All Week 15 playoff games that feature potential playoff teams are complete. In the NFC, we now know half of the teams who will continue on in the postseason beyond Week 17. The Arizona Cardinals, who already guaranteed themselves a spot in the playoffs with a win last week, wrapped up the NFC West title with a 40-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night.
The Seattle Seahawks also punched their ticket for the postseason, defeating Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns 30-13, while Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers also punched their ticket with a 30-20 win over the Raiders.
Carolina moved a step closer to earning the top seed overall and home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a 38-35 thriller of a win over the New York Giants.
Here is how the NFC playoff picture now looks:
1. Carolina Panthers, 14-0
2. Arizona Cardinals, 12-2
3. Green Bay Packers, 10-4
4. Washington Redskins, 7-7
5. Seattle Seahawks, 9-5
6. Minnesota Vikings, 9-5
In the mix: Atlanta Falcons (7-7), Philadelphia Eagles (6-8), New York Giants (6-8)
Carolina needs one win or a Cardinals loss to guarantee themselves the top seed. Arizona needs a win and a Green Bay loss to lock up the second seed. The Packers will lock up the NFC North title with one win and with one Minnesota loss.
The only real question is who will win the NFC East. The Redskins are now alone at the top at 7-7, but they must win next week against the Eagles to clinch. The Eagles can clinch in Week 17 if they win their final two games. It is still a mess.
But at least for now, it looks like the six teams in those spots right now will be the six teams representing the NFC in the postseason.