The simplest path to the postseason for Seattle is this – win one of their last two games at home against San Francisco or St. Louis and the Seahawks are guaranteed at least a NFC wild card berth.
The Seahawks also still have an outside shot at the NFC West title and a No. 2 seed in the playoffs. For that to happen, Seattle would have to win out, hope for a San Francisco loss to Arizona in the final game of the season and have Green Bay lose one of its two games to finish the season.
The Seahawks hold the tiebreaker over the Packers because of the team’s controversial win over Green Bay in the Monday night game earlier this year.
After that, things get murky for the Seahawks in terms of their postseason aspirations, relying on results outside of their control.
If the playoffs were to start today, the Seahawks would be the No. 5 seed and Minnesota would be the No. 6 seed. Seattle would travel to NFC East champion Washington, the No. 4 seed, in the first round of the NFC playoffs, while the Vikings would travel to No. 3 seed Green Bay (9-4).
Atlanta clinched the No. 1 seed at 13-2 with a win over Detroit last night, while San Francisco is the No. 2 seed at 10-3-1.
Here’s a look at schedules for NFC teams vying for a wild card playoff berth. Atlanta, San Francisco and Green Bay (9-4) already have clinched playoff berths, and the Packers have clinched the NFC North title.
(Projected No. 4 seed) Washington (8-6)
Today at Philadelphia
Dec. 30 Dallas
The skinny: The Redskins will finish as the NFC East champions if they win out.
(Projected No. 5 seed) Seattle (9-5)
Today San Francisco
Dec. 30 St. Louis
The skinny: The easiest way for Seattle to clinch a playoff berth is to win today. But if Seattle loses, they still get in if Chicago, Minnesota and Washington all lose because the Sehawks hold tiebreakers against all three of those teams.
(Projected No. 6 seed) Minnesota (8-6)
Today at Houston
Dec. 30 Green Bay
The skinny: The Vikings would be a playoff team if the postseason started today, but they still need the Giants to lose once or the Seahawks to lose twice in order to seal their ticket to the playoffs.
Today New Orleans
Dec. 30 at Washington
The skinny: The Cowboys are currently behind Minnesota, but if they win out they can clinch an NFC East division crown.
New York Giants (8-6)
Today at Baltimore
Dec. 30 Philadelphia
The skinny: Currently behind the Vikings, the Giants can clinch a playoff berth if they win out.
Today at Arizona
Dec. 30 at Detroit
The skinny: The Bears need a lot of things to happen to get into the postseason. Chicago would have to win out, have the Giants and Vikings lose once, or either the Giants or Vikings lose once plus the Seahawks lose twice. A couple other scenarios exist for the Bears to get in, but basically they need a lot of help.
St. Louis (6-7-1)
Today at Tampa Bay
Dec. 30 at Seattle
The skinny: Mathematically the Rams still have a slim chance. St. Louis would need to win out, while the Vikings, Bears and Giants all lose out, plus either the Redskins or Cowboys lose in Week 16 and then the team that loses in Week 16 wins the Week 17 Cowboys-Redskins game.