Heading into week 17 the Packers have a one game lead for the NFC’s number one seed. With two games left the Packers have a hold on the spot for now, but they need to officially clinch it. The good news is that they control their own destiny. However, there are other scenarios where they still wind up with the number one seed without winning out.
This is the scenario that the Packers, and most fans, probably prefer. The Packers most simple path to being the official one seed is to go 2-0 over the next two weeks. They play Minnesota on Sunday Night Football then close the season in Detroit. If they win both games they will clicnh the number one seed. However, there is a way they could clinch this week, but they would need some help.
The Packers biggest threat to the number one seed is the Dallas Cowboys, led by former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. If Green Bay is to lose a game they can still be the number one seed so long as Dallas also loses the game. The Packers hold tie breakers over Arizona, Los Angeles and Tampa Bay so Green Bay would have to go 0-2 for any of those three teams to have a chance. Green Bay can clinch the number one seed this week if Dallas loses to Arizona and they beat the Vikings. Dallas and Arizona play at 3:25 CT so the Packers will know if they can clinch before kick off.