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courtesy of some weirdo Seattle fans woofin' on the ESPN 'conversation' and a little research and guesswork, I've been sipping some serious playoff-prediction Kool-Aid.

so check this out. The NFC playoff picture is so Atlanta-followed-by-everyone-else that Seattle is, in fact, in the hunt for the #2 seed. Here's the cast, with their current record and remaining 3 games:

Atlanta 11-2 <NYG, @DET, <TB
San Francisco 9-3-1 @NE, @SEA, <ARI
Green Bay 9-4 @CHI, <TEN, @MIN
New York Giants 8-5 @ATL, @BAL, <PHI
Seattle 8-5 @BUF (Toronto), <SF, <STL

Here is a set of presumed outcomes for those games, and again, this is the Kook-Aid scenario:
- San Francisco loses at NE and Seattle
- Green Bay loses at Minnesota (or maybe Chicago)
- Giants lose at either Atlanta or Baltimore
- Seattle wins out
In this scenario, the playoff would standings look like this:

1. 14-2 Atlanta
t2. 11-5 Green Bay
t2. 11-5 Seattle
4. 11-5 New York
5. 10-5-1 San Francisco
6. Chicago/Minnesota/Dallas/Washington

So, yeah. A tie at 11-5, between those week 3 Monday Night Football opponents, when the replacement refs honked their final call ever, in the end zone as time expired (I say OPI, you say interception, whatever), that we all agree gave Seattle the win unfairly. In THIS scenario, it's the difference between the #2 seed and the #3 seed for Green Bay, and the #2 and #5 for Seattle. Wwwow. Can you even imagine the size of the chip on Green Bay's shoulder if they have to play an extra game, then travel to Seattle again because of that?

It gets really complicated if the Giants win out, because the 3-way rules kick Green Bay to the #4 seed (they lost to both), and Seattle and New York would tie in conf. record (8-4) and common opponents (4-1). They would have to go to Strength of Victory (collective win% of teams they defeated, IIUC), or possibly beyond, to decide it. By my quick check it'd be very, very close unless there are a few upsets coming.

So anyway, there you have it. That's how the Seahawks get the #2. Pass the apple slices and cheez-wiz. : )

-n8 (board Seahawks homer)
PS: my hope is that Green Bay wins out and takes the 2 outright at 12-4. Of course, if that happens and Atlanta loses a third game, that could mean the refs cost the Pack the #1 seed.
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