With the Cowboys loss and Atlanta's win today the Falcon's have clinched a playoff spot and currently hold the number 5 seed. With the Falcon's having a game against the Rams next week they will potentially be 11-5 which neither Tampa Bay nor the Cowboys can climb to.
But let's talk about how crazy the NFC North and #6 wild card spot can become.
The Cowboys play the Eagles and Tampa Bay plays Oakland next week which could decide the #6 seed which Dallas currently holds due to the division tie breaker. But if Dallas loses to the Eagles the two teams division records will be tied and Tampa can get in with either a win (become 10-6) or a loss because they have a better conference record 8-4 (loss takes Bucs to 8-5 compared to potentially Dallas' 7-5).
However, there is one more angle to this twisted story, depending on how the Bears play tonight and next week versus the Texans they can potentially take the NFC North from the Vikings. If the Vikings lost to the Giants and both Tampa and Dallas lose, the Vikings win the Wild Card due to the best division record for the tie breaker.
And, I could be wrong on this and someone please correct me, but if the Card's win next week and both the Vikings and Bears lose their next games the Cards become the number 3 seed due to the better division record for the tie-breaker.
So the Cardinals opponent under the current circumstances is pretty much a lock (Atlanta), while the Vikings or Bears may be playing Dallas, Tampa, or the Vikings or Bears.
What a wild and wacky ride it can be.