Updated NFC playoff picture after Packers shock Chiefs in Week 13

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How about that? The Green Bay Packers have won three in a row, taking down the Kansas City Chiefs in a Sunday night thriller.

Just like that, the Packers are in the playoff positions. They improve to 6-6. If the season ended today, Green Bay would be playing postseason football in January.

Having fallen to 3-6 after defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the outlook was bleak for a Packers team facing a three-game stretch against the Los Angeles Chargers, Detroit Lions, and Chiefs. But Green Bay won them all.

After getting some help around the league, Green Bay moves into the playoff spots. Let's take a look at the updated NFC playoff picture.

Packers move into playoff spot after beating Chiefs in Week 13

The Packers have significantly helped their playoff chances in the past few weeks. They now enter a favorable five-game stretch with a healthy 6-6 record, and they will be full of confidence after statement victories over the Lions and Chiefs in consecutive weeks.

Here's how the NFC playoff standings look after Sunday Night Football:

NFC playoff standings

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (10-2)
  2. San Francisco 49ers (9-3)
  3. Detroit Lions (9-3)
  4. Atlanta Falcons (6-6)
  5. Dallas Cowboys (9-3)
  6. Minnesota Vikings (6-6)
  7. Green Bay Packers (6-6)

Playoff matchups if the season ended today

  • San Francisco 49ers (2) vs. Green Bay Packers (7)
  • Detroit Lions (3) vs. Minnesota Vikings (6)
  • Atlanta Falcons (4) vs. Dallas Cowboys (5)

Jordan Love taking the Packers on the road against the Niners in his first playoff game? It would be fitting. Green Bay has struggled to overcome San Francisco in the postseason. Perhaps Love could make it happen.

That's still a long way off. For now, the Packers need to focus on their final five games.

But as fans, we can dare to dream after another excellent performance from Love and the Packers.

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