In the last several minutes, the playoff picture in the NFC has become more clear.
The Vikings clinched the NFC North title by virtue of a Ryan Longwell 50-yard field goal to beat the Giants, 20-19, as time expired. The Vikings are the No. 3 seed.
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.
With the losses by both the Bucs and Bears, the final NFC playoff spot — the No. 6 seed — will be filled by the winner of the Cowboys-Eagles game. The Falcons had already clinched at least a playoff spot, and will now be the No. 5 seed as a wild card.