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NFC Playoff Picture: How Each Team Got To The Divisional Round

A closer look at the four teams remaining in the NFC playoff picture ahead of this weekend's divisional round.

And then there were four.

The NFL's playoff field was cut from 12 teams to eight after this past weekend's wild-card round, leaving four teams to battle it out in each conference for a chance to compete in Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif.

Still remaining alongside the No. 6-seeded Seahawks in the NFC are the No. 5-seeded Green Bay Packers, the No. 2-seeded Arizona Cardinals, and the No. 1-seeded Carolina Panthers, who square off against Seattle this Sunday.

Here's a quick team-by-team look at the four clubs remaining in the NFC:

Green Bay Packers

How They Got Here: The Packers won their first six games of the year, including a primetime matchup with the Seahawks in Week 2, but then dropped four of their next five games, including three in a row after their Week 7 bye. Green Bay rallied to win three of its final five games to finish the season at 10-6, but lost out on the NFC North title to the Vikings, who finished 11-5 after getting the best of Green Bay in Week 17. Like the Seahawks, the Packers went on the road and won a game in the wild-card round, rebounding from an 11-0 deficit to top the NFC East champion and No. 4-seeded Washington Redskins 35-18 behind two passing touchdowns from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

What's Next: The Packers head to the Arizona desert for a divisional round playoff game against the Cardinals. Kickoff is set for 5:15 p.m. PT on Saturday, Jan. 16 with national television coverage on NBC.

Arizona Cardinals

How They Got Here: The Cardinals finished the regular season with a franchise-record 13 wins (13-3) to claim the NFC West title for the first time since 2009, setting a franchise-record for points scored (489) in the process and earning a first-round playoff bye as the conference's No. 2 seed. The club had its win streak snapped at nine games in Week 17 by the Seahawks, who topped the Cardinals 36-6 at Glendale's University of Phoenix Stadium.

What's Next: Just three weeks after notching nine sacks in a 38-8 Week 16 win at Green Bay, the Cardinals host the Packers in the NFC's divisional round. Kickoff is set for 5:15 p.m. PT on Saturday, Jan. 16 with national television coverage on NBC.

Seattle Seahawks

How They Got Here: The Seahawks survived a road game against the NFC North champion and No. 3-seeded Minnesota Vikings this past weekend, escaping Minneapolis with a 10-9 win after Vikings kicker Blair Walsh hooked a 27-yard field goal attempt wide left with less than 30 seconds to play. Seattle won six of its final seven games in the regular season to finish with a record of 10-6 and claim one of the conference's two wild-card spots. The team finds itself in the divisional round for the fifth time in six seasons under head coach Pete Carroll.

What's Next: The Seahawks head to Charlotte for a divisional-round matchup with the Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Kickoff is set for 10:05 a.m. PT on Sunday, Jan. 17 with national television coverage on FOX.

Carolina Panthers

How They Got Here: The Panthers started the season as one of the NFL's hottest teams and never looked back, winning their first 14 games before falling to the Dan Quinn-coached Atlanta Falcons in Week 16, ultimately finishing with a League-best record of 15-1. The Panthers, who the Seahawks knocked out of the playoffs in the divisional round last year at CenturyLink Field, got the best of Seattle in Week 6, topping the defending NFC champs 27-23 on their own turf.

What's Next: The Panthers meet the Seahawks this Sunday for the sixth time (regular season and postseason combined) since 2012. Kickoff is set for 10:05 a.m. PT on Sunday, Jan. 17 with national television coverage on FOX.

The winners of Sunday's Seahawks-Panthers and Packers-Cardinals games will move on and meet in the NFC Championship game at 3:40 p.m. PT on Sunday, Jan. 24.

Take a walk down memory lane with photos from all 10 Divisional playoff game the Seahawks have ever played, including last year's matchup against the Carolina Panthers who the Seahawks face once again in a Divisional playoff game on Sunday. 

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