Pete Dougherty and Aaron Nagler look at the road ahead for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers after their loss to the Panthers in Carolina. USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin


Here is how the NFC playoff race stands, with the Green Bay Packers still barely alive for the second wild-card berth. Green Bay will be eliminated if Atlanta wins Monday night at Tampa Bay:

1. Eagles (10-2)

2. Vikings (11-3)

3. Saints (10-4)

4. Rams (10-4)

5. Panthers (10-4)

6. Falcons (8-5)

7. Lions (8-6)

8. Seahawks (8-6)

9. Cowboys  (8-6)

10. Packers (7-7)

In order for the Packers to make the playoffs, the following scenarios must occur:

» Packers must win their remaining games (Minnesota, at Detroit).

» Falcons must lose their final three games (at Tampa Bay, at New Orleans, Carolina).

» Seahawks must lose one of their remaining games (at Dallas, Arizona).

» Cowboys must lose one of their remaining games (Seattle, at Philadelphia).

If the Packers and Lions both finish 9-7, the Packers hold an edge based on the NFL's tiebreaking procedures.