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NFL playoff picture: Which teams are in, who’s still within the hunt


As we wrap up Week 14 of the NFL season, the playoff picture is starting to come back into focus.

Which teams have clinched, which teams are within the hunt, and who’s out? We have done the mathematics so that you can determine all of the clinching and elimination scenarios.

If the playoffs began today:

AFC Playoff Picture


No. 1 seed: Buffalo Bills (10-3, first in AFC East)

The Bills own the tiebreaker over the Kansas City Chiefs due to a head-to-head 24-20 victory Oct. 16. 

Remaining schedule: vs. Dolphins, at Bears, at Bengals, vs. Patriots

No. 2: Kansas City Chiefs (10-3, first in AFC West)

The Chiefs can clinch the AFC West with a win or a Chargers loss.

Remaining schedule: at Texans, vs. Seahawks, vs. Broncos, at Raiders

No. 3: Baltimore Ravens (9-4, first in AFC North)

Remaining schedule: at Browns, vs. Falcons, vs. Steelers, at Bengals

No. 4: Tennessee Titans (7-6, first in AFC South)

Remaining schedule: at Chargers, vs. Texans, vs. Cowboys, at Jaguars 

No. 5 (first wild card): Cincinnati Bengals (9-4, second in AFC North)

Remaining schedule: at Buccaneers, at Patriots, vs. Bills, vs. Ravens 

No. 6 (second wild card): Miami Dolphins (8-5, second in AFC East)

Remaining schedule: at Bills, vs. Packers, at Patriots, vs. Jets 

No. 7 (third wild card): Los Angeles Chargers (7-6, second in AFC West)

Remaining schedule: vs. Titans, at Colts, vs. Rams, at Broncos


No. 8: Latest York Jets (7-6)

Remaining schedule: vs. Lions, vs. Jaguars, at Seahawks, at Dolphins

No. 9: Latest England Patriots (6-6)

Remaining schedule: at Cardinals, at Raiders, vs. Bengals, vs. Dolphins, at Bills

No. 10: Jacksonville Jaguars (5-8)

Remaining schedule: vs. Cowboys, at Jets, at Texans, vs. Titans

No. 11: Las Vegas Raiders (5-8)

Remaining schedule: vs. Patriots, at Steelers, vs. 49ers, vs. Chiefs

No. 12: Cleveland Browns (5-8)

Remaining schedule: vs. Ravens, vs. Saints, at Commanders, at Steelers

No. 13: Pittsburgh Steelers (5-8)

Remaining schedule: at Panthers, vs. Raiders, at Ravens, vs. Browns

No. 14: Indianapolis Colts (4-8-1)

Remaining schedule: at Vikings, vs. Chargers, at Giants, vs. Texans


Houston Texans, Denver Broncos

NFC Playoff Picture


No. 1 seed: Philadelphia Eagles (12-1, first in NFC East)

The Eagles clinched a playoff spot by beating the Giants on Dec. 11. They currently hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Cowboys due to their 26-17 victory Oct. 16.

Remaining schedule: at Bears, at Cowboys, vs. Saints, vs. Giants

No. 2 seed: Minnesota Vikings (10-3, first in NFC North)

The Vikings can clinch the NFC North with a win or a Detroit Lions loss.

Remaining schedule: vs. Colts, vs. Giants, at Packers, at Bears

No. 3 seed: San Francisco 49ers (9-4, first in NFC West)

The 49ers can clinch the NFC West with a win over the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday.

Remaining schedule: at Seahawks, vs. Commanders, at Raiders, vs. Cardinals

No. 4 seed: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7, first in NFC South)

Remaining schedule: vs. Bengals, at Cardinals, vs. Panthers, at Falcons 

No. 5 (first wild card): Dallas Cowboys (10-3, second in NFC East)

The Cowboys can clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Jaguars, or losses by the Seahawks and Commanders, or losses by the Seahawks and the Lions.

Remaining schedule: at Jaguars, vs. Eagles, at Titans, at Commanders 

No. 6 (second wild card): Washington Commanders (7-5-1, third in NFC East)

Remaining schedule: vs. Giants, at 49ers, vs. Browns, vs. Cowboys

No. 7 (third wild card): Latest York Giants (7-5-1, fourth in NFC East)

Remaining schedule: at Commanders, at Vikings, vs. Colts, at Eagles 


No. 8: Seattle Seahawks (7-6, second in NFC West)

Remaining schedule: vs. 49ers, at Chiefs, vs. Jets, vs. Rams

No. 9: Detroit Lions (6-7, second in NFC North)

Remaining schedule: at Jets, at Panthers, vs. Bears, at Packers

No. 10: Green Bay Packers (5-8, third in NFC North)

Remaining schedule: vs. Rams, at Dolphins, vs. Vikings, vs. Lions

No. 11: Carolina Panthers (5-8, second in NFC South)

Remaining schedule: vs. Steelers, vs. Lions, at Buccaneers, at Saints

No. 12: Atlanta Falcons (5-8, third in NFC South)

Remaining schedule: at Saints, at Ravens, vs. Cardinals, vs. Buccaneers

No. 13: Arizona Cardinals (4-8), third in NFC West)

Remaining schedule: vs. Patriots, at Broncos, vs. Buccaneers, at Falcons, at 49ers

No. 14: Latest Orleans Saints (4-9, fourth in NFC South)

The Saints are eliminated with a loss and a win by either the Panthers or Buccaneers.

Remaining schedule: vs. Falcons, at Browns, at Eagles, vs. Panthers

No. 15: Los Angeles Rams (4-9, fourth in NFC West)

The Rams are eliminated with a loss.

Remaining schedule: at Packers, vs. Broncos, at Chargers, at Seahawks


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