Playoff experience is paying off at QB. Plus, the importance of Michael Crabtree, the Saints' best plan of attack and more.
The No. 1-seeded Seahawks look formidable, but recent history is working against them.
The Falcons and 49ers found vindication while winning their way into the NFC Championship Game.
The Packers appear to have what it takes to make a deep playoff run. First they have to turn back an Arizona team that will put up a much tougher fight than it did in Week 17, writes John Clayton.
John Clayton's First and 10: With all four division titles and every playoff seed still undecided, the NFC will own most of the Week 17 spotlight.
The Seahawks have the NFC's No. 1 seed in sight, writes John Clayton. Plus, the Lions' healthy outlook, the 49ers' blues and more.
There's still plenty of intrigue regarding the NFC playoff race, writes John Clayton.
The Bears' loss kept the NFC wild-card race interesting, writes John Clayton.
The NFC is the superior conference by far in 2012. That actually keeps more AFC teams in the playoff race, writes John Clayton.
The Cowboys-Giants game to settle the disappointing NFC East has more of a play-in vibe than playoff feel, writes John Clayton.
The 2011 schedule looks favorable for the NFC East, as well as the Steelers and Ravens, John Clayton writes.
A 7-9 team in the playoffs could prompt unwelcome changes, writes John Clayton.
Week 14 will sharpen the playoff picture, writes John Clayton.
In grading the NFC, the Vikings, Packers, Eagles and Saints are the standouts, John Clayton writes.
The Panthers are in an almost-must-win situation in a MNF rematch with the Bucs. The Bucs won the first meeting, and the Panthers have no margin of error with a tough closing schedule, John Clayton writes.
John Clayton identifies four players in the NFC who will be under extraordinary pressure in the divisional playoffs.