NFC Playoff Watch

November 26 – There are five weeks remaining in the 2002 regular season and the NFC playoff race is extremely tight. If the playoffs started today, the 9-2 Buccaneers would win the NFC South Division and they would have a first-round bye and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. PewterReport.com will keep fans updated on the NFC playoff race throughout the remainder of the season.

DIVISION LEADERS:

NFC EAST:

PHILADELPHIA 8-3

Remaining Schedule: St. Louis, at Seattle, Washington, at Dallas, at Detroit


NFC NORTH:

GREEN BAY 8-3

Remaining Schedule: Chicago, Minnesota, at San Francisco, Buffalo, at NY Jets


NFC SOUTH:

TAMPA BAY 9-2

Remaining Schedule: at New Orleans, Atlanta, at Detroit, Pittsburgh, at Chicago


NFC WEST:

SAN FRANCISCO 7-4

Remaining Schedule: Seattle, at Dallas, Green Bay, at Arizona, at St. Louis


WILD CARDS:

ATLANTA 7-3-1

Remaining Schedule: at Minnesota, at Tampa Bay, Seattle, Detroit, at Cleveland

NEW ORLEANS 7-4

Remaining Schedule: Tampa Bay, at Baltimore, Minnesota, at Cincinnati, Carolina


OUTSIDE LOOKING IN:

NEW YORK GIANTS 6-5

Remaining Schedule: Tennessee, at Washington, Dallas, at Indianapolis, Philadelphia

ST. LOUIS 5-6

Remaining Schedule: at Philadelphia, at Kansas City, Arizona, at Seattle, San Francisco

WAHINGTON 5-6

Remaining Schedule: at Dallas, NY Giants, at Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas


NOTES AND TIE-BREAKERS:

NOTE: *The four NFC division winners will automatically receive at least one home playoff game. The top two division winners will receive a bye week followed by a home playoff game while the other two division winners will host a wild card game. The two non-division winners, who will be the two wild card teams, will play on the road.

TIE-BREAKERS:

For Division Ties:
1. Head-to-head
2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games within division
3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games

For Wild-Card Ties:
1. Head-to-head
2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games within conference
3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, min. of four


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