Top Spot in  NFC is up for grabs

Unlike the AFC where we know the Baltimore Ravens have the Number One seed locked up and thus a first round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs, the NFC playoff race has plenty of unknowns. 

There are three contenders for the top spot in the NFC all with exciting games in Week 17 that will determine their post-season fate. The San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, and New Orleans Saints are all vying for that Number One seed in the NFC with the Seahawks and 49ers battling against each other this weekend, making for a very fun and dramatic finish to a spectacular regular season. 

We also don't know who will win the NFC East. Both the Dallas Cowboys (7-8) and Philadelphia Eagles (8-7) are in the hunt for their division title and thus have a shot to make the playoffs despite their relatively subpar records. 

Already Clinched:

Saints, Seahawks, 49ers, Packers (NFC North Champions) and Minnesota Vikings (NFC Wildcard).

NFC Playoff seeding scenarios

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (12-3) at Carolina (5-10):

New Orleans clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. Saints win + Packers loss or tie OR
  2. Saints win + SF loss or tie OR
  3. Saints tie + Packers loss OR
  4. Saints tie + SF loss OR
  5. SF loss + Packers win or tie

New Orleans clinches homefield advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

  1. Saints win + Packers loss or tie + 49ers loss or tie OR
  2. Saints tie + Packers loss + SF loss

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (12-3) at Seattle (11-4):

San Francisco clinches NFC West division title with:

  1. 49ers win or tie

San Francisco clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. 49ers win OR
  2. 49ers tie + Packers loss or tie OR
  3. 49ers tie + Saints loss or tie

San Francisco clinches homefield advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

  1. 49ers win OR
  2. 49ers tie + Packers loss or tie + Saints loss or tie

GREEN BAY PACKERS (12-3) at Detroit (3-11-1) :

Green Bay clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. Packers win OR
  2. Saints loss OR
  3. Packers tie + 49ers loss OR
  4. Packers tie + Saints tie

Green Bay clinches homefield advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

  1. Packers win + 49ers loss or tie OR
  2. Packers tie + 49ers loss + Saints loss or tie

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (11-4) vs. San Francisco (12-3):

Seattle clinches NFC West division with:

  1. Seahawks win

Seattle clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. Seahawks win + Packers loss

Seattle clinches homefield advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

  1. Seahawks win + Packers loss + Saints loss

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (8-7) at N.Y. Giants (4-11):

Philadelphia clinches NFC East division with:

  1. Eagles win or tie OR
  2. Cowboys loss or tie

DALLAS COWBOYS (7-8) vs. Washington (3-12):

Dallas clinches NFC East division with:

  1. Cowboys win + Eagles loss

As you can tell there's a lot still up in the air but we'll know how everything shakes out once the dust settles on Week 17. Who do you think will earn the top spot in the NFC? Let us know in the comments below.