The Seahawks got another win Sunday and got a lot of help from others in the NFC toward a playoff bye. But they didn't get the help where they needed it in the race for the No. 1 seed in the conference playoffs.
Let's start our tour in the NFC West. The Arizona Cardinals lost to the Minnesota Vikings 30-24. The Vikings were bolstered by a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown and 104-yard kickoff return touchdown.
No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff finally started for the L.A. Rams, but the Miami Dolphins got a touchdown in the final minute to win 14-10.
The San Francisco 49ers kept it close with the New England Patriots for most of the game, but the Pats pulled away at the end for a 30-17 win.
With that, the Seahawks have a commanding three-game lead in the NFC West with six games to play.
Down in Big D, the Baltimore Ravens couldn't help the Seahawks gain ground on the Dallas Cowboys for the No. 1 playoff seed. Dallas won 27-17.
The Detroit Lions stayed atop the NFC North beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 26-19 -- a tougher battle than many expected.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went on the road and stunned the Kansas City Chiefs 19-17.
The New York Giants improved their chances for a wild card spot and remained in the race for a division title with a 22-16 win over the Chicago Bears.
The Carolina Panthers edged the New Orleans Saints Thursday in a must-win for the defending NFC Champions to keep their playoff hopes alive. Carolina visits Seattle in two weeks.
At the time this article was posted, Green Bay and Washington had not yet kicked off their Sunday Night Football matchup. Both are battling for a wild card spot. NFC South-leading Atlanta was on its bye week.
Here are the updated NFC playoff standings (before Sunday Night Football) if the season ended today.
1. Cowboys 9-1 (NFC East Leader; Home field advantage)
2. Seahawks 7-2-1 (NFC West Leader; 1st Round Bye)
3. Lions 6-4 (NFC North Leader; Host Wild Card game)
4. Falcons 6-4 (NFC South Leader; Host Wild Card game)
5. Giants 7-3 (Wild Card; at Falcons)
6. Redskins 5-3-1 (Wild Card; at Lions)
7. Vikings 6-4
8. Buccaneers 5-5
9. Eagles 5-5
10. Cardinals 4-5-1
11. Packers 4-5
12. Saints 4-6
13. Panthers 4-6
14. Rams 4-6
15. Bears 2-8
16. 49ers 1-9
Enjoy Thanksgiving football, everyone. Vikings vs. Lions and Redskins vs. Cowboys both have playoff implications. The Seahawks head to Tampa Bay next Sunday.
Six weeks to go!
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