Here's how it looks in the NFC after ALL of Sunday's results, including the Panthers' big 30-10 win over Denver and Dallas' 20-8 victory over the suddenly slumping Giants. It's now for sure that Carolina and the Giants will play for the No.1 NFC playoff seed and homefield advantage Sunday, Dec.21 at 8:15 p.m. in Giants Stadium on NBC.
But if the season ended today, these would be your 1-6 seeds in the NFC. Seeds 1-4 would host at least one playoff game as division winners. Seeds 1 and 2 also would get a first-round bye and would play their first playoff games the weekend of Jan.10-11.
1. New York Giants (11-3)
2. CAROLINA (11-3)
3. Minnesota (9-5)
4. Arizona (8-6)
5. Dallas (9-5)
6. Tampa Bay (9-5)
OUT of the playoffs at the moment but still on the bubble: Atlanta (9-5), Philadelphia (7-5-1) and Chicago (8-6)
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If the Panthers beat the Giants, they will be the No.1 NFC seed (which Carolina has never been before), can rest their key starters against New Orleans AND the road to the Super Bowl will go through Charlotte.
Carolina needs just one win to take the NFC South in its final two games, no matter what the Falcons and Bucs do. And even if the Panthers lose to the Giants, a win at New Orleans Dec.28 would clinch the Panthers the No.2 NFC playoff seed, a first-round playoff bye and a home playoff game.