Now let's look at 1991 in the NFC. We begin in the East: Washington Redskins: 14-2 (0) Philadelphia Eagles: 10-6 (0) Dallas Cowboys: 9-7 (-2) New York Giants: 8-8 (0) Phoenix Cardinals: 4-12 (0) The only movement in the division come from the Boys, who drop two games and fall into third place, but still improve by six games over 1989. Both of last year's Super Bowl participants finish with the same record, as the G-Men can only manage 8-8 under first-year coach Ray Handley. Now let's go to the Central: Detroit Lions: 9-7 (-3) Chicago Bears: 9-7 (-2) Minnesota Vikings: 8-8 (0) Green Bay Packers: 7-9 (+3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 3-13 (0) The Lions drop three games and the Bears drop a pair to force a tie at the top of the division. The Vikes stand firm and finish third, and the Bucs are still rooted in the basement, which spells the end for coach Richard Williamson. Sam Wyche, recently fired by the Bengals, will replace him for 1992. We haven't forgotten the Pack, but their three-game Lambeau Leap does nothing for them; they still finish fourth and still lose coach Lindy Infante. Niners offensive coordinator Mike Holmgren will take over as soon as the Niners' playoff run is finished. We go to the expected wins tiebreaker to determine the division champion, and the Lions outpoint the Bears 9.3 to 9.0. Finally, the West: San Francisco 49ers: 12-4 (+2) New Orleans Saints: 12-4 (+1) Atlanta Falcons: 9-7 (-1) Los Angeles Rams: 4-12 (+1) How do you improve by a game and go from outright division champs to a tie? If you're the Saints and the Niners improve by two, that's how. In other news, the Falcons drop a game and finish third, while the last-place Rams add a game but lose a coach, as John Robinson has been fired. Nothing about his replacement has been confirmed yet, but the early favorite is current Seahawks and former Rams head man Chuck Knox. Wo go to the expected win tiebreakers to settle the division title, and the Niners edge the Saints 12.2 to 12.1. Now we have to settle a three-way tie for the third wild card among the Bears, Cowboys, and Falcons. The Bears take it with 9.0 expected wins, while the Boys finish with 8.9 and the Falcons with 8.6. Seeds: 1. Redskins (NFC East champs): 14-2 2. 49ers (NFC West champs): 12-4 3. Lions (NFC Central champs): 9-7 4. Saints (NFC West second place): 12-4 5. Eagles (NFC East second place): 10-6 6. Bears (NFC Central second place; won tiebreaker with Cowboys and Falcons): 9-7 Here's the Wild Card Weekend schedule for the NFC: Saturday, December 28: Eagles-Saints, 4, ABC, Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, Dan Dierdorf, Tim Brant (sideline reporter) Sunday, December 29: Bears-Lions, 12:30, CBS- Pat Summerall, John Madden Note: All times listed are Eastern. Next: We begin the AFC playoffs as the Seahawks meet the Broncos. Thoughts?