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If playoffs started now, Packers wouldn't qualify

Nov. 6, 2013 11:21 AM
 
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Only one team in the NFC has a better record than the Packers' 6-3 mark. No team in the NFL has allowed fewer points than the Packers. The Packers' plus-78 point differential is the best in the league. The Packers beat the New York Jets, who boast the best record in the AFC. Yet for all those accomplishments, if the NFL playoffs started today, the Packers wouldn't be invited to the party. The Packers are tied for first place in the NFC North with Chicago, but right now the Bears own the tiebreaker over the Packers by virtue of their 20-17 victory earlier this season. The Packers are among six teams in the NFC with 6-3 records, just one game behind league-leading Atlanta (7-2). But based on wild-card tiebreakers, the Packers would be left out in the cold. Although the Packers defeated the Eagles (6-3) in the season opener, Philadelphia would make the playoffs because it currently sits atop the NFC East. The Giants (6-3) and Saints (6-3) would edge out the Packers for wild-card berths based on better records against NFC teams. Meanwhile, Seattle (5-4) would get in because of its first-place standing in the weak sister NFC West. The Packers are currently ranked No. 7 among NFC teams in terms of playoff seeding. The Buccaneers, also at 6-3, are ranked No. 8 in the NFC. Here are the NFC seedings, as of right now: 1. Falcons (7-2) 2. Eagles (6-3) 3. Bears (6-3) 4. Seahawks (5-4) 5. Giants (6-3) 6. Saints (6-3) 7. Packers (6-3) 8. Bucs (6-3) 9. Rams (4-5) 10. Redskins (4-5) A 6-3 record in the AFC would be good enough to qualify for the playoffs, although there are four other teams hovering at 5-4. Here are the current AFC playoff seedings: 1. Jets (7-2) 2. Ravens (6-3) 3. Colts (6-3) 4. Raiders (5-4) 5. Patriots (7-2) 6. Steelers (6-3) 7. Chiefs (5-4) 8. Dolphins (5-4) 9. Titans (5-4) 10. Jaguars (5-4)

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