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Seahawks' playoff position after Sunday's games brings good, bad news

12/20/16

There are two weeks left in the regular season and the Seattle Seahawks path to a bye week and at least one home game in the playoffs is simple: win their last two games against teams with a combined record of 6-21-1.

But the hopes of getting home field advantage throughout the playoffs died Sunday night. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26-20 to go to 12-2. Only the Cowboys and their NFC East rivals the New York Giants (10-4) can reach 12 wins, so only one of those will get the top seed in the NFC.

But the Giants did Seattle a huge favor, beating the Detroit Lions 17-6 Sunday. That dropped the Lions to 9-5 and dropped them all the way from the No. 2 seed to the No. 4 seed.

The Lions have the Green Bay Packers breathing down their necks after the Pack got a last-second, game-winning field goal to beat the Chicago Bears 30-27. The Packers are still in line for a shot at the NFC North title. They also could leapfrog the Seahawks for the No. 2 seed if Seattle stumbles in its final two.

Detroit got a break, however, thanks to the Indianapolis Colts who flat our embarrassed the Minnesota Vikings 34-6. The Vikings are now 7-7 and two games behind the Lions with two games back. The Lions swept Minnesota earlier this year.

It was too much to hope that the one-win San Francisco 49ers could do anything against the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta crushed the Niners 41-13 to move up to 9-5 and jump to the No. 3 seed over Detroit. Atlanta remains a half-game back of Seattle in the playoff standings, so the Falcons could still move up in the final two weeks.

Washington and Carolina play Monday night. The Redskins hold the final wild card spot thanks to the Bucs' loss Sunday night.

The New Orleans Saints still have a playoff shot following their 48-41 win over Arizona, but they need to win their final two and get a lot of help.

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