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NFL playoff picture: What does Seahawks-Cardinals mean for NFC standings in Week 18

The Seattle Seahawks face the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale in Week 18. We break down what the game means for the NFL playoff picture.

Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals carries the ball during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on January 02, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Sunday update: The Cardinals lost to the Seahawks and finished fifth overall in the NFC. They will face the Los Angeles Rams in LA in the Wild Card round.

The Seattle Seahawks cap off their season with a Week 18 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals who are heading to the playoffs. The Cardinals can mathematically be the No. 2, the No. 3 or the No. 5 seed depending on what happens around the league. Kickoff from State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona is set for 4:25 p.m. ET with the game airing on FOX.

Cardinals playoff picture

Current NFC standing

Arizona is 2-3 in their most recent five games with their losses being against the Los Angeles Rams, Detroit Lions and the Indianapolis Colts. Luckily, they were able to somewhat right the ship in Week 17 with a win over the Dallas Cowboys. The Cardinals offense has sputtered with wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins sidelined, and they just haven’t looked like themselves. They were trending in the wrong direction, but with a win over the Cowboys and if they can win against the Seahawks, they will have some momentum heading into the playoffs. Regardless of what happens in this game, they are playoff bound, it just remains to be seen what seed they will be.

Rest of the NFC playoff field

Packers (13-3) @ Lions (2-13-1)
49ers (9-7) @ Rams (12-4)
Panthers (5-11) @ Buccaneers (12-4)
49ers (9-7) @ Rams (12-4)
The Cowboys beat the Eagles on Saturday