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Updated: December 29th, 2012 11:20am
How eight NFC teams can impact their playoff spots, seeds on Sunday

How eight NFC teams can impact their playoff spots, seeds on Sunday

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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It's win-and-in for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday against Green Bay. But that's not the only scenario that can put them in the postseason.

Four NFC teams -- Atlanta, Green Bay, San Francisco and Seattle -- have clinched their spots heading into the regular season's final day. Only the Falcons, who have clinched home-field advantage, and Packers have wrapped up division titles.

Here is the full breakdown of scenarios, per the NFL, for how the other seeds can be sorted out:

Green Bay (at Minnesota)

Green Bay clinches a first-round bye with:

1) GB win OR

2) GB tie + SF loss or tie OR

3) SF loss + SEA loss or tie

San Francisco (vs. Arizona)

San Francisco clinches NFC West division with:

1) SF win or tie OR

2) SEA loss or tie

San Francisco clinches a first-round bye with:

1) SF win + GB loss or tie OR

2) SF tie + GB loss

Seattle (vs. St. Louis)

Seattle clinches NFC West division with:

1) SEA win + SF loss

Seattle clinches a first-round bye with:

1) SEA win + SF loss + GB loss

Washington (vs. Dallas)

Washington clinches NFC East division with:

1) WAS win or tie

Washington clinches a playoff spot with:

1) CHI loss + MIN loss

Dallas (at Washington)

Dallas clinches NFC East division with:

1) DAL win

New York Giants (vs. Philadelphia)

New York clinches a playoff spot with:

1) NYG win + DAL loss or tie + CHI loss + MIN loss

Vikings (vs. Green Bay)

Minnesota clinches a playoff spot with:

1) MIN win OR

2) MIN tie + CHI loss or tie OR

3) DAL loss or tie + NYG loss or tie + CHI loss

Chicago (at Detroit)

Chicago clinches a playoff spot with:

1) CHI win + MIN loss or tie OR

2) CHI tie + MIN loss

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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