Losing team could well win the 'NFC Worst'

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Well, somebody has to win the NFC West title, where mediocrity would be an improvement.

There is an increasingly strong possibility that the champion will have a losing record.

Not only that, but a 7-9 St. Louis or Seattle or San Francisco team could also wind up hosting a first-round playoff game against a team that has won 10 or 11 games, maybe more.

That potentially embarrassing scenario results from an NFL rule that guarantees each division champion a home playoff game.

With five weeks to go, Seattle and St. Louis are tied for first at 5-6, with San Francisco 4-7 and Arizona 3-8.

As Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck put it, "Yeah, it's weird."