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Post-Week 14 NFC Standings, Playoff Picture

The Green Bay Packers are still in a good position to earn a playoff spot in the NFC, despite their recent loss.

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Despite losing to the New York Giants on Monday Night Football, the Green Bay Packers were able to retain the seventh seed in the NFC this week with help from the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks. As we mentioned earlier in the week, those two teams were the biggest threats to leapfrog the Packers in the standings. Thankfully, they both lost on Sunday — Los Angeles to the Baltimore Ravens and Seattle to the San Francisco 49ers.

That doesn’t mean that the Packers are home safe yet, though. With four more weeks to go, the Packers are now in a six-way tie in the NFC with a 6-7 record, complicating the playoff picture moving forward. Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s take a look at the overall standings in the conference.

NFC Standings Post-Week 14

  1. San Francisco 49ers: 10-3 (NFC West leader)
  2. Dallas Cowboys: 10-3 (NFC East leader)
  3. Detroit Lions: 9-4 (NFC North leader)
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 6-7 (NFC South leader)
  5. Philadelphia Eagles: 10-3
  6. Minnesota Vikings: 7-6
  7. Green Bay Packers: 6-7
  8. Los Angeles Rams: 6-7
  9. Seattle Seahawks: 6-7
  10. Atlanta Falcons: 6-7
  11. New Orleans Saints: 6-7
  12. New York Giants: 5-8
  13. Chicago Bears: 5-8
  14. Washington Commanders: 4-9
  15. Arizona Cardinals: 3-10
  16. Carolina Panthers: 1-12

As far as the tie-breaker scenarios go, the Buccaneers (the fourth seed) play the Packers next week, though, it now appears that Green Bay will be down a few more receivers than initially believed in that matchup. The Packers have head-to-head wins over the Rams (the eighth seed) and the Saints (the 11th seed) but lost to the Falcons (the 10th seed). Among the 6-7 teams, the only squad the Packers haven’t and will not face this season is the Seahawks.

According to NFL rules, if the Packers and Seahawks finish the season with a tied record, here would be the order of the two-way tiebreakers — according to the NFL:

  1. Best win-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  2. Best win-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
  3. Strength of victory in all games.
  4. Strength of schedule in all games.
  5. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed in all games.
  6. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed in all games.
  7. Best net points in conference games.
  8. Best net points in all games.
  9. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  10. Coin toss.

Easy to remember, right?

If you want to think about a potential Packers playoff berth in simple terms, Green Bay holds the seventh seed, so they still control their destiny in a two-way tiebreaker, unless the Falcons (head-to-head tiebreaker) or Seahawks (various possible tie-breakers) also finish undefeated. With the Seahawks playing the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend, that one seems unlikely.

If Green Bay finishes 3-1 down the stretch, the New York Times’ playoff machine still gives the Packers a 90-plus percent chance to make the postseason. Where things start getting hairy is when Green Bay splits their games 2-2, which is when they’ll start needing some help from others to make the playoffs. The good news here? The Packers have the second-easiest remaining strength of schedule in the NFL, by win percentage.

Clearer playoff scenarios will start to unfold as results over the next couple of weeks begin to come in. Until then, it’s time to root for the Packers and against the Buccaneers, Rams, Seahawks, Falcons and Saints whenever possible.