Redskins’ playoff chances still up in the air (updated)

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Updated at 11:54 p.m. with 49ers-Seahawks result. 

Despite their win, and the losses by the Cowboys and Giants, the Redskins didn’t clinch a playoff berth on Sunday, because they entered the day needing the Giants, Vikings and Bears to all lose, and only New York did so.

So, what does that all mean?

With a win next week in the regular season finale against Dallas, Washington would win the NFC East and also punch its ticket for the playoffs.

Washington would own a 10-6 record, and would then capture its first divisional title since 1999.

But what happens if the Redskins lose to Dallas and end the year with a 9-7 record? Things get dicey.

Assuming Seattle beats visiting San Francisco in Sunday night’s late game, t The Redskins would need both Chicago and Minnesota to also lose next week and finish with identical 9-7 records in order to earn a wild-card berth.

Washington would hold the tiebreaker over Chicago because the Redskins would have a 7-5 record in the NFC, and the Bears would own a 6-6 record in the conference.

The Redskins would hold the tiebreaker over Minnesota because of their 38-26 win over the Vikings back in October.

Even if the Giants win next week and finish 9-7, Washington would hold the tiebreaker over them.  

If the Seahawks lose both of their remaining games to finish 9-7, the Redskins would hold the tiebreaker because their 7-5 conference record would be better than Seattle’s 6-6. In that scenario, the Redskins would need either the Vikings or Bears to finish 9-7 as well in order to earn a wild-card berth. 

 Click on the link to follow a live box of the Seahawks-49ers game. As of early in the second quarter, it’s all Seattle. 

 

 

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