With the Buccaneers and Redskins losing in Week 15, the Packers catapulted into the NFC playoff picture and are currently resting at the 6th seed. They’d play the 3rd seed Falcons if everything in this playoff picture would hold up.
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The Packers aren’t satisfied with just being in the playoff picture though; they want to win the NFC North. With the Lions losing against the Giants and the Packers pulling one out against the Bears they’re in a position to do just that. The Lions face the Cowboys next week and will likely drop to 9-6, while the Packers face the Vikings and should move up to 9-6. The two teams face each other in the last game of the season and it should determine who wins the NFC North and the higher playoff seeding.
If the Lions drop to 9-7 and give up the North to the Packers, there’s a chance they don’t even make the playoffs. The Bucs face the Saints and Panthers, and if they win out they go to 10-6 and would sit alongside the Giants in the NFC Wild Card.
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So all the Packers need to do is keep winning. With the way the two teams are playing, it’s looking more and more likely that the Packers will win the North so it may come down to whether the team that doesn’t win the North even gets into the playoffs. At this point the only threats to watch are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons should hold on to the NFC South and get the higher seed which means the Buccaneers will almost inevitably take one of those Wild Card spots. None of it is going to matter to the Packers though because if they win, they’re in, so for the Packers it comes down to the Vikings and the Lions in the coming weeks.