The ins and outs of the NFL playoff races
With five of the six playoff slots in the NFC and four in the AFC decided, some would think much of the drama of the schedule's final week has been removed.
All nine of the teams already qualified for the Super Bowl chase have something to play for on Sunday.
Start with the defending league champion Seahawks (11-4). Excluding any Week 17 ties in the multitude of scenarios, Seattle not only will get the NFC West title by beating St. Louis, but also home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Not a pleasant thought for its opponents.
New England (12-3) doesn't need anything else to happen but to beat visiting Buffalo on Sunday to clinch staying home for the AFC playoffs.