My initial glance at the NFC standings led me to think the Seahawks were fourth in the conference. They are third. This is because New Orleans and Carolina are from the same division, preventing them both from being among the top four in the conference. As a result, the current order is: Chicago, NY Giants, Seattle, Carolina, New Orleans and Dallas. Carolina has the head-to-head edge over New Orleans, making the Panthers first in the NFC South. Then it comes down to Seattle and Carolina for the third seed. The Seahawks prevail on the stronger conference record. That leaves the Panthers fourth. New Orleans edges out Dallas for the fifth seed on conference record. Full standings here.