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If The NFL Playoffs Started Today: The NFC East Is Not Your Stepping Stone (For Now)

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The Washington Football Team shocked the NFL on Monday evening by topping the previously unbeaten 11-0 Pittsburgh Steelers and for the moment, hopping into a first-place tie in the pedestrian NFC East.

Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera gave his old buddy (and current Kansas City Chiefs head coach) Andy Reid a little help in the race for home-field advantage. However, the Steelers still hold a tiebreaker over the Chiefs for the AFC’s top spot.

In other NFC East news, the Giants went to Seattle and surprisingly knocked off the Seahawks. That’s correct, the same bumbling Giants that couldn’t get out of their own way during the season’s first five weeks look like an actual playoff team…sort of.

Let’s take a look at the latest fake proceedings as they currently stand:

AFC

#1 – Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC North champion, bye)

#2 – Kansas City Chiefs (AFC West champion)* – clinched playoff spot

#3 – Buffalo Bills (AFC East champion)

#4 – Tennessee Titans (AFC South champion)

#5  – Cleveland Browns (Wild Card)

#6 –  Miami Dolphins (Wild Card)

#7 – Indianapolis Colts (Wild Card)

NFC

#1 – New Orleans Saints  (NFC South champion, bye)* – clinched playoff spot

#2 – Green Bay Packers (NFC North champion)

#3 – Los Angeles Rams (NFC West champion)

#4 – New York Giants (NFC East champion)

#5 – Seattle Seahawks (Wild Card)

#6 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Wild Card)

#7 – Minnesota Vikings (Wild Card)

PROPOSED, FICTIONAL TV SCHEDULE

WILD CARD ROUND:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 @ 1:05PM – #6 Miami Dolphins at #3 Buffalo Bills (ESPN)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 @ 4:40PM – #5 Tennessee Titans at #4 Indianapolis Colts (CBS)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 @ 8:15PM – #5 Seattle Seahawks at #4 New York Giants (NBC)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 @ 1:05PM – #7 Indianapolis Colts at #2 Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 @ 4:40PM – #7 Minnesota Vikings at #2 Green Bay Packers (FOX)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 @ 8:15PM – #6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at #3 Los Angeles Rams (NBC)

DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF ROUND:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 @ 4:30PM – (FOX)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 @ 8PM – TEN/CLE/MIA/IND at #1 Pittsburgh Steelers (NBC)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 @ 3PM – (CBS)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 @ 6:30PM – NYG/SEA/TB/MIN at #1 New Orleans Saints (FOX)

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