What an incredible win for the Philadelphia Eagles. They emerged from their Week 12 heavyweight bout against the Buffalo Bills with the thrilling 34-31 overtime victory, padding their record atop the NFC and in their own division.
There was plenty of intriguing results around the conference that Eagles fans should be aware of following this week's action. With that in mind, here's the current NFC playoff picture following Philadelphia's Week 12 win.
Updated NFC Playoff Picture After Week 12
Division Leaders (Seeds 1-4)
1. Philadelphia Eagles (10-1)
2. San Francisco 49ers (8-3)
3. Detroit Lions (8-3)
4. Atlanta Falcosn (5-6)
Philly retains its spot as the NFC's No. 1 seed for another week following the win against Buffalo. In fact, the Eagles own a two-game lead over second place, putting them in prime position to lock up home-field advantage before the regular season finale if they keep this up.
Meanwhile, the NFC West-leading San Francisco 49ers and NFC North-leading Detroit Lions both check in at 8-3. However, San Francisco would win the tiebreaker at the moment due to having a better winning percentage against in-conference foes.
Both the 49ers and Lions were in action on Thanksgiving, but they each had very different experiences. Kyle Shanahan's group earned a relatively easy 31-13 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, while Detroit slipped up and was handed its third loss of the year by the Green Bay Packers.
The sub-.500 Atlanta Falcons round out the top four seeds. Yes, you read that right. Atlanta's victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday gave Arthur Smith's squad the lead (via tiebreaker) in the NFC South, which guarantees a top-four seed to whoever finishes on top at the end of the year.
Wild Card Teams (Seeds 5-7) + Bubble Squads
5. Dallas Cowboys (8-3)
6. Minnesota Vikings (6-5)
7. Seattle Seahawks (6-5)
On the playoff bubble: Green Bay Packers (5-6), Los Angeles Rams (5-6), New Orleans Saints (5-6)
The back half of the NFC playoff standings is much murkier than the top. There's a slew of 6-5 and 5-6 contenders currently in the mix, so this picture could look completely different a couple games for now.
Currently, it's the Dallas Cowboys who own the No. 5 seed at 8-3 after Week 12. Dallas has beat up on a bunch of bad teams to earn that record while struggling against over-.500 squads, which could bite them once the postseason gets underway.
Then it's the 6-5 Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks who'd make the playoffs at this moment as the final two Wild Card seeds. Minnesota continues to fight despite weathering through a few key injuries, and the Vikings could improve their standing with a win on Monday Night Football.
Meanwhile the Seahawks are slipping in the playoff race as losers of three of their last four outings. With the Cowboys, 49ers and Eagles up next over the next month, they could continue to slide and see a bubble team pass them by.
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