. . . 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?