NFC Playoff Picture: Goff vs. Wentz headlines jam-packed Week 14

The NFC is spoiling football fans.

After a handful of big-time games last weekend, Week 14 features another slate of contests that will each have a big impact on the conference’s playoff picture.

This week features a clash of the top two picks from the 2016 draft, another high-profile battle in the NFC South, the top-seeded team in the conference against a wild-card hopeful, and a trio of clubs all hanging on for dear life.

Here’s the NFC playoff picture heading into Week 14:

Standings

If the season ended today…
Wild Card Round

No. 6 Carolina Panthers (8-4) at No. 3 Los Angeles Rams (9-3)
No. 5 Seattle Seahawks (8-4) at No. 4 New Orleans Saints (9-3)

Divisional Round

Lowest-seeded wild-card winner at No. 1 Minnesota Vikings (10-2)
Highest-seeded wild-card winner at No. 2 Philadelphia Eagles (10-2)

NFC teams still in the hunt

Atlanta Falcons (7-5)
Detroit Lions (6-6)
Green Bay Packers (6-6)
Dallas Cowboys (6-6)

Clinching scenarios

Game of the Week

Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams, Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET
Plenty has been made of Philadelphia’s rough outing in Seattle, with many questioning whether the Eagles’ friendly schedule has been the key factor to the team’s success so far this season.

Doug Pederson’s team has a chance to put that talk to bed when they visit the Rams at the Coliseum on Sunday.

Like many of Week 14’s big NFC matchups, this game could have a sweeping impact on the conference: an Eagles win means an NFC East title for Philadelphia and gives the Seahawks the upper hand in the NFC West should they come away with a win in Jacksonville. A Rams victory would see L.A. jump to the No. 2 seed and could push the Eagles down to No. 4 depending on other results.

The Game of the Week also showcases the top two picks of the 2016 draft in Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, two of the NFL’s best young quarterbacks and leaders of its top-two offences.

Spoiler Alert

Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns, Sunday 1:00 p.m. ET
With Aaron Rodgers eligible to return from injured reserve as early as Week 15, the Packers are clinging to hope that they’ll still have a chance to make a playoff run by the time their best player returns to the field. That means a victory in Cleveland against the winless Browns is a must.

Despite dropping their 12th straight game in Los Angeles last week and giving up more than 400 yards, the Browns kept things interesting …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca

      

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