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The NFC playoff picture through Week 14

MARQUES COLSTON Marques Colston, a wide receiver at

MARQUES COLSTON
Marques Colston, a wide receiver at Hofstra from 2002-05, has emerged as one of the top-tier wideouts in the NFL. He caught 98 passes for 1,202 yards and 11 TDs in 2007. Through 11 games in 2009, all wins for the Saints, Colston has 48 catches for 808 yards and seven TDs. Photo Credit: Getty Images, 2009

Another week, another win for Big Blue. A 21-3 shellacking of the Vikings at Ford Field - thanks to a deflated Metrodome - gave the Giants three-straight wins.

Good thing, too, because life atop the NFC isn't easy. The Packers are 8-5, one game out in their division ... and in eighth place. The defending Super Bowl champion Saints are sitting at 10-3 ... and could conceivably miss the postseason.

Crazy as it is, though, the 4-9 Cardinals are still IN the race! And yes, this week, we'll give in, and include them in the playoff picture. The Redskins and Vikings, both sitting at 5-8? Sorry, fellas; consider a transplant to the NFC West.

1. Atlanta Falcons 11-2
2. Chicago Bears 9-4
3. Philadelphia Eagles 9-4
4. St. Louis Rams 6-7
5. New Orleans Saints 10-3
6. New York Giants 9-4

On the outside looking in

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8-5
Green Bay Packers 8-5
Seattle Seahawks 6-7
San Francisco 49ers 5-8
Arizona Cardinals 4-9

Key games coming up in Week 15

Philadelphia at Giants
Atlanta at Seattle
Green Bay at New England

Remaining schedules for each team

Atlanta

Dec. 19: at Seattle (6-7)
Dec. 27: vs. New Orleans (10-3)
Jan. 2: vs. Carolina (1-12)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 17-22 (.436)

Chicago

Dec. 19: at Minnesota (5-8)
Dec. 23: vs. Jets (9-4)
Jan. 2: at Green Bay (8-5)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 22-17 (.564)

Philadelphia

Dec. 19: at Giants (9-4)
Dec. 26: vs. Minnesota (5-8)
Jan. 2: vs. Dallas (4-9)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 18-21 (.462)

St. Louis

Dec. 19: vs. Kansas City (8-5)
Dec. 26: vs. San Francisco (5-8)
Jan. 2: at Seattle (6-7)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 19-20 (.487)

New Orleans

Dec. 19: at Baltimore (9-4)
Dec. 26: at Atlanta (11-2)
Jan. 2: vs. Tampa Bay (8-5)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 28-11 (.718)

Giants

Dec. 19: vs. Philadelphia (9-4)
Dec. 26: at Green Bay (8-5)
Jan. 2: at Washington (5-8)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 22-17 (.564)

Tampa Bay

Dec. 19: vs. Detroit (3-10)
Dec. 26: vs. Seattle (6-7)
Jan. 2: at New Orleans (10-3)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 19-20 (.487)

Green Bay

Dec. 19: at New England (11-2)
Dec. 26: vs. Giants (9-4)
Jan. 2: vs. Chicago (9-4)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 29-10 (.744)

Seattle

Dec. 19: vs. Atlanta (11-2)
Dec. 26: at Tampa Bay (8-5)
Jan 2: vs. St. Louis (6-7)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 25-14 (.641)

San Francisco

Dec. 16: at San Diego (7-6)
Dec. 26: at St. Louis (6-7)
Jan. 2: vs. Arizona (4-9)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 17-22 (.436)

Arizona

Dec. 19: at Carolina (1-12)
Dec. 25: vs. Dallas (4-9)
Jan. 2: at San Francisco (5-8)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 10-29 (.256)
 

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