Packers projected as NFC Wild Card team after Washington loss

The weekend could not have gone better for the Green Bay Packers. On top of their 30-27 win over the Bears Sunday, a series of losses by key NFC foes now has the Pack projected as an NFC playoff team.

Green Bay would take the sixth and final NFC playoff spot if the postseason started today. They slid into the projected position thanks to Washington's loss to Carolina on Monday Night Football.

The Packers are 8-6, and still have hopes of winning the NFC North with two games remaining. The week 17 matchup at Detroit will likely decide who wins the division title. But even if the Packers lose that game, they can still secure a wild card spot with losses by key teams down the stretch. Right now, the Packers are tied with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 8-6, but Green Bay owns the tiebreaker over Tampa Bay. Minnesota, at 7-7, can still cause problems for the Pack if they win this Saturday at Lambeau Field.

If the playoffs started today, Dallas and Seattle would have the two byes. Atlanta and Detroit would host the two wild card teams, projected to be the Giants and Packers.

Green Bay and Minnesota battle Saturday at noon at Lambeau Field. The Packers are 5-2 at home this season.

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