Pivotal Games Remaining
Five games over the last four weeks should determine how things settle in the NFC playoff picture. Here they are:
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants (12/19, 1:00 P.M.) – This game could decide the NFC East and the loser will likely end up trying to sneak in as the six seed.
New York Giants at Green Bay Packers (12/26, 4:15 P.M.) – Either way, this game will have major playoff implications. If the Eagles beat the Giants the prior week, New York will be battling to secure a tiebreaker over a Packers team that would likely be a fellow wild card contender. If the Eagles lose, the Giants would be looking to move up and challenge for a first round bye, while the Eagles would be hoping they dealt a wild card competitor a loss, especially since Philadelphia does not hold the tiebreaker over Green Bay.
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (12/27, 8:30 P.M.) – This matchup could decide the NFC South, as the Saints trail by a game and would pick up a season split in the series. New Orleans may need to win out to make it matter though, as the Falcons are 6-1 against their common opponents and the Saints are 4-2 with two remaining. That means New Orleans can’t afford a loss to a common opponent or heads up with Atlanta.
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (1/2, 1:00 P.M.) – This game could well be for the division, but will have playoff implications regardless.
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