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Monday, December 8, 2008
NFC playoff picture

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The folks at ESPN Stats & Analysis just passed along the NFC playoff picture. as it stands heading into Monday night's game between Carolina and Tampa Bay.

NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE
1. Giants 11-2 (clinched division)2. Buccaneers 9-3
3. Vikings 8-5
4. Cardinals 8-5 (clinched division)
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5. Panthers 9-3
6. Cowboys 8-5 (better conf record than ATL)
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7. Falcons 8-5
8. Eagles 7-5-1
9. Redskins 7-6
10. Bears 7-6
11. Saints 7-6

The Giants have clinched based on the 3rd tiebreaker (best win percentage in common games). New York and Dallas could both finish 11-5, split head-to-head meetings and have the same record within the NFC East, but the Giants are 7-1 against the Rams, Bengals, Seahawks, Browns, 49ers, Steelers, Ravens and Cardinals. The Cowboys are 4-3 against the same opponents (will play the Ravens Week 16).