Pulse.ng logo
Go

NFL Week 17 play-off permutations in the NFC

The NFL regular season ends on Sunday with two play-off places still up for grabs, here we break down the permutations for Week 17 in the NFC.

  • Published: , Refreshed:

NFC

QUALIFIED: Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks

STILL IN THE MIX: Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons

THE SCENARIOS:

The victor of the matchup between the Panthers (6-8-1) and the Falcons (6-9) will win the NFC South and book their play-off spot.

Dallas (11-4) can clinch home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with a win over the Washington Redskins, a Cardinals (11-4) loss to the San Francisco 49ers and a tie between the Lions and Packers (both 11-4).

The Cowboys will secure a first-round bye by any of the following means:

1. A win and a Seahawks (11-4) loss/tie against the St Louis Rams, plus a Cardinals loss/tie versus the San Francisco 49ers
2. A win, plus a Lions-Packers tie
3. A tie, a Seahawks loss and a Cardinals loss
4. A tie, a Seahawks tie, a Cardinals loss/tie and any result other than a tie between the Lions and Packers

The winner of the Lions-Packers game will clinch the NFC North. If that ends in a tie then Detroit claims the division. Detroit can also secure a first-round bye with:

1. A win
2. A tie and a Cowboys loss/tie
3. A tie, plus a Seahawks loss and a Cardinals loss

The Lions can make sure of home-field advantage with:

1. A win, a Seahawks loss/tie and a Cardinals loss/tie
2) A tie, a Seahawks loss, a Cardinals defeat and a Cowboys loss/tie

Green Bay will clinch the NFC North and a first-round bye with a win and will have home-field advantage if they emerge victorious and Seattle fails to do so versus St Louis.

The Seahawks will retain the NFC West with a win, a tie and a Cardinals loss/tie or a Cardinals loss.

Seattle can secure home-field advantage with:

1. A win, providing the Lions-Packers game does not end in a tie
2. A win plus a Cowboys loss/tie
3. A tie, a Cardinals loss/tie, a Cowboys loss and a Lions-Packers tie

The Seahawks seal a first-round bye with:

1. A win
2. A tie, a Cardinals loss/tie and a Cowboys loss
3. A tie, a Cardinals loss/tie plus a Lions-Packers tie

The Cardinals will secure the NFC West title with:

1. A win and a Seahawks loss/tie
2. A tie, plus a Seahawks loss

The Cardinals ensure home-field advantage with:

1. A win, a Seahawks loss/tie and a Packers loss/tie
2. A tie, a Seahawks loss, a Cowboys loss/tie and a Packers-Lions tie

The Cardinals clinch a first-round bye with:

1. A win and a Seahawks loss/tie
2. A tie plus a Seahawks loss and a Cowboys loss/tie
3) A tie, a Seahawks loss and a Lions-Packers tie

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Nigeria?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +2349055172167, Social Media @pulsenigeria247: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng. More information here.