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Monday, December 3, 2012
BBAO: Re-setting NFC playoff seedings

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It's amazing how much happened Sunday between about 3:45 p.m. ET and 4:30 p.m. ET.

In that window, the Green Bay Packers cemented a 23-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, their sixth victory in seven games. The Chicago Bears lost a fourth-quarter lead, made a dramatic dash to tie the Seattle Seahawks just before the end of regulation and then lost on the opening drive in overtime. A few minutes later, the Detroit Lions lost on the final play of regulation to the Indianapolis Colts.

So as our ESPN.com playoff standings reflect, the Packers' 8-4 record puts them atop the NFC North. If the postseason began today, they would be the NFC's third seed while the Bears would be the first wild card and the No. 5 seed overall. The Vikings' 6-6 record in essence puts them two games behind in the wild-card race because they lost earlier this season to the Seahawks (7-5).

No NFC North team can clinch a playoff berth in Week 14. If you want to project beyond that point, feel free to use the ESPN.com Playoff Machine.

Let's take our morning tour before I begin the trek back to NFC North headquarters: