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Monday, December 6, 2010
BBAO: Updated playoff seedings

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over, and thankful to see the resolution of an Upper Midwest broadband outage:

As we put a wrap on Week 13 in the NFC North, we note a slight change in the NFC playoff picture. If the season ended today, the Green Bay Packers still wouldn't qualify for the playoffs. But as ESPN.com's handy playoff standings page shows, the Packers have jumped to No. 7 in the six-team race. The top 10 NFC teams based on playoff seedings, as of Monday morning and including the Minnesota Vikings:

1. Atlanta Falcons (10-2)
2. Chicago Bears (9-3)
3. Philadelphia Eagles (8-4)
4. St. Louis Rams (6-6)
5. New Orleans Saints (9-3)
6. New York Giants (8-4)
7. Green Bay Packers (8-4)
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5)
9. Seattle Seahawks (6-6)
10. Minnesota Vikings (5-7)

The Giants would earn a playoff berth over the Packers because of their conference record, but the Packers can rectify that situation in Week 16 in the teams' head-to-head matchup. Meanwhile, by virtue of their No. 2 seed and their Week 12 defeat of the Philadelphia Eagles, the Bears have a nice chance to earn a first-round playoff bye if they continue winning.

More to come throughout the week. But first, our morning spin around the division: