Let's break down what we know:
The Falcons all but clinched the No. 1 seed
The 49ers all but won the NFC West
So does the Seahawks-49ers game matter?
Absolutely. The Seahawks would clinch a playoff berth with a win. They'd also move closer to winning the No. 5 seed, where they would open the playoffs at the NFC East champion. Door No. 2 (the No. 6 seed) would be a potential trip to San Francisco or Green Bay.
San Francisco, meanwhile, still is fighting for a potential playoff bye. A loss in Seattle would open the door for Green Bay to get the No. 2 seed.
About that NFC East ...
So I couldn't wait to break down all the playoff implications and scenarios regarding the three-way tie atop the division between the Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. I recommend reading the long version I wrote Sunday night if you're interested, but here's the short version:
- The Giants won't win any tiebreaker for the division. So their only chance to win the division would be to win it outright.