Jamaal Williams and the Green Bay Packers currently hold the NFC’s No. 2 seed.
The Atlanta Falcons stunned the San Francisco 49ers Sunday.
The Seattle Seahawks took care of business.
And the two NFC West powers swapped places.
It was a wild and wacky day in the NFL, and when it ended, the Green Bay Packers found themselves right where they were when the day began — holding the No. 2 seed.
The Packers defeated Chicago, 21-13, clinched a playoff berth and improved to 11-3 overall. Green Bay leads the NFC North by one game over Minnesota (10-4), holds the conference’s No. 2 seed and heads to the final two games of the season with limitless possibilities.
“We’ve just got to keep climbing,” Packers center Corey Linsley said. “It’s such a tight race at the top. We’ve got a potential NFC North clincher next week. So we’ve just got to keep going.”
Seattle improved to 11-3 with an easy win over Carolina and moved atop the NFC West thanks to an earlier win over San Francisco (11-3). The Seahawks also surged ahead of Green Bay for the top seed in the conference based on a better record against common opponents.
Green Bay, New Orleans (10-3), Dallas (7-7), San Francisco and Minnesota round out the current playoff field.
“We control our destiny,” Packers wideout Davante Adams said. “We’ve just got to keep winning games. As long as we’re in, I don’t really care who gets in, how they do. If we get in, we’ve just got to take care of business.”
Here’s how the NFC playoff race looks with two weeks to play:
1. Seattle (11-3)
Remaining schedule: vs. Arizona, vs. San Francisco.
Analysis: The Seahawks have two home games remaining and a terrific chance at landing the NFC’s No. 1 seed.
2. Green Bay (11-3)
Remaining schedule: at Minnesota, at Detroit.
Analysis: The Packers will clinch the NFC North with one more win. Green Bay would need help, though, to pass the Seahawks and jump into the No. 1 spot.
3. New Orleans (10-3)
Remaining schedule: vs. Indianapolis, at Tennessee, at Carolina.
Analysis: The Saints have already clinched the NFC South, and could climb into a top-2 seed with some help.
4. Dallas (7-7)
Remaining schedule: at Philadelphia, vs. Washington.
Analysis: Dallas travels to Philadelphia (7-7) Sunday in a game that will likely decide this horrendous division.
5. San Francisco (11-3)
Remaining schedule: vs. Los Angeles Rams, at Seattle.
Analysis: The 49ers were in control of the conference before suffering an unthinkable loss to Atlanta on Sunday.
6. Minnesota (10-4)
Remaining schedule: vs. Green Bay, vs. Chicago.
Analysis: The Vikings are looking at a wildcard berth unless they win out and the Packers lose twice.
IN THE HUNT
7. Los Angeles Rams (8-6)
8. Philadelphia (5-7)