NFC 2011 Playoff Race: Green Bay Leads The Pack
With the bulk of NFL Week 12 action pitting conference foes against each other, the playoff picture is now clearer in the NFC. The Packers and 49ers continue to lead the NFC playoff race, while the Saints are marching in!
An exciting NFL 2011 Thanksgiving Weekend is in the books and the playoff picture is coming into focus in the National Football Conference.
Following Week 12 action, the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers are on the verge of winning their divisions, and punching a playoff ticket. There are six other teams that still have a shot at the other four remaining NFC playoff positions.
National Football Conference: North And West Near Lockdown
With their 27-15 win over the Lions, on Thanksgiving Thursday, the Green Bay Packers moved to a perfect 11-0 on the 2011 NFL season. One more win by the defending Super Bowl Champs will lockup the NFC North. It’s only a matter of time before they clinch the top overall spot in the NFC.
Even though they stumbled, 16-6 to the Ravens on Thursday, the San Francisco 49ers (9-2) are still well ahead of the pack in the NFC West Division. With a five game lead over Seattle and Arizona, the 49ers will win the West with a Week 13 home victory over the St. Louis Rams.
NFC East – NFC South: Divisional Titles Still Up For Grabs
After the New York Giants (6-5) got pounded, 49-24 by the New Orleans Saints during the Week 12 Monday Night Football match-up, the Dallas Cowboys (7-4) sit a game up on the G-Men in the NFC East Division. The Eagles and Redskins both need a miracle to overtake the Cowboys.
New Orleans (8-3) regained a one game lead in the NFC West over Atlanta (7-4). The Falcons defeated the Minnesota Vikings 24-14 on Sunday. Tampa Bay and Carolina will be playing the role of spoiler the rest of the way this season as their playoff hopes have evaporated.
Detroit and Chicago are the only other teams with an NFC playoff life that is still alive.