NFC notes: nine teams fight for four playoff spots

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Dec 19, 2009



The following information comes from the NFL:
 
As the NFL enters Week 15, 11 teams are still alive for a playoff berth in the NFC as the push to Super Bowl XLIV in South Florida heats up. 
 
Two teams – the New Orleans Saints (13-0) and Minnesota Vikings (11-2) – have clinched a spot in the postseason.  The Saints have already secured the NFC South and a first-round bye and aim to lock up homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs this weekend. 
 
The primetime schedule for Week 15 features several NFC teams vying for a playoff spot. 
 
On Saturday night (NFL Network, 8:20 PM ET), the undefeated Saints will host the Dallas Cowboys (8-5).  Sunday night's contest (NBC, 8:20 PM ET) will pit two teams in playoff contention against one another when the Vikings (11-2) visit the Carolina Panthers (5-8).  And on Monday night (ESPN, 8:30 PM ET), the New York Giants (7-6) will look to make a move in the NFC race when they travel to Washington to face the NFC East rival Redskins. 
 
Following are the records of NFC playoff contenders, their remaining games and their wins and losses against other NFC playoff hopefuls:
 
NFC EAST
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TEAM/GAMES VS. CONTENDERS
OVERALL
DIV.
CONF.
WK. 15
WK. 16
WK. 17
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
9-4
4-1
8-2
SF
Den
at Dal
Wins: Atl, Car, NYG (2); Losses: Dal, NO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DALLAS COWBOYS
8-5
2-2
6-3
at NO
at Was
Phi
Wins: Atl, Car, Phi, Sea; Losses: GB, NYG (2)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NEW YORK GIANTS
7-6
3-2
5-4
at Was
Car
at Min
Wins: Atl, Dal (2); Losses: Arz, NO, Phi (2) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NFC NORTH
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TEAM/GAMES VS. CONTENDERS
OVERALL
DIV.
CONF.
WK. 15
WK. 16
WK. 17
MINNESOTA VIKINGS **
11-2
5-0
8-1
at Car
at Chi
NYG
Wins: GB (2), SF, Sea; Losses: Arz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GREEN BAY PACKERS
9-4
4-2
7-3
at Pit
Sea
at Arz
Wins: Dal, SF; Losses: Min (2) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NFC SOUTH
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TEAM/GAMES VS. CONTENDERS
OVERALL
DIV.
CONF.
WK. 15
WK. 16
WK. 17
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS *
13-0
4-0
9-0
Dal
TB
at Car
Wins: Atl (2), Car, NYG, Phi;  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ATLANTA FALCONS
6-7
2-3
5-6
at NYJ
Buf
at TB
Wins: Car, SF; Losses: Car, Dal, NO (2), NYG, Phi
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CAROLINA PANTHERS
5-8
3-2
5-4
Min
at NYG
NO
Wins: Arz, Atl; Losses: Atl, Dal, NO, Phi 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NFC WEST
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TEAM/GAMES VS. CONTENDERS
OVERALL
DIV.
CONF.
WK. 15
WK. 16
WK. 17
ARIZONA CARDINALS
8-5
3-2
6-3
at Det
StL
GB
Wins: Min, NYG, Sea (2); Losses: Car, SF (2)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
6-7
4-1
5-4
at Phi
Det
at StL
Wins: Arz (2), Sea; Losses: Atl, GB, Min, Sea
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
5-8
3-3
4-6
TB
at GB
Ten
Wins: SF; Losses: Arz (2), Dal, Min, SF
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
* Clinched division
** Clinched playoff spot

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