The Seattle Seahawks, who started the week on the outside looking in, needed a win Sunday and some help to get back into one of the playoff positions.
For the most part, they didn't get that help.
After a slow start, the Seahawks took command in the second half against the San Francisco 49ers on the way to a 24-13 win.
The Seahawks also needed the red-hot New Orleans Saints to get a win on the road against the L.A. Rams so that Seattle could take the lead in the NFC West. That didn't happen. The Rams won 26-20.
The Arizona Cardinals are not dead yet. They beat the Jacksonville Jaguars on a career-long 57-yard field goal by Phil Dawson in the final seconds, 27-24. But the Cardinals still need a lot more help than the Seahawks do.
November 27, 2017
Phil Dawson from 57 yards!
Here are the updated NFC West standings
Now to the rest of the NFC.
The Philadelphia Eagles -- Seattle's next opponent -- are going to be NFC East champions. After Sunday's 31-3 beatdown of the Chicago Bears, the Eagles are a win or a Dallas Cowboys loss away from clinching the division. So now they are all about trying to get home-field advantage in the playoffs.
The Minnesota Vikings are in a great spot to wrap up the NFC North by early December and are still in the hunt for the No. 1 seed after their 30-23 win over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving.
November 23, 2017
CASE KEENUM WILL DO IT HIMSELF!!
The Seahawks needed the New York Jets to beat the Carolina Panthers to make up ground in the wild card race. Nope. Panthers won 35-27.
The Seahawks also needed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to beat the Atlanta Falcons to make up ground in the wild card race. Again, nope. The Falcons kept on rolling with a 34-20 win.
November 26, 2017
Wait. WHAT?!@Mo_12_Sanu is tossing TDs!
The Cowboys are a mess right now, much to the Seahawks' favor. They have now lost three in a row by at least 20 points each. The latest embarrassment? A 28-6 whoopin' at the hands of the San Diego Chargers.
The Green Bay Packers put their best foot forward with backup quarterback Brett Hundley but still couldn't pull off the win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-28.
November 27, 2017
ANTONIO BROWN IS NOT HUMAN.
The Washington Redskins stayed in the playoff conversation with a 20-10 win over the New York Giants Thursday night.November 24, 2017
Here are the updated NFC Standings
Eagles 10-1 (NFC East Leader; Home field advantage)
Vikings 9-2 (NFC North Leader; 1st Round bye)
Rams 8-3 (NFC West Leader)
Saints 8-3 (NFC South Leader)
Panthers 8-3 (Wild Card; at Saints)
Falcons 7-4 (Wild Card; at Rams)
The Seahawks have a tough final five weeks ahead. Their opponents have a combined record of 35-20. The good news is three of those games come at home, and one of those is against the Rams.
If the Seahawks can go 4-1 the rest of the way, they are likely in the playoffs as either a wild card or NFC West champ. If they go 3-2, they might get in. 2-3 likely has them sitting at home.
In addition to the Seahawks, the Rams have to take on the Eagles and the AFC South-leading Titans. Not an easy stretch for them, either.
Want more good news? Even though the Falcons have the tiebreaker on the Seahawks, they have to play the Vikings next week, the Saints twice, and the Panthers. If they make the playoffs with that slate, they've earned it.
The Panthers have to play the Saints, Vikings, and Falcons.