There are just five playoff spots available for seven NFC playoff-contending teams from the West, East and North divisions.
The NFC South was removed from the equation because, at this stage, there is not a high probability a Wild Card team will emerge from that division.
So that leaves the 49ers (4-3), Cardinals (5-1), Seahawks (3-3), Cowboys (6-1), Eagles (5-1), Lions (5-2) and Packers (5-2) battling it out for the five remaining postseason spots.
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The 49ers have one Wild Card tie-breaker edge, should it come to that, with victories over Dallas and Philadelphia -- accounting for the only losses for those teams.
Dallas has beaten Seattle. And for a tie within the division, the Seahawks’ loss at the St. Louis Rams could loom large. The Seahawks still face the 49ers twice and the Cardinals twice, which gives them ample opportunity to control their own destiny. But the Seahawks have the most-difficult remaining road schedule (see below) of the NFC West teams.
Of course, Arizona has a home victory over the 49ers. The teams play again in the final week of the season at Levi’s Stadium.
The 49ers are on their bye week, but there are two huge games this weekend involving NFC West teams to follow: Seattle at the NFC South-lead Carolina Panthers, and Philadelphia at Arizona.
Home: Philadelphia, St. Louis, Detroit, Kansas City, Seattle.
Away: Dallas, Seattle, Atlanta, St. Louis, 49ers.
Home: St. Louis, Washington, Seattle, San Diego, Arizona.
Away: New Orleans, N.Y. Giants, Oakland, Seattle.
Home: Oakland, N.Y. Giants, Arizona, 49ers, St. Louis.
Away: Carolina, Kansas City, 49ers, Philadelphia, Arizona.
Home: Washington, Arizona, Philadelphia, Indianapolis.
Away: Jacksonville, N.Y. Giants, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington.
Home: Carolina, Tennessee, Seattle, Dallas.
Away: Arizona, Houston, Green Bay, Dallas, Washington, N.Y. Giants.
Home: Miami, Chicago, Tampa Bay, Minnesota
Away: Atlanta, Arizona, New England, Chicago, Green Bay.
Green Bay (5-2)
Home: Chicago, Philadelphia, New England, Atlanta, Detroit.
Away: New Orleans, Minnesota, Buffalo, Tampa Bay.