The final look of the NFC playoff picture rests on the results from Lincoln Financial Field, where the Cowboys have unraveled and trail the Eagles 44-3. The winner of the contest becomes the No. 6 seed in the NFC. What it means is that the NFC playoff bracket is nearly set.
The Panthers defeated the Saints, 33-31, clinching the NFC South title and the No. 2 seed in the NFC with a first-round bye. The Panthers join the Giants, the NFC’s top seed, with a bye in the first round.
The Vikings clinched the NFC North title Sunday by virtue of a Ryan Longwell 50-yard field goal (video) to beat the Giants, 20-19, as time expired. The Vikings are locked in as the No. 3 seed, and would host the sixth-seeded Eagles in the wild-card round.
By virtue of Carolina’s win, the Falcons are the No. 5 seed and will face the fourth-seeded Cardinals on the road.