The AFC has one open spot, yet only one seed is determined. Meanwhile, they NFC has three spots open, and no seeding determined. It is going to be a great week for some football. Here’s how things are looking going into the finals week:
- Denver Broncos (12-3) LW (2) – As if it wasn’t already decided, Peyton pretty much locked up the best regular season QB of all time. All he needs is a little over 200 yards and he’ll the most yards AND touchdown’s in a season. Now let’s just see him do it in the playoffs… without the team’s best defensive player. Good luck.
- San Francisco 49ers (11-4) LW (4) – Winners of 5 straight, they still have a chance for a first round bye, with a win over the Cardinals. They also have a chance to end up with the #6 seed with a loss. The wild card teams this year are going to be good.
- Seattle Seahawks (12-3) LW (1) – In the beginning of the year, a win over the Rams would have been a given. Now not so much. A win still gives them home field advantage throughout the playoffs, while a loss could result in a #5 seed and a 3-3 division record on the year. Wow is the NFC West stacked.
- Carolina Panthers (11-4) LW (7) – A win over the lowly Falcons and they have a first round bye. A Seahawks loss to the Rams + a 49ers win over the Cardinals and they have home field advantage. Let that soak in. Riverboat Ron has done wonders this year. Let’s just see if he can continue that success in the post season.
- New England Patriots (11-4) LW (5) – This week was the first time they’ve looked good in the second half of the season. It’s a perfect time for them because if they lose this week, they could end up with the #4 seed. Let’s go Bills!!
- Cincinnati Bengals (10-5) LW (8) – With the game clearly out of hand, Marvin Lewis wanted to make a statement going into the final week, continuing to let Andy Dalton torch the Vikings. Now, they need to avenge their week 10 loss to the Ravens to give them the #3 seed at worst.
- Arizona Cardinals (10-5) LW (9) – So the Cardinals could win and still not make the playoffs? That just doesn’t seem fair. The West has 3 teams clearly better than anyone in the NFC North or East, but if the Saints win this week, then we could see an 11-5 or 10-6 Cardinals team watching the playoffs from home.
- Indianapolis Colts (10-5) LW (10) – And they’re back? Looking for their first marquee win since Broncos in week 7, they were able to knock off their potential first round matchup in the playoffs, the KC Chiefs. Potential is the key word, as they could still end up with a first round bye or the #3 seed. They just need the Bengals and/or Patriots to lose this week.
- Kansas City Chiefs (11-4) LW (3) – That bye week has been the worst thing in the world for this team. They’re 2-4 since then and are now firmly locked in the #5 seed so I suppose they shouldn’t even try against Rivers and Co. this week. They’re still a scary matchup in the first round of the playoffs… As long as they give the ball to Charles.
- New Orleans Saints (10-5) LW (6) – Never has a team been more dependent on home field advantage. They are 7-0 at home, while boasting a 3-5 record on the road. Lucky for them, the #2 seed is still a possibility for them as long as Panthers lose this week.