Here’s how the NFL playoff picture looks with Week 16’s Sunday action complete:
y – 1. Green Bay Packers (12-3), NFC North champions: They own league’s best record and remain on track to secure No. 1 seed for second straight year following Christmas win over Cleveland. It’s possible Pack wrap up home-field advantage and first-round bye in Week 17. Remaining schedule: vs. Vikings, at Lions
y – 2. Dallas Cowboys (11-4), NFC East champions: They locked up a playoff spot Thursday courtesy of San Francisco’s loss and wrapped up the division before taking the field Sunday night thanks to the strength of victory tiebreaker eliminating Philadelphia from the equation. Dallas – 5-0 against NFC East competition – still has time to reel in No. 1 seed, too. Remaining schedule: vs. Cardinals, at Eagles
x – 3. Los Angeles Rams (11-4), NFC West leaders: Sunday’s win in Minnesota and Arizona’s Christmas night loss to Colts vaults LA atop division – and also enabled Rams to wrap up their playoff spot. Week 3 win over Bucs looming as important tiebreaker. Remaining schedule: at Ravens, vs. 49ers
y – 4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-4), NFC South champions: Division titlists for first time since 2007 and still in mix for No. 1 seed – especially given likelihood Bucs reach 13 wins considering remaining regular-season opponents. Remaining schedule: at Jets, vs. Panthers
x – 5. Arizona Cardinals (10-5), wild card No. 1: Another second-half collapse under Kliff Kingsbury seems to be underway, Cards having now lost three in a row and five of eight. Ironically, the Rams – the same team that’s displaced Arizona atop NFC West – put Cardinals into playoff field Sunday by beating Minnesota. Remaining schedule: at Cowboys, vs. Seahawks
6. San Francisco 49ers (8-7), wild card No. 2: Missed quite a few opportunities during Thursday’s loss in Nashville. Still, they have some margin for error courtesy of a 6-5 conference record that includes wins over the Vikings and Eagles….