Here is an updated look at how the Seattle Seahawks can clinch a playoff berth Sunday.
With kickoff of Seattle’s game against Cleveland now less than 24 hours away, it’s time to review how the Seahawks can clinch a playoff berth this week.
Seattle got help Thursday when the Rams beat Tampa Bay to drop the Bucs to 6-8, 2.5 games behind the Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card standings.
Below are the scenarios in which the Seahawks can clinch a playoff berth this weekend, all updated to reflect Tampa Bay having lost Thursday.
1, A Seahawks win against Cleveland plus a New York Giants loss or tie against Carolina.
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2, A Seahawks win plus a Washington loss or tie against Buffalo.
3, A Seahawks win plus an Atlanta loss or tie against Jacksonville plus a Minnesota loss against the Bears and a Green Bay loss or tie against Oakland.
4, A Seahawks tie plus an Atlanta loss or tie and a New York Giants loss or tie.
5, A Seahawks tie, plus an Atlanta loss or tie plus a Washington loss plus a Philadelphia loss or tie against Arizona.
As you can see, the top two of those now are pretty simple.
But while any of those will get Seattle into the playoffs they don’t guarantee the Seahawks the preferred No. 5 spot in the NFC so the Seahawks won’t consider their work done quite yet. Seattle, which has won four in a row to improve to 8-5, needs to finish tied or ahead of Minnesota, which is also 8-5 entering the weekend, to get the No.5 spot.
Seattle’s post-season situation can also take on some added clarity this weekend as the Arizona Cardinals have three scenarios in which they can win the NFC West, guaranteeing that the best the Seahawks can do is get a Wild Card berth.
Again, straight from the NFL, here those are:
1, An Arizona win or tie.
2, A Seattle loss or tie.
3, Also, Arizona can clinch due to the strength of victory tiebreaker. Arizona can do that this weekend if all of the following happens — Cincinnati and New Orleans win and Dallas and the Steelers lose.
Arizona can also clinch a first-round bye with a win plus a Green Bay loss or tie or a tie and a Green Bay loss.