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2016 NFL Playoff Picture: The NFC playoff contenders come into focus

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NFL: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals put a large dent in their playoff chances with a loss to the Atlanta Falcons, leaving them tumbling down the playoff standings, and putting even more teams between them and their goal of the playoffs in 2016.

Let’s take a look at the 2016 NFC Playoff Standings.

Dallas Cowboys 10-1

Seattle Seahawks 7-3-1

The top two teams stay the same, but the Seahawks found a way to come back to earth and the pack with a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Cardinals couldn’t handle their own business though, as they sit three games back of the Seahawks still.

It would be a huge upset at this point if the Dallas Cowboys are not a top seed, but the New York Giants are close enough to keep it interesting.

Detroit Lions 7-4

Atlanta Falcons 7-4

Both the Lions and Falcons strengthened their holds on their respective leads atop their divisions with wins. The Falcons are a game clear of the Bucs with a game in hand, so they are basically two games up. Meanwhile the Lions have a one game lead on the Minnesota Vikings with the seasons series won, so they as well have basically a two game lead over the entire division.

New York Giants 7-3

Washington Redskins 6-4-1

The Giants have a commanding lead in the Wild Card race now, sitting two games up on their closest rival in the hunt, while they hold a one game lead over the Skins.

In the Hunt

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-5

Minnesota Vikings 6-5

Philadelphia Eagles 5-5

New Orleans Saints 5-6

Arizona Cardinals 4-6-1

Green Bay Packers 4-6

The Bucs, yes those Bucs, are one game out of a Wild Card, along with the Vikings. The Eagles have a massive game tonight against the Green Bay Packers. If the Eagles win they will stay in the fight with one game behind the Skins, if they lose, they fall into a huge glut of teams with six losses, including the Arizona Cardinals and the Packers team they will have just lost too.

Still Technically In

Carolina Panthers 4-7

Los Angeles Rams 4-7

Chicago Bears 2-9


San Francisco 49ers 1-10