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NFC playoff scenarios: New York Giants don’t have to worry about any of this

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Giants can, however, eliminate Washington

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The New York Giants don’t have to agonize over playoff scenarios this week. They are in regardless of anything else that happens in the NFC this weekend. There is, however, the question of who the Giants will face on wild-card weekend, and still three NFC playoff spots up for grabs.

The Giants can have some impact on how it all plays out. By defeating the Washington Redskins on Sunday the Giants would eliminate them from playoff consideration.

Here, courtesy of the NFL Communications Dept., are all of your NFC playoff scenarios for Week 17.

CLINCHED: Dallas – NFC East division title and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs

  • Atlanta – NFC South division title
  • Seattle – NFC West division title
  • New York Giants – playoff berth

ATLANTA FALCONS (10-5) (vs. New Orleans (7-8), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)

Atlanta clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. ATL win OR
  2. ATL tie + SEA loss or tie OR
  3. SEA loss + DET loss or tie OR
  4. SEA tie + DET loss

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-5-1) (at San Francisco (2-13), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)

Seattle clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. SEA win + ATL loss or tie OR
  2. SEA tie + ATL loss + GB/DET tie

DETROIT LIONS (9-6) (vs. Green Bay (9-6), Sunday night, 8:30 PM ET)

Detroit clinches NFC North division title with:

  1. DET win

Detroit clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. DET win + SEA loss or tie + ATL loss

Detroit clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. DET tie OR
  2. WAS loss or tie

GREEN BAY PACKERS (9-6) (at Detroit (9-6), Sunday night, 8:30 PM ET)

Green Bay clinches NFC North division title with:

  1. GB win or tie

Green Bay clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. WAS loss OR
  2. WAS tie + TB win + GB clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over TB

(Note: GB clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over TB if one of the following teams win or tie: SEA, HOU, JAX, PHI. GB has already clinched strength of schedule tiebreaker over TB in this scenario.)

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (8-6-1) (vs. New York Giants (10-5), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)

Washington clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. WAS win + GB-DET game does not end in a tie OR
  2. WAS tie + GB loss + TB loss or tie

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (8-7) (vs. Carolina (6-9), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

Tampa Bay clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. TB win + WAS tie + GB loss + TB clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over GB

(Note: TB clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over GB if all of the following teams win: TEN, IND, DAL and SF)