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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

December 23, 2012 at 11:56 PM

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Seahawks likely to play at NFC East champion

No. 1 seed: First-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs
Likelihood: Impossible.

The Falcons (13-2) have clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

No. 2 seed: First-round bye, home-field advantage in the Divisional Playoffs
Likelihood: Remote.

The Seahawks do not control their own destiny, and to earn that first-round bye, the following would have to occur:

• Seattle must beat St. Louis.

• The 49ers (10-4-1) must lose at home to Arizona.

• The Packers (11-4) must lose to Minnesota.

No. 3 seed: Home-field advantage in wild-card round, facing No. 6 seed
Likelihood: Remote.

The Seahawks do not control their own destiny.

• Seattle beats the Rams.

• 49ers lose to Arizona.

• The Packers beat the Vikings.

No. 4 seed: Home-field advantage in wild-card round game against NFC's No. 5 seed
Likelihood: Impossible.

The only way Seattle can possibly win the division is to win its final game, and if the Seahawks do that, they would be assured of having a better record than the team that wins the NFC East.

Wild-card scenarios

No. 5 seed: Road game in wild-card round vs. NFC's No. 4 seed
Likelihood: Strong.

Seattle has already gauranteed itself at least the No. 5 seed by virtue of its win combined with the New York Giants' loss to Baltimore. Seattle will be the No. 5 seed if it loses to St. Louis or if it beats the Rams, but San Francisco defeats Arizona

The No. 5 seed in the playoffs will face the winner of next Sunday's game between Washington and Dallas, which will determine the NFL champion.

No. 6 seed: Road game in wild-card round vs. NFC's No. 3 seed
Likelihood: Impossible.

If the Seahawks lost to the Rams and the Vikings beat the Packers, both Seattle and Minnesota would be tied at 10-6, but Seattle would win the tiebreaker by virtue of its head-to-head victory over the Vikings.

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