We have just three more football-stuffed Sundays this season. That's mildly depressing, but they also should be a lot of fun because the playoff picture is packed so tight.
That's especially true in the NFC. Here's what we learned after Week 14:
Packers are angling for a bye
The Green Bay Packers now own sole possession of first place in the NFC North. We've expected this takeover all season, but Green Bay's bid for a playoff bye snuck up on us.
The Packers don't have tiebreakers against the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers, but they might not need them. The 49ers still have to travel to face the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. If the 49ers fall once, the Packers can grab the No. 2 seed by winning out. If they lose in New England, well ...
Seahawks still have a shot at the NFC West
Bears could slip right out of the playoffs
The Washington Redskins have the best shot to make it happen, assuming RG3 is healthy. The Redskins face the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles the next two weeks. They have fewer conferences losses than the Bears. The Redskins are in position to create a "win-and-in" scenario for themselves in Week 17 against the Dallas Cowboys.
Redskins still have two routes
The New York Giants held serve with a big home win over the New Orleans Saints, but they remain only one game ahead of the Redskins in the NFC East. The Giants' schedule remains very difficult. The Redskins have a good shot to sneak into the playoffs because they have two routes to get there: the division title and the wild card.
Saints, Bucs all but done
Cowboys, Vikings only took small steps
The Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings both had huge wins Sunday against winning teams. They still have very little margin for error moving forward. The Cowboys have no gimmes left on the schedule and probably have to win out. The Vikings have to travel to play the St. Louis Rams and Houston Texans before hosting the Packers. We'd still be stunned if the Vikings made the playoffs.