NFL Playoff Picture Updated After Week 17 Early Games

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

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The early games are in the books for week 17 of the 2012 NFL season. Let’s take a look at the playoff picture at this point as we head into the late games.

AFC

The Houston Texans (12-4) lost their finale which makes it likely that they will play in wild-card weekend. The  Denver Broncos (12-3) are currently the #2, but if they win their game vs the Kansas City Chiefs they will earn the #1 overall in the AFC.

The Texans loss means that if the New England Patriots (11-4) beat the Miami Dolphins then the Pats would move into a top-2 seed and thus be off for wild-card weekend.

The #3 seed will host the #6 seed Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) next weekend.

The Indianapolis Colts (11-5) won their game vs the Texans, and they will be the #5 seed. They will travel to take on the #4 Baltimore Ravens (10-6).

NFC

The Atlanta Falcons lost their game to close their season at 13-3, and 7-1 at home where they will be throughout the playoffs.

A huge game is going on now as the current #2 Green Bay Packers are taking on the Minnesota Vikings. A Packers win would lock up the #2 seed in the NFC for Green Bay thus giving them wild-card weekend off.

The current #3 seed San Francisco 49ers are in action as we speak vs the Arizona Cardinals. If the Niners win (as thoroughly expected) then they will secure the NFC West division and host at least one playoff game. A 49ers win coupled with a Packers loss would give San Fran a week off as the #2 seed.

The final regular season game of the 2012 season will take place tonight as the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys. The winner will be the #4 seed as the NFC East champion. The loser is done. The #4 seed will host the #5 seed which will be the 2nd place finisher in the NFC West (likely the Seattle Seahawks).

For Seattle to upgrade from their current #5 seed they will need to win their home tilt vs the St. Louis Rams, and have the 49ers get upset by the Cardinals.

A Vikings victory at home vs the Packers would give them the #6 seed. With the Chicago Bears early game victory we know the #6 seed will come from the NFC North (Vikes lose = Bears are the #6 seed). If Minny wins they will likely travel to Green Bay next weekend, but if Minny losses then the Bears will travel to take on the winner of the NFC West (Likely San Fran).

The defending champions New York Giants won their game, big, but the Bears victory over the Detroit Lions has eliminated the G-Men.

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