The 2010 NFL playoff scenarios for the National Football Conference are clearer today than a week ago. And while they are still tight, time is running out for those teams that are trailing to make up precious ground.
With the best record in the conference at 11-2, you would think the Atlanta Falcons would be sitting pretty. But they're tailed closely in their own division by the conference's second best team record-wise, the defending Champion New Orleans Saints at 10-3.
The two teams meet in the season's final week in a game that will determine NFL playoff scenarios finality. That contest will go a long way to determining home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. The winner of the NFC South will then get a bye while the loser gets the top Wild Card spot.
Tied for the twelfth best record in the 16 team NFC, the San Francisco 49ers look like a team the NFL playoff scenarios should forget. But they remain just one game behind their division lead with three games to play. The Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams sit atop the NFC West with twin 6-7 records.
San Francisco and Seattle play at St. Louis in each of the final two weeks. Win those two home games and the St. Louis Rams wrap up their unbelievable comeback season with a division title. Fail to win the division and they're out of the NFL playoff scenarios for the NFC.
As the division winner with the worst record, the NFC West winner is on track to host the best Wild Card, would looks very much like it should be the second place team in the NFC South. The Rams or Seahawks could very well be a home underdog in the first round of the playoffs against the New Orleans Saints or Atlanta Falcons.