While a loss is never a good thing, Seahawks fans can feel good that their team's playoff position didn't take too big a hit this week after falling in New Orleans.
The Arizona Cardinals also lost to the Carolina Panthers 30-20, so they did not make up any ground on the Seahawks. With both the Rams and 49ers on their bye weeks, here are NFC West standings through eight weeks.
Now to the rest of the NFC starting with a weekend recap.
The Philadelphia Eagles almost did the Seahawks a solid but fell to the NFC-leading Dallas Cowboys 29-23 in overtime Sunday.
But surprise, surprise. The Chicago Bears who were left for dead surprised the Minnesota Vikings Monday night with a 20-10 win, so Seattle didn't lose ground there.
The Atlanta Falcons beat the Green Bay Packers in a 33-32 shootout to end a two-game skid.
The Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals did a better impersonation of the Seahawks-Cardinals. They ended in a tie, but at least they scored more points: 27-27.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers still found a way to lose to the Oakland Raiders 30-24 in overtime even though the Silver and Black committed an NFL record 23 penalties.
The Detroit Lions fell to the Houston Texans 20-13.
So here are the updated NFC playoff standings
1. Cowboys (6-1; home-field advantage)
2. Vikings (5-2; first-round bye)
3. Seahawks (4-2-1; host Wild Card game)
4. Falcons (5-3; host Wild Card game)
5. Packers (4-3; at Falcons in Wild Card game)
6. Giants (4-3; at Seahawks in Wild Card game)
7. Eagles (4-3)
8. Redskins (4-3-1)
9. Lions (4-4)
10. Cardinals (3-4-1)
11. Rams (3-4)
12. Buccaneers (3-4)
13. Saints (3-4)
14. Panthers (2-5)
15. Bears (2-6)
16. 49ers (1-6)
Nine weeks to go!
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