NFC playoff watch
1 seed xy-New Orleans (13-2)
2 seed xy-L.A. Rams (12-3)
3 seed xy-Chicago (11-4)
4 seed xy-Dallas (9-6)
5 seed x-Seattle (9-6)
6 seed Vikings (8-6-1)
Still in the hunt: Philadelphia (8-7)
• Two teams are vying for the final playoff spot.
• All four division championships have been clinched.
• New Orleans has clinched the No. 1 seed.
• Dallas was the only other team locked into a seed after Week 16.
Game to track
While the Vikings are playing the Bears, the other key game will be going on at the same time near the nation’s capital.
Philadelphia at Washington, 3:25 p.m.: The Eagles need a win and a Vikings loss to get in. They have won three straight against the Redskins.
If Vikings get in ...
There’s one way they could climb from the sixth seed to the fifth seed: with a win against the Bears and a Seattle loss to Arizona. As a No. 5, they would play at No. 4 Dallas next weekend. As a more likely No. 6, they would play the No. 3 seed (Chicago or the L.A. Rams) on the road.
AFC playoff watch
1 seed x-Kansas City (11-4)
2 seed xy-New England (10-5)
3 seed x-Houston (10-5)
4 seed Baltimore (9-6)
5 seed x-L.A. Chargers (11-4)
6 seed Indianapolis (9-6)
Still in the hunt: Tennessee (9-6) and Pittsburgh (8-6-1)
• Four teams are vying for the final two playoff spots.
• Three of the four division titles are still up for grabs.
• Four teams — Kansas City, New England, Houston and the L.A. Chargers — can still get the No. 1 seed.
• No one is locked into a seed yet.
Games to track
The final two playoff teams will emerge from two of these three games.
Cleveland at Baltimore, 3:25 p.m.: Ravens get in with a win or a Steelers loss.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 3:25 p.m.: Steelers get in with a win and a Ravens loss OR a win and a Colts-Titans tie.
Indianapolis at Tennessee, 7:20 p.m. (Ch. 11): Winner gets in and the loser goes home.
x-clinched playoff spot
Fitz keeping quiet: Someday, obviously, Minneapolis native and future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald will play in his last NFL game. Whether that game is Sunday, when his beleaguered Arizona Cardinals play at Seattle, is anybody’s guess.
“I haven’t even thought about it,” the receiving great said after the Cardinals practiced Thursday. “I’m just focused on trying to get this win in Seattle.”
At 35, Fitzgerald is still remarkably durable. He has caught a pass in 226 consecutive games. Sunday will mark his 234th NFL game, all with the Cardinals, tying the franchise record set by kicker Jim Bakken, who played from 1962-78.
Bears activate Long: The Chicago Bears activated right guard Kyle Long from injured reserve, clearing the way for the three-time Pro Bowl lineman to play against the Vikings on Sunday. Long has been out since Oct. 28, when he suffered a tendon injury in his right foot against the New York Jets. He had surgery and was placed on IR with an option to return. Chicago also ruled linebacker Aaron Lynch out because of an elbow injury.