No matter who loses this Sunday’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints in the Big Easy this Sunday, the Seahawks will be one of the winners.
With six games left on its schedule, Seattle is trying to hold off San Francisco for the NFC West crown and, at the very least, a guaranteed home game in the playoffs.
But the Seahawks also have the Saints on their heels in the race for home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
If the Saints lose, it could extend Seattle’s lead on them to 2 ½ games. If the Niners lose, the Seahawks’ lead in the NFC West could be up to 3 ½ games.
This is all assuming, of course, that the Seahawks win their game Sunday against the 2-7 Minnesota Vikings. Seattle has won 12 straight at CenturyLink Field.
The Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers are 6-3 and could still challenge for home field, but Seattle already beat Carolina in the season opener, so it has the tiebreaker. Detroit and Seattle do not play this season.
No matter what happens in New Orleans Sunday, the Seahawks would clinch the NFC West by Dec. 8 if they sweep their next three games. Seattle would then have at least a three game lead on San Francisco with three games to play, plus they would have the head-to-head tiebreaker.