Chart: Vikings' complicated playoff picture

  • Updated: December 17, 2012 - 10:15 PM

 

In the NFC, three division leaders -- Atlanta (12-2), San Francisco (10-3-1) and Green Bay (10-4) -- have clinched playoff spots.

Seattle (9-5) is the wild-card leader.

The Vikings (8-6) would nab a wild-card berth and the sixth seed if the playoffs started this week, but the Vikings still wouldn't necessarily qualify for the playoffs if they win out.

Here's why:

Washington, Dallas and the N.Y Giants are all 8-6 and battling for the NFC East title.

• Washington and Dallas play each other in Week 17, so either team would claim the East title by winning out.

• The Giants can earn at least a wild-card spot by winning out. If the Vikings and the Giants both go 10-6, the Giants would win the tiebreaker (better record in conference games).

• If the Vikings and Chicago both go 10-6, the Vikings would win the tiebreaker (better division record).

• If Seattle and the Vikings both go 10-6, the Seahawks win the tiebreaker (victory in head-to-head meeting).

But ...

Losing Sunday at Houston wouldn't necessarily eliminate the Vikings from a playoff spot. If they beat Green Bay in Week 17, they still could make the playoffs if the Bears finish 9-7 and both the Giants and Cowboys lost in Week 17, changing the tiebreakers.

REMAINING SCHEDULES

Team Dec. 23 Dec. 30

Vikings (8-6) at Houston vs. Green Bay

Dallas (8-6) vs. New Orleans at Washington

Washington (8-6) at Philadelphia vs. Dallas

Chicago (8-6) at Arizona at Detroit

N.Y. Giants (8-6) at Baltimore vs. Philadelphia

Seattle (9-5) vs. San Francisco vs. St. Louis

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Tennessee
Jacksonville 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Houston
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Kansas City
NY Jets 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Chicago 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Minnesota
Philadelphia 12/28/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
New Orleans 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Carolina 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Atlanta
Detroit 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Oakland 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Denver
Arizona 12/28/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
St. Louis 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Cincinnati 12/28/14 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Marshall 52 FINAL
Northern Ill 23
Navy 17 FINAL
San Diego St 16
Central Mich 48 FINAL
Western Ky 49
Fresno State 6 4th Qtr 10:07
Rice 30
Illinois 12/26/14 12:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
Rutgers 12/26/14 3:30 PM
North Carolina
NC State 12/26/14 7:00 PM
UCF
Cincinnati 12/27/14 12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Duke 12/27/14 1:10 PM
(15) Arizona State
Miami-Florida 12/27/14 2:30 PM
So Carolina
Boston College 12/27/14 3:30 PM
Penn State
(25) Nebraska 12/27/14 7:00 PM
(24) USC
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Texas
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
Stanford
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
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