NFC Playoff Watch

December 8 – There are three weeks remaining in the 2002 regular season and the NFC playoff race is extremely tight. If the playoffs started today, the 10-3 Buccaneers would win the NFC South Division and they would receive a first-round bye in the playoffs. PewterReport.com will keep fans updated on the NFC playoff race throughout the remainder of the season.

DIVISION LEADERS:

NFC EAST:

No. 1 PHILADELPHIA 10-3

Remaining Schedule: Washington, at Dallas, at NY Giants


NFC NORTH:

No. 3 GREEN BAY 10-3 (Clinched division and a home playoff game)

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


NFC SOUTH:

No. 2 TAMPA BAY 10-3

Remaining Schedule: at Detroit, Pittsburgh, at Chicago


NFC WEST:

No. 4 SAN FRANCISCO 9-4 (Clinched division and a home playoff game)

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


WILD CARDS:

No. 5 NEW ORLEANS 9-4

Remaining Schedule: Minnesota, at Cincinnati, Carolina

No. 6 ATLANTA 8-4-1

Remaining Schedule: Seattle, Detroit, at Cleveland


OUTSIDE LOOKING IN:

NEW YORK GIANTS 7-6

Remaining Schedule: Dallas, at Indianapolis, Philadelphia


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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