Playoff update: Packers can no longer clinch No. 1 seed against Titans
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Sunday’s results eliminated the opportunity for the Green Bay Packers to clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC in Week 16 and set up an important season finale against the Bears in Chicago.
The Packers needed a Los Angeles Rams win over the Seattle Seahawks to have a chance to clinch on Sunday night with a win against the Tennessee Titans, but Pete Carroll’s team had other plans, delivering a 20-9 victory over the Rams that clinched the NFC West title and kept the Seahawks alive for the No. 1 seed.
The playoff path is now simple for the Packers: beat the Bears next Sunday and the No. 1 seed will belong to Green Bay.
Sunday night isn’t necessarily meaningless for the Packers. If they beat the Titans, Matt LaFleur’s team would only need a Seahawks loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 17 to clinch the No. 1 seed, providing another pathway to the top spot.
The Titans have a lot to play for on Sunday night. Thanks to the Indianapolis Colts loss on Sunday, the Titans can clinch the AFC South title with a win over the Packers.
The Bears, now 8-7, will be fighting for the seventh and final playoff spot in Week 17. A win over the Packers in the finale would clinch a postseason berth.
The Packers can clinch the No. 1 seed and help knock the Bears out of the playoffs by winning in Soldier Field next week.
Sunday night's game isn't meaningless, but the Packers can no longer clinch the No. 1 seed in Week 16.