Tuesday, December 11, 2012
NFC playoff standings*: Week 14
By Kevin Seifert
Some of you are interested. Some of you hate me for it. But as long as I'm the NFC North blogmaster, we're going to post weekly updates of the NFC playoff standings*.
The Green Bay Packers' loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3 ended in unique and singular fashion, as we discussed a few times last week. Officiating calls impact games every week in the NFL, but I think this is one instance where the ramifications are worth tracking.
As you can see in the chart, five teams' playoff positioning are materially affected by the Seahawks' 14-12 victory in that game. You can refer to the actual standings here. To explain the changes:
- The Packers and San Francisco 49ers would flip seeds between No. 2 and No. 3 in the NFC, which is the difference between a first-round bye.
- The Chicago Bears would be the No. 5 seed instead of No. 6, the difference between playing at the Packers in the wild-card round of the playoffs and playing at the New York Giants. You can decide if that's an advantage or a disadvantage, but it's different nonetheless.
- The Seahawks and Washington Redskins would flip spots, putting the Redskins in the final playoff position as the No. 6 seed and the Seahawks one game outside the playoff circle as the No. 7 seed.
Thanks to Katie Sharp of ESPN Stats & Information for double-checking the tiebreakers*.