The NFL playoff picture is really heating up entering Week 15 of the 2021 NFL season. Of the 16 teams in the NFC, 15 of them still have a mathematical chance to make the playoffs. Only the Detroit Lions have been eliminated from contention in the NFC. On the other hand, though no team has officially clinched a playoff spot yet, there are five NFC teams that are most likely locked in.
Those five teams are the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams. That leaves just two Wild Card spots remaining in the NFC playoffs. Here are five of the teams that are battling for those final spots.
Teams battling for a Wild Card spot in the NFC Playoffs
#1 - San Francisco 49ers (7-6)
Besides the five teams that look like "locks" to make it to the NFC Playoffs, the San Francisco 49ers are the only other team in the conference who currently have a winning record. They have a 5-2 record in their last seven games as they look to stay hot down the stretch. They control their own destiny for a Wild Card spot.
#2 - Washington Football Team (6-7)
The Washington Football Team have battled hard to get themselves back in the playoff picture. After starting the season with a disappointing 2-6 record, they came on strong to win their next four games. If the season ended today, Washington would have the 7th and final NFC playoff spot.
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NFC teams battling for a Wild Card spot in the playoffs
The NFC playoff race continues to heat up entering Week 15 of the 2021 NFL season.
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#3 - Minnesota Vikings (6-7)
The Minnesota Vikings have been one of the most inconsistent teams this season. They racked up some impressive victories, such as against the Green Bay Packers, but also some disappointing losses, such as against the Detroit Lions. Of their 13 games this season, 12 of them have been decided by eight or fewer points. They are also just 2-4 in games decided by three or fewer points.
#4 - New Orleans Saints (6-7)
The New Orleans Saints started the season with a strong 5-2 record. After suffering several key injuries to their offense, they went on to lose their next five consecutive games. They ended their losing streak this week and will look to gain some momentum down the stretch.
Uniquely talented Taysom Hill has taken over as the starting quarterback and will likely remain in the position for the rest of the season. He adds a new element to their offense with his dynamic dual threat abilities, in the air and on the ground.
#5 - Seattle Seahawks (5-8)
The Seattle Seahawks have work to do if they want to punch their ticket to the NFC playoffs, but they just might be getting hot at the right time. They are one of only five teams in the NFC who have an active winning streak, with the other four being among the "locks" for the playoffs. In their two consecutive victories, the Seahawks have combined for 63 points. They're in a good position to make a solid late-season push.