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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

December 16, 2012 at 9:50 PM

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Wild-card watch: Seahawks one win away from playoff berth

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N.Y. Giants8-67-4
St. Louis6-7-15-4-1
Tampa Bay6-83-7
Things are a mess in the NFC East, but they're pretty straightforward for Seattle.

If the Seahawks' win one of their final two games, they are assured of a playoff spot.

That's because Seattle has a one-game lead over all the other teams who can be considered candidates for a wild-card berth. If Seattle wins one of the next two games, it will have 10 wins and can finish no worse than tied for a wild-card berth. The Giants are the only team in the NFC that could conceivably finish 10-6, not win their division and win a tiebreaker against Seattle for a wild-card berth because the Giants would have a better conference record. If that were to happen, Seattle would be guaranteed to earn the second wild-card berth (No. 6 seed) no matter how many other teams finish 10-6 in the NFC. The Seahawks would have a tiebreaker advantage over all of them with head-to-head victories over the Bears and the Vikings (Note: The Cowboys don't factor into the equation because if they were to finish 10-6, they would be division champs and not a wild-card consideration).

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Sunday: Beat Buffalo, 50-17 Sunday: Lost to Green Bay, 21-13
Dec. 23vs. San Francisco (10-3-1) Dec. 23at Arizona (5-9)
Dec. 30vs. St. Louis (6-7-1) Dec. 30at Detroit (4-10)
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Sunday: Beat Cleveland, 38-21 Sunday: Beat Pittsburgh, 27-24
Dec. 23at Philadelphia (4-10) Dec. 23vs. New Orleans (6-8)
Dec. 30vs. Dallas (8-6) Dec. 30at Washington (8-6)
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Sunday: Beat St. Louis, 36-22 Sunday: Lost to Atlanta, 34-0
Dec. 23at Houston (12-2) Dec. 23at Baltimore (9-5)
Dec. 30vs. Green Bay (10-4) Dec. 30vs. Philadelphia (4-10)

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