2015 NFL playoff picture and scenarios: Cardinals earn bye, Vikings clinch spot on 'SNF'

James Brady, SB Nation

There were only three games played on Sunday afternoon, but there were significant playoff implications in two of them. The Green Bay Packers took on the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks played the St. Louis Rams. Both games carried seeding implications, and the final wild card spot in the NFC was of particular note.

The Atlanta Falcons were still technically in the running for a playoff spot after upsetting the Carolina Panthers. They needed the Vikings to lose on Sunday Night Football to stay in the running heading into Week 17.

Minnesota dismantled the New York Giants on Sunday night, however, to lock down a wild card spot, at least. The win set up a Week 17 NFC North title bout against the Green Bay Packers. The game was flexed to Sunday Night Football.

By dominating the Packers on Sunday, the Cardinals clinched a first-round bye in the postseason. On top of that, they still have a shot at the top seed due to the Panthers losing in the early games on Sunday.

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