Updated NFC playoff picture after the Vikings loss to the Packers in Week 17

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Nick Mullens
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What does the current NFC playoff picture look like after the Minnesota Vikings were manhandled by the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night?

After getting a win over the Las Vegas Raiders to improve their record to 7-6 a few weeks ago, the Minnesota Vikings qualifying for the 2023 playoffs seemed like something that was highly likely.

But following a pummeling by the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, the Vikings have now lost three games in a row, and they're heading into Week 18 with a 7-9 record. They now have a greater chance to watch the postseason from their couch than to participate in it.

Shockingly, the Vikings still haven't been officially eliminated from getting into this season's playoffs, but they are going to need a lot of help next weekend if a spot in the postseason is going to become a reality for them.

NFC Playoff Picture after Week 17: Where do the Minnesota Vikings stand?

After the results of every game on the Week 17 NFL schedule, listed below is the current NFC playoff picture heading into the final week of the 2023 regular season.

1. San Francisco 49ers (12-4)*
2. Dallas Cowboys (11-5)*
3. Detroit Lions (11-5)*
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-8)*
5. Philadelphia Eagles (11-5)
6. Los Angeles Rams (9-7)
7. Green Bay Packers (8-8)

* = Division Leader

In the Hunt

8. Seattle Seahawks (8-8)
9. New Orleans Saints (8-8)
10. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)
11. Atlanta Falcons (7-9)


12. Chicago Bears (7-9)
13. New York Giants (5-11)
14. Washington Commanders (4-12)
15. Arizona Cardinals (4-12)
16. Carolina Panthers (2-14)

First-Round Matchups if the Playoffs Started Today

- Green Bay Packers (7) at Dallas Cowboys (2)
- Los Angeles Rams (6) at Detroit Lions (3)
- Philadelphia Eagles (5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4)

(San Francisco 49ers (1) have a bye until the second round)