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NFC playoff picture: Teams decided, Panthers loss gives Cardinals shot at top seed

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We know who in the NFC is in the postseason. We just don't know seeding yet.

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The NFC playoff picture is set in terms of teams. However, we do not yet know how the seeding will fall. A couple of upsets put five of the six seeds up for grabs. The Carolina Panthers lost for the first time this season, falling 20-13 to the Atlanta Falcons. The Arizona Cardinals clinched a playoff bye and at least the number two seed with a 38-8 win over the Green Bay Packers. The Seattle Seahawks lost to the St. Louis Rams 23-17, falling to the Rams for the second time this season and ending their winning streak.

The only team set in its seed is the Washington Redskins, who clinched the NFC East title with a 38-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Washington will have the four seed no matter the outcome of next week's game.

Here are the NFC playoff standings right now:

1. Carolina Panthers, 14-1
2. Arizona Cardinals, 13-2
3. Green Bay Packers, 10-5
4. Washington Redskins, 8-7
5. Minnesota Vikings, 10-5
6. Seattle Seahawks, 9-6

Carolina can clinch the top seed and home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17. However, if they lose and the Arizona Cardinals beat the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona will land the top seed and Carolina will have the second seed.

The NFC North will be decided on Sunday Night Football. The winner of the Packers/Vikings contest will have the number three seed.

Green Bay will be the three seed with a win and the five seed with a loss.

Minnesota will be the three seed with a win, but if they lose, they can be either the five or the six seed, depending on the outcome of the game between the Cardinals and Seahawks.

Seattle will have the number five seed if they win and the Vikings lose. If Green Bay loses to Minnesota, Seattle will have the six seed, win or lose. If Seattle loses, they will end up the six seed and travel to the winner of the NFC North.