Seattle's two-year reign as NFC West champs is over thanks to Arizona's win at Philadelphia on Sunday night.
The Seattle Seahawks’ two-year reign as NFC West champs is over thanks to Arizona’s 40-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night.
Arizona is now 12-2 and has a three-game lead on the 9-5 Seahawks with two games remaining.
Seattle won the NFC West in 2013 and 2014, drawing a first-round bye and homefield advantage each season.
But the Seahawks will now be relegated to having to open the playoffs on the road as a Wild Card team as either the No. 5 or the No. 6 seed in the NFC.
Seattle currently holds the No. 5 seed, The Seahawks are tied at 9-5 with Minnesota but has the tiebreaker on the Vikings thanks to a win at Minnesota two weeks ago.
Seattle can clinch the No. 5 seed next week if the Seahawks win and the Vikings lose at home to the New York Giants.
Seattle could fall to the No. 6 seed if it were to get into a three-team tie with the Vikings and Packers, who are 10-4 and in first in the NFC North. If Green Bay, Minnesota and Seattle were to all finish 11-5, the Vikings would win the NFC North and the Packers would have the No. 5 seed with the Seahawks falling to No. 6 thanks to Green Bay’s win over Seattle in September. Green Bay and Minnesota play at Lambeau to close the season on Jan. 3. There could also be a three-team tie at 10-6 between the Vikings and Packers that could also put Seattle in the No. 6 spot.
But the percentages point to Seattle being the No. 5 seed. As of today, that would have Seattle opening the playoffs at Washington on Jan. 9 or Jan. 10.
Washington would be the No. 4 seed as the winner of the NFC East. Washington is 7-7 and has a one-game lead on the Eagles and Giants, who each lost today and are 6-8.
Washington can clinch the NFC East with a win at Philadelphia next Sunday while the Eagles can win the NFC East only by winning their last two games, vs. Washington and at the Giants. The Giants can remain in the picture by winning their last two games with Washington losing its last two games.