PLAYOFF RACES HEAT UP AS NFL ENTERS
FINAL MONTH OF REGULAR SEASON
As the calendar turns to December, the NFL enters the final month of the regular season. With 11 games down, only five remain for teams to make their playoff push.
“Everyone understands that there is a lot of football left,” says New Orleans head coach SEAN PAYTON. “There are a lot of teams competing for similar goals, whether it’s winning the division or trying to put yourself in the best position for a postseason berth. Our team understands the importance of playing well in the month of December.”
As the league enters Week 13, there are 17 teams either in or within one game of a playoff spot.
“We’re entering December with 11 wins and we’re right where we want to be,” says Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS.
The Packers (11-0) and San Francisco 49ers (9-2) can clinch their divisions this weekend. But there is still plenty of football left to be played.
Since 2004, a team with a losing record through the first 11 games has qualified for the postseason in every season. And, in six of those seven years, that team has won at least one playoff game.
“Things can happen,” says Philadelphia running back LE SEAN MC COY, who leads the NFL in rushing with 1,050 yards. “We just have to stay positive and hope for the best. All we can do is win next week. We know we need to win all of our games just to have a chance for the playoffs.”
McCoy and the Eagles kick off Week 13 on Thursday night (8:00 PM ET, NFL Network) when they travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks and running back MARSHAWN LYNCH, who is the first Seahawk to score a touchdown in seven consecutive games since SHAUN ALEXANDER (2005).
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