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NFC Playoff Picture: Seattle Seahawks Move Into No. 5 Spot

If the season ended today, the Seahawks would travel east for a wild-card matchup with the No. 4-seeded Washington Redskins.

With their 35-6 road win over the Baltimore Ravens, the Seahawks moved into the No. 5 playoff spot in the NFC.

That means that if the season ended today, Seattle would hit the road for a wild-card matchup against the No. 4-seeded Washington Redskins (6-7), who sit atop the NFC East by way of tiebreaker over the Philadelphia Eagles (6-7) based on head-to-head win percentage. That game would be played the weekend of Jan. 9-10, 2016.

The Seahawks entered this past Sunday's matchup in Baltimore as the conference's No. 6 playoff seed, which would have meant a trip to Green Bay for a matchup against the No. 3-seeded Packers (9-4). But thanks to a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Vikings (8-5) because of Seattle's 38-7 Week 13 win at Minnesota, the Seahawks currently hold the edge in playoff standing.

The Arizona Cardinals (11-2), meanwhile, clinched a spot in the postseason with a Week 14 win over the Vikings and remain frontrunners for the NFC West crown. If the Cardinals stay on track and win the division, the Seahawks' route to postseason play would be to claim one of the conference's two wild-card slots. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7), Atlanta Falcons (6-7), and Philadelphia Eagles (6-7) are all two games back of the 8-5 Seahawks and Vikings for wild-card standing.

Here's a look at the NFC playoff picture after Week 14:

Division Leaders

  1. Carolina Panthers (13-0, clinched NFC South and first-round playoff bye)
  1. Arizona Cardinals (11-2, clinched playoff berth)
  1. Green Bay Packers (9-4)
  1. Washington Redskins (6-7)

Wild Card

  1. Seattle Seahawks (8-5)
  1. Minnesota Vikings (8-5)

In The Hunt

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7)

Atlanta Falcons (6-7)

Philadelphia Eagles (6-7)

New York Giants (5-7)

St. Louis Rams (5-8)

Chicago Bears (5-8)

New Orleans Saints (5-8)

Dallas Cowboys (4-9)

Seahawks scored 29 or more points for the fourth-straight week, keeping the Ravens out  of the endzone in a 35-6 win in Week 14.

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