NFL Playoffs image: Chiefs blow a chance to take the top seed, while Packers storm into the NFC field

What was that just now? What does that signify? What important variables—and possibly tiebreakers—are at play when the seven-team brackets for each conference start to take shape? 

1. NFC East leaders Philadelphia Eagles (10-2): Despite having the best record in the league, they may be vulnerable after their dominant loss to the Niners on Sunday, especially since San Francisco won the head-to-head tiebreaker. 

2. NFC West leaders San Francisco 49ers (9-3): With their decisive victory on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field, the Niners are now assured of home-field advantage and a first-round bye; all they need to do is match the Eagles' regular-season record. 

3. Detroit Lions (9-3), who lead the NFC North: They managed to win on Sunday in New Orleans, expanding their margin of error and putting them ahead of Minnesota in second place in the divisional standings.

4. Atlanta Falcons (6-6), who lead the NFC South: With New Orleans' defeat, they managed to hold off the Jets and take a one-game lead in the division.

5. Dallas Cowboys (9-3), the first wild card, are closing in on first place in the NFC East. They defeated Seattle 41-35 on Thursday night to win their 14th straight game at home. 

6. Wild card-entry Minnesota Vikings (6-6). No. 2: Considering that they still have two dates left with Detroit, they might still challenge for the NFC North. 

7. Green Bay Packers(6-7), wild card No. 3: They defeated the Chiefs on Sunday night (possibly with the assistance of the referees?) to take the final playoff spot, which was held by the Rams for a brief period of time before the Pack took it.

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