If the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears on Sunday to claim the NFC North, there are four possible playoff scenarios.
They would host either the San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks or Carolina Panthers in a wild card game.
The most likely scenarios involve New Orleans and San Francisco. We tried to play everything out and here’s what we came up with.
If Seattle beats St. Louis to claim the NFC West or San Francisco loses to Arizona, handing Seattle the NFC West, which would occur even if both teams lose, the Packers get the 49ers. If Seattle, San Francisco and New Orleans all lose, the Packers would still see the 49ers. Similarly, if they all win — 49ers.
If Carolina wins, then New Orleans is a wild card. They get the Packers if they beat Tampa and Arizona beats San Francisco.
Right now, the Panthers are NFC South division champs if they win on Sunday against Atlanta, even if New Orleans wins. They would have to lose to the Falcons, have New Orleans and Arizona win to get a date with Green Bay.
If Seattle loses to St. Louis and San Francisco beats Arizona, the Packers get the Seahawks.