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Should Redskins Qualify For Playoffs, Either 49ers Or Seahawks Would Be Waiting
Regardless of the result of their game against Dallas on Sunday night, the Washington Redskins have a chance to appear in the playoffs for the first time in five years. Should that happen, Washington can only face one of the two teams from the NFC West.
Both of those teams – San Francisco and Seattle – remain in contention for their division title, slightly complicating matters. The 49ers host Arizona and the Seahawks host St. Louis, with both games beginning at 4:25 p.m.
If the Redskins defeat the Cowboys, they will capture their first NFC East title since 1999 and clinch the No. 4 seed in the NFC playoffs. They will host the Seahawks if they lose to St. Louis or if both they and the 49ers win. They will host the 49ers if they lose and the Seahawks win.
If Washington loses, however, Dallas will clinch the NFC East title and the No. 4 seed, which means the Redskins would need help to squeak into the postseason as a wild card team and the No. 6 seed. They would head to San Francisco if Minnesota loses to Green Bay and Chicago falls to Detroit – the more probable of the two scenarios.
But if Seattle, Arizona, Green Bay and Detroit win, the Redskins could return to a familiar place – Seattle, where their previous two runs through the postseason ended.