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

The Seahawks face the Cardinals on Sunday. We break down what the game means for the NFL playoff picture.

Pete Carroll the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates with Geno Smith #7 after Smith threw the game winning touchdown pass against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 24, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks close out the 2023-24 regular season on Sunday when they travel to face the Arizona Cardinals. The Seahawks won in Seattle in Week 7 and need a win to have a chance at a playoff berth.

The game kicks off at 4:25 p.m. ET and the Seahawks are a field goal favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Update — The Bucs and Saints each won in the 1 p.m. ET window. Tampa Bay is the No. 4 seed and the Saints temporarily move into the No. 7 seed. If the Packers win, they’re in. If the Packers lose and Seahawks win, they get in. If Seattle and Green Bay lose, New Orleans gets into the postseason.

Seattle Seahawks playoff picture

Update — The Packers defeated the Bears in Week 18 and the Seahawks have been eliminated from playoff contention.

The Seahawks are 8-8 and sitting in eighth place in the NFC playoff standings. They held the final wild card berth last week, but a 30-23 home loss to the Steelers coupled with the Packers road win over the Vikings moved Green Bay into the final spot.

Seattle needs a win or tie and some help to secure the final wild card berth. If the Seahawks win and the Packers lose or tie against the Bears, Seattle would clinch the final wild card berth. If the Seahawks tie the Cardinals, they would secure the final berth with a Packers loss and either a Bucs loss or tie against the Panthers or a Saints loss or tie against the Falcons.

Arizona Cardinals playoff picture

The Cardinals were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 15.

Tiebreaker implications

The Seahawks can finish no higher than seventh. Even if they move ahead of Green Bay, they are a full game back of the Rams. If LA loses, they would remain ahead of Seattle because of the head-to-head tiebreaker.