The NFC playoff picture is a mess. Week 11 saw the 49ers and Vikings hold serve in their divisional races by pulling out comeback victories, leaving three of the NFC’s four divisions within one game at the top. The Saints confirmed their stranglehold on the South by all but eliminating the Buccaneers from playoff contention, then got help from the archrival Falcons when the suddenly dominant Atlanta defense stomped Kyle Allen and the Panthers. By the time the Rams sent Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to the bench with a right hip injury on Sunday night, the NFC race was realistically down to eight teams.
Each of our eight contenders has at least a 20% chance of making it to the postseason, per ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI). The eight other teams in the conference have combined playoff chances of just 2.5%, most of which comes from the 5-5 Panthers, who are at 1.4%.
Let’s run through those eight teams… NEXT.