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Big shakeup as 5 teams clinch

Here’s how the NFL playoff picture looks with Week 15’s Sunday games complete:


x-1. Seattle Seahawks (11-3): NFC West leader. Victory over the Panthers combined with Rams’ loss means ‘Hawks will play in January. San Francisco’s stumble means Seahawks are also again in position to host at least one playoff game … after a week off. Seattle currently has inside edge for home-field advantage due to common games tiebreaker with Packers, whose losses to Eagles and 49ers now especially hurt.

x-2. Green Bay Packers (11-3): NFC North leader. Win over Bears in teams’ 200th meeting wasn’t necessarily pretty but, coupled with subsequent loss by Rams, guarantees playoff return for Pack. Big Week 16 trip to Minnesota.

y-3. New Orleans Saints (10-3): NFC South champions. Must beat Colts on Monday to keep heat on Seahawks, Packers for first-round bye. However New Orleans can’t pass Seattle or Green Bay until Week 16.