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A Look at NFC Playoff Picture Entering Week 12

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings enter Week 12 after a thrilling comeback win of epic proportions against the Broncos.

The victory gave Minnesota (8-3) momentum heading into its bye and helped the team match its win total from a season ago.

A big one in Seattle (8-2) is scheduled for Monday Night Football on Dec. 2.

With each passing week, the NFC Playoff Picture will become clearer.

As of now, Minnesota would be the No. 6 seed and visit No. 3 seed New Orleans (8-2) in the Wild Card Round.

Here’s a look at the NFC standings, along with the remaining schedules, win percentages of upcoming opponents and a status update.

1. San Francisco (9-1)

11/24 GB (8-2)

12/1 @ BAL (8-2)

12/8 @ NO (8-2)

12/15 ATL (3-7)

12/21 LAR (6-4)

12/29 @ SEA (8-2)

Remaining foes’ combined records: 41-19

Opponents’ win percentage: .683

Status: The 49ers have three consecutive games against division leaders to open the toughest remaining schedule of any NFC team. Vikings fans are sure to be pulling for San Francisco this weekend in a game on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

2. Green Bay Packers (8-2)

11/24 @ SF (9-1)

12/1 @ NYG (2-8)

12/8 WAS (1-9)

12/15 CHI (4-6)

12/23 @ MIN (8-3)

12/29 @ DET (3-6-1)

Remaining foes’ combined records: 27-33-1

Opponents’ win percentage: .451

Status: The Packers are tied with the Vikings, Eagles, Lions and Buccaneers for the fewest games against teams with four victories.

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3. New Orleans Saints (8-2)

11/24 CAR (5-5)

12/1 @ ATL (3-7)

12/8 SF (9-1)

12/16 IND (6-4)

12/22 @ TEN (5-5)

12/29 @ CAR (5-5)

Remaining foes’ combined records: 33-27

Opponents’ win percentage: .550

Status: The Saints are tied with the Seahawks for the most remaining games (five) against teams with more than four wins and have three division games remaining. A win Sunday would place them four games ahead of their next-closest competitor for the NFC South.

4. Dallas Cowboys (6-4)

11/24 @ NE (9-1)

11/28 BUF (7-3)

12/5 @ CHI (4-6)

12/15 LAR (5-5)

12/22 @ PHI (5-5)

12/29 WAS (1-9)

Remaining foes’ combined records: 31-29

Opponents’ win percentage: .517

Status: The next couple of games for the Cowboys could shake up the AFC East, NFC East or both.

5. Seattle Seahawks (8-2)

11/24 @ PHI (5-5)

12/2 MIN (8-3)

12/8 @ LAR (5-5)

12/15 @ CAR (5-5)

12/22 AZ (3-7-1)

12/29 SF (9-1)

Remaining foes’ combined records: 35-26-1

Opponents’ win percentage: .573

Status: The Seahawks could overtake the 49ers for first in the NFC West with a win and loss by San Francisco.

Seattle has eked out close games, recording victories by 1 point twice as well as wins by 2, 3, 4 and 6. Back-to-back overtime wins have positioned the Seahawks well to make a run at the NFC West title.

6. Minnesota Vikings (8-3)

11/24 Bye Week

12/2 @ SEA (8-2)

12/8 DET (3-6-1)

12/15 @ LAC (4-7)

12/22 GB (8-2)

12/29 CHI (4-6)

Remaining foes’ combined records: 27-23-1

Opponents’ win percentage: .539

Status: A little R&R is just what our doctors ordered after three consecutive games decided on the final play.

7. Los Angeles Rams (6-4)

11/25 BAL (8-2)

12/1 @ AZ (3-7-1)

12/8 SEA (8-2)

12/15 @ DAL (6-4)

12/21 @SF (9-1)

12/29 AZ (3-7-1)

Remaining foes’ combined records: 37-23-2

Opponents’ win percentage: .612

Status: The NFC West is the most-crowded field this season. The Rams record would be good enough to lead the NFC East and AFC South, but it’s only third in their own division and on the outside looking in at the playoff field.

8. Philadelphia Eagles (5-5)

11/24 SEA (8-2)

12/1 @ MIA (2-8)

12/9 NYG (2-8)

12/15 @ WAS (1-9)

12/22 DAL (6-4)

12/29 @ NYG (2-8)

Remaining foes’ combined records: 21-39

Opponents’ win percentage: .350

Status: The old cliché, the next game is the biggest, is true for the Eagles — at least until Dec. 22 against Dallas.

9. Carolina Panthers (5-5)

11/24 @ NO (8-2)

12/1 WAS (1-9)

12/8 @ ATL (3-7)

12/15 SEA (8-2)

12/22 @ IND (6-4)

12/29 NO (8-2)

Remaining foes’ combined records: 34-26

Opponents’ win percentage: .567

Status: Sunday is as close to a must-win game as there is for the Panthers to have a shot at the NFC South.

10. Chicago Bears (4-6)

11/24 NYG (2-8)

11/28 @ DET (3-6-1)

12/5 DAL (6-4)

12/15 @ GB (8-2)

12/22 KC (7-4)

12/29 @ MIN (8-3)

Remaining foes’ combined records: 34-27-1

Opponents’ win percentage: .556

Status: The Bears have a shot at getting to .500 in the span of five days beginning Sunday, but a tough road in Chicago’s final four would follow.

11. Detroit Lions (3-6-1)

11/24 @ WAS (1-9)

11/28 CHI (4-6)

12/8 @ MIN (8-3)

12/15 TB (3-7)

12/22 @ DEN (3-7)

12/29 GB (8-2)

Remaining foes’ combined records: 27-34

Opponents’ win percentage: .443

Status: A loss by Detroit (or win by Green Bay) will knock the Lions out of contention for the division. A win by the Lions, plus a tie from earlier this season, will help them linger but not closely in the mix for a Wild Card spot.

12. Arizona Cardinals (3-7-1)

11/24 Bye Week

12/1 LAR (6-4)

12/8 PIT (5-5)

12/15 CLE (4-6)

12/22 @ SEA (8-2)

12/29 @ LAR (6-4)

Remaining foes’ combined records: 29-21

Opponents’ win percentage: .580

Status: The Cardinals have lost four in a row, including the past three by a combined 16 points, a margin inflated by a last-play return touchdown on Sunday.

13. Atlanta Falcons (3-7)

11/24 TB (3-7)

11/28 NO (8-2)

12/8 CAR (5-5)

12/15 @ SF (9-1)

12/22 JAX (4-6)

12/29 @ TB (3-7)

Remaining foes’ combined records: 32-28

Opponents’ win percentage: .533

Status: Winners of two in a row, the Falcons might be competing with the Cardinals for the “outsider that no one wants to play” award.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-7)

11/24 @ ATL (3-7)

12/1 @ JAX (4-6)

12/8 IND (6-4)

12/15 @ DET (3-6-1)

12/21 HOU (6-4)

12/29 ATL (3-7)

Remaining foes’ combined records: 25-34-1

Opponents’ win percentage: .425

Status: The Buccaneers have lost five of six after opening 2-2.

15. New York Giants (2-8)

11/24 @ CHI (4-6)

12/1 GB (8-2)

12/9 @ PHI (5-5)

12/15 MIA (2-8)

12/22 @ WAS (1-9)

12/29 PHI (5-5)

Remaining foes’ combined records: 25-35

Opponents’ win percentage: .417

Status: The Giants are trying to hit the reset button after losing six consecutive games on the way to their Week 11 bye. Even if they do, it might be too little too late.

16. Washington Redskins (1-9)

11/24 DET (3-6-1)

12/1 @ CAR (5-5)

12/8 @ GB (8-2)

12/15 PHI (5-5)

12/22 NYG (2-8)

12/29 @ DAL (6-4)

Remaining foes’ combined records: 29-30-1

Opponents’ win percentage: .492

Status: As of now, Cincinnati is the only team that’s been eliminated, but one more loss or another win by Dallas would eliminate Washington.

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