Notebook: Probably Cards; Maybe Dallas, Vikes

LG Daryn Colledge (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

Six of the eight scenarios would have Green Bay facing Arizona again — but one possibility has the Packers going to Minnesota. Plus, we have other news from Monday, including a big honor for guard Daryn Colledge.

Week 16 is in the books with the Bears' overtime victory over Minnesota.

The only thing for certain in the NFC playoff race is that New Orleans (13-2) is locked in as the No. 1 seed. Minnesota (11-4; North champion) is the third seed for now. Philadelphia (11-4) could be second or could fall to sixth. Arizona (10-5; West champion) is the fourth seed for now but could rise to second or third. Green Bay (10-5) is the fifth seed for now but could wind up sixth. Dallas (10-5) is the sixth seed for now but could rise to second.

It's a dizzying set if circumstances with one game remaining on the schedule.

Scenario 1: Packers beat Arizona; Philadelphia beats Dallas; Minnesota beats N.Y. Giants. Result: New Orleans, No. 1; Philadelphia, No. 2; Minnesota, No. 3; Arizona, No. 4; Green Bay, No. 5; Dallas, No. 6. Packers: at Arizona.

Scenario 2: Packers beat Arizona; Dallas beats Philadelphia; Minnesota beats N.Y. Giants. Result: New Orleans, No. 1; Minnesota, No. 2; Dallas No. 3; Arizona, No. 4; Green Bay, No. 5; Philadelphia, No. 6. Packers: at Arizona.

Scenario 3: Packers beat Arizona; Philadelphia beats Dallas; N.Y. Giants beat Minnesota: Result: New Orleans, No. 1; Philadelphia, No. 2; Minnesota, No. 3; Arizona, No. 4; Green Bay, No. 5; Dallas, No. 6. Packers: at Arizona.

Scenario 4: Packers beat Arizona; Dallas beats Philadelphia; N.Y. Giants beat Minnesota. Result: New Orleans, No. 1; Dallas, No. 2; Minnesota, No. 3; Arizona, No. 4; Green Bay, No. 5; Philadelphia, No. 6. Packers: at Arizona.

Scenario 5: Arizona beats Packers; Philadelphia beats Dallas; Minnesota beats N.Y. Giants: Result: New Orleans, No. 1; Philadelphia, No. 2; Minnesota, No. 3; Arizona, No. 4; Green Bay, No. 5; Dallas, No. 6. Packers: at Arizona.

Scenario 6: Arizona beats Packers; Dallas beats Philadelphia; Minnesota beats N.Y. Giants. Result: New Orleans, No. 1; Minnesota, No. 2; Arizona, No. 3; Dallas, No. 4; Philadelphia, No. 5; Green Bay, No. 6. Packers: at Arizona.

Scenario 7: Arizona beats Packers; Philadelphia beats Dallas; N.Y. Giants beat Minnesota. Result: New Orleans, No. 1; Philadelphia, No. 2; Arizona, No. 3; Minnesota, No. 4; Green Bay, No. 5; Dallas, No. 6. Packers: at Minnesota.

Scenario 8: Arizona beats Packers; Dallas beats Philadelphia; N.Y. Giants beat Minnesota. Result: New Orleans, No. 1; Arizona, No. 2; Dallas, No. 3; Minnesota, No. 4; Philadelphia, No. 5; Green Bay, No. 6. Packers: at Dallas.

Please ... don't ask about ties.

Big honor for Colledge

Guard Daryn Colledge was the Packers' recipient of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.

Since his arrival in Green Bay in 2006 as a second-round pick from Boise State, Colledge has been heavily involved in the Packers' community outreach efforts. He is a supporter of the March of Dimes, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin, and is a regular guest at their annual fundraising events. Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Club, EAA, UW-Green Bay and Providence Academy also have called upon Daryn as they looked for support for their annual charity events.

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Four-point stance

— McCarthy said safety Derrick Martin and defensive end Michael Montgomery would be doubtful for Sunday because of ankle injuries. Those were the only injuries of note from the Seattle game. Ryan Pickett (hamstring) has "slightly improved" from the same point last week.

— If the Packers play the Cardinals again in the playoffs, McCarthy said he would "lean against" staying in Arizona because that would be too disruptive to the team's routine.

— Game balls went to Brandon Jackson on offense, Johnny Jolly and Atari Bigby on defense, Spencer Havner on special teams and Jarius Wynn for the "Big Hit" on special teams.

— Havner was flagged for pass interference, nullifying his 1-yard touchdown against the Seahawks. "It happens. It's officiating," McCarthy said. "It hasn't always gone our way. I forget the gentleman's name, but I talked to him on the sideline about it. The way he saw it is, based on definition, it's the correct call. Now whether I agree with it or not, that's for another day. I don't think Spencer was blatant in his release on that particular route."


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