Seahawks likely to play at NFC East champion
The Falcons (13-2) have clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
No. 2 seed: First-round bye, home-field advantage in the Divisional Playoffs
The Seahawks do not control their own destiny, and to earn that first-round bye, the following would have to occur:
• Seattle must beat St. Louis.
• The 49ers (10-4-1) must lose at home to Arizona.
• The Packers (11-4) must lose to Minnesota.
No. 3 seed: Home-field advantage in wild-card round, facing No. 6 seed
The Seahawks do not control their own destiny.
• Seattle beats the Rams.
• 49ers lose to Arizona.
• The Packers beat the Vikings.
No. 4 seed: Home-field advantage in wild-card round game against NFC's No. 5 seed
The only way Seattle can possibly win the division is to win its final game, and if the Seahawks do that, they would be assured of having a better record than the team that wins the NFC East.
No. 5 seed: Road game in wild-card round vs. NFC's No. 4 seed
Seattle has already gauranteed itself at least the No. 5 seed by virtue of its win combined with the New York Giants' loss to Baltimore. Seattle will be the No. 5 seed if it loses to St. Louis or if it beats the Rams, but San Francisco defeats Arizona
The No. 5 seed in the playoffs will face the winner of next Sunday's game between Washington and Dallas, which will determine the NFL champion.
No. 6 seed: Road game in wild-card round vs. NFC's No. 3 seed
If the Seahawks lost to the Rams and the Vikings beat the Packers, both Seattle and Minnesota would be tied at 10-6, but Seattle would win the tiebreaker by virtue of its head-to-head victory over the Vikings.