gets more of my interest. Particularly since I think the Niner D would thrash the “Boys…

  4. NoFear49er says:

    Pretty ridiculous for “the playoffs”. Between two teams with no defense and QBs that are out with injuries?

    Flip a coin. Too bad we even have to show up for the walk-through. Exposure to injury either way. I guess having to pack cold weather crap could be the tipper.

  5. 12th man says:

    Lowell Cohn thinks the Niners are the best team in the NFC….kiss of death?

  6. Chuck, if you think the Niners would have an easier time beating Rodgers in frigid GB then Kyle Orton in a dome you’re now crowned King of the Mooks. And if the only way of getting Orton rather then Rodgers is having to root to lose against Arizona, you’re goddamn right I will. You’re not thinking big picture. And as I’ve mentioned before, the last seven teams to win the Super Bowl lost one of their last two regular season games. You wanna make it eight in a row? Take a dump in Arizona.

    • unca_chuck says:

      If you live your life around random events like that, Dennis, how do you get out of bed in the morning? Gimme a fucking break. No one won a pre-London game and then a London game. Til we did. Big fucking deal. I’d love to play Dallas. A chance to obliterate them in Jerry dome would make me very happy.

      The only first round team that would be troublesome would be Philly. In a snowstorm. If we are 5 or 6. Then again, we run well, so even that wouldn’t worry me too much. The point being, we could face any number of teams. Except for Seattle or AZ. We may get the bye, we may not. The only certainty is we are not the 4 or 5 seed. We are either 1, 2, 5, or 6.

  7. w/o Rodgers GB was going to open as a 4 1/2 pt dog. With him they’re a 3 pt favorite. He’s worth 7 1/2 pts alone. But let’s play Rodgers rather then Orton. Take a dump.

  8. Chicago could make this entire point moot if they just beat GB Sunday. Cutler is 1-8 vs GB.
    Take a dump.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Or SF could win the division and get a 1st round bye.

  10. 12th man says:

    Whitner wasnt fined for his flagged hit on Jackson. Maybe the Zebras should start giving Whitner the benefit of the doubt? The guy hits hard but clean.

  11. 12th man says:

    Spam filter?

  12. snarkk says:

    NFL had decided Whitner is not to be fined for his hard hit that was flagged the other night. These idiotic ref calls will cost somebody a playoff game. Only a matter of time. Put these calls subject to red hanky review…

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, I think this offseason something is done about these calls being reviewable.

    Whitner’s hit was clean. If these penalties are to be called all the time, they need to be reviewable.

    • 12th man says:

      Whitner had 1 flag in 2012 and 1 in 2011. 4 flags this year, 3 without fines and 1 he was fined but it was overturned on appeal so 0 $ paid. Maybe Whitner deserves the benefit of the doubt from the zebras? You would think they would do their homework before a game and see Whitner is exemplary in his technique. A hard hitting but clean player.

  14. 12th man says:

    I think word press filter is hungry Chuck.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, still don’t know what it picks up to hold comments. And I can’t agree more. Whitner’s hit fine goes away, and it’s supposed to be OK now? Well, it isn’t.

    Thinng is, the refs go intoi games looking to flag certain people. Willis’ hit was exactly the same but Willis’ rep is as a clean player so he doesn’t get flagged. Whitner? Different rep, flag.

    • 12th man says:

      Unfair rep on Whitner. His flags from prior years were not for illegal hits either. He has no record of cheap shots period, the guy just hits hard and in today’s NFL it draws a flag. I agree with Bellicheat, allow any penalty to be reviewed up to a maximum of 3 per half.

      These are game changing penalties being called. 15 yds and the difference between getting off the field on 3rd down or putting the opposition in field goal range with a fresh set of downs is huge.

      It is the vague rules with subjective calling and being told to err on the side of caution that is at fault. How can they err on the side of caution? It is the right call or the wrong call, not we think it may have been clean but just in case we are throwing the flag.

      Bad calls have always existed. The difference is the quantity and type of bad calls based on inadequate rule changes. As you said before Chuck, these calls used to be a handful each year and were discussed around the cooler even into the following season as they stood out, now they are frequent every week.

      Review is the only remedy given the way Goodie wants the game played. I strongly think they should leave the amount of challenges the same though, I don’t want all these extra delays to an already slow game now that advertising has become the priority over the live experience.

  16. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up . . .

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