NFL Playoff Scenarios: NFC West Comes Down To Rams Vs. Seahawks

The NFC West playoff picture wasn't exactly resolved in Week 16, but the playoff scenarios were whittled down to just one—whichever team wins Sunday night's matchup between the St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Seahawks will be the awkward champion of the NFC West, doomed to defend the honor of their division while simultaneously sporting a record of 8-8 or 7-9, respectively. 

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Such is life in the playoffs—while the Rams and the Seahawks fight over a private box, the 10-win New Orleans Saints and nine-win Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers fight for two Wild Card spots. I've said it before and I'll say it again—his thin personnel aside, his occasional heartbreaker aside, the Rams' strange 2010 season is seemingly tailor-made for Sam Bradford. It's like a playoff run on training wheels, and now all he needs to do is lead the Rams to one more road win against the Seattle Seahawks, the team's training-wheels rivals, on the road, their training-wheels hardship. 

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In so many other situations a 7-9 season might be a disappointment. 

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