Green Bay and Carolina are ahead of Arizona based on conference record (Packers' 3-5 and Panthers' 3-5 to the Cardinals' 3-6). Green Bay is ahead of Carolina based on strength of victory (.489 to the Panthers' .370).
Arizona is ahead of Carolina based on head to head (1-0).
Carolina is ahead of New Orleans in the NFC South based on head to head (1-0).
During the regular season, the seeds reflect how the playoffs would stand if the season ended up to that point.
The NFL playoffs are not based on a pure bracket system. In the divisional playoffs, the No. 1 seed is assured of playing the lowest-seeded Wild Card survivor.
There are no restrictions on intra-division games and the higher seed of any matchup will have home-field advantage.