Postseason Berth Nearly Wrapped Up

Here's what the Packers have to do Sunday, and the remaining schedules of the NFC playoff contenders.

With a four-game lead and five games remaining, the NFC North championship is practically a foregone conclusion for the Green Bay Packers.

To make it official this week:

-- A Packers win over the Giants and a Detroit loss or tie at New Orleans or … -- A Packers tie, a Chicago loss or tie at home against Kansas City and Detroit loss or … -- Losses by Chicago and Detroit.

The Packers will clinch a playoff berth with a victory or losses by either Chicago, Atlanta or Detroit.

It's essentially a two-team race for homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs between the Packers (11-0) and 49ers (9-2). New Orleans is in third place at 8-3 but would lose the head-to-head tiebreaker against Green Bay. Dallas (7-4) is in fourth place.

Here are the remaining schedules of the pertinent teams:

GREEN BAY (11-0)

Opponents record: 31-24 (.564)

Week 13: at Giants (6-5)

Week 14: Raiders (7-4)

Week 15: at Chiefs (4-7)

Week 16: Bears (7-4)

Week 17: Lions (7-4)


Opponents record: 20-35 (.364)

Week 13: Rams (2-9)

Week 14: at Cardinals (4-7)

Week 15: Steelers (8-3)

Week 16: at Seahawks (4-7)

Week 17: at Rams (2-9)


Opponents record: 25-30 (.455)

Week 13: Lions (7-4)

Week 14: at Titans (6-5)

Week 15: at Vikings (2-9)

Week 16: Falcons (7-4)

Week 17: Panthers (3-8)


Opponents record: 27-28 (.491)

Week 13: Chiefs (4-7)

Week 14: at Broncos (6-5)

Week 15: Seahawks (4-7)

Week 16: at Packers (11-0)

Week 17: at Vikings (2-9)

LIONS (7-4)

Opponents record: 32-23 (.582)

Week 13: at Saints (8-3)

Week 14: Vikings (2-9)

Week 15: at Raiders (7-4)

Week 16: Chargers (4-7)

Week 17: at Packers (11-0)

In the NFC East, the Cowboys hold a one-game lead over the Giants and have the much easier schedule. Dallas' remaining opponents are 24-31 (.436) while the Giants' opponents are 35-20 (.636). That's easily the toughest among the NFC's eight playoff hopefuls. The Cowboys' only two opponents with winning records are their home-and-home series with New York.

In the NFC South, the Saints (8-3) hold a one-game lead over the Falcons (7-4). The Saints have the easier schedule (25-30 vs. 26-29) but play three teams with winning records (Lions, Titans, Falcons) compared to two for Atlanta (Houston on Sunday and at New Orleans in Week 16).

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