After the Vikings exciting, but exasperating loss in Chicago in last night, the NFC playoff picture is still muddied with only one week left in the regular season. We know who the six playoff teams will be. We just don't know how they'll be seeded and who will play who in the first round. With New Orleans, Minnesota, Arizona, Philadelphia, Green Bay, and Dallas in, the only seed locked down is New Orleans at number one.
There are a ton of different scenarios that could play out depending on how the regular season ends. There's one that would be particularly intriguing if it played out. I haven't been able to confirm this for certain, but from what I can tell if the following happens next week...
Minnesota beats New York Giants
Dallas beats Philadelphia
Arizona beats Green Bay
...the NFC playoffs seedings would be:
1. New Orleans
6. Green Bay
Which would mean the opening round would feature Green Bay traveling to Arizona to face the Cardinals and the Eagles flying to Dallas to take on the Cowboys. Which would be an exact repeat of the last game of the regular season for each of these teams. Gotta wonder how often that's happened in NFL history. With all the possible scenarios out there, it's probably unlikely that we'll come to see this one pass, but it certainly would add an interesting wrinkle to what already promises to be a series of great playoff match-ups.