How the Packers can clinch the top seed in Week 17.
The Green Bay Packers showed the world on Sunday night just how tough they will be to beat at Lambeau Field in wintery conditions.
In their best performance of the season, the Packers threw the ball well, they ran the ball well, they stopped the run, and they forced turnovers. A 40-14 win over the Tennessee Titans was well deserved but it wasn’t enough to secure the top seed in the NFC.
Not yet, at least.
The Packers need to wait until the final game of the regular season to be able to secure home-field advantage in the postseason. There are two ways it can happen.
Packers beat Bears
This is the ideal route to the top seed. The Packers build on their five-game winning streak, defeat the Bears at Soldier Field and ensure the first seed is theirs.
Green Bay currently has a one-game lead over both the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, so a victory on Sunday will be enough to clinch the top seed.
If the Packers lose to the Bears and both the Saints and Seahawks win, the tiebreaking scenarios would mean Green Bay has the third seed.
However, there is a route to the top seed even if Green Bay loses next week.
No matter the result of the game at Soldier Field, if the Seahawks lose to the San Francisco 49ers, the top seed will be Green Bay’s.
That’s because Green Bay would remain at least one game ahead of Seattle. That would mean the only potential tie for first place would come with New Orleans.
If it’s a two-way tie between the Packers and Saints, Green Bay would take the higher seed as it defeated New Orleans in Week 3.
There are two potential routes to securing the NFC’s number one seed this week. Either a Green Bay victory or a Seattle loss.