New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Bill Kostroun
December 18, 2016

Tom Brady and the Patriots clinched another division title and helped the Dolphins jump into a postseason position while Oakland snapped a 13-year playoff drought.

New England secured its eighth straight AFC East title and 13th in 14 years and earned a first-round bye with a dominant defensive performance in a 16-3 win at Denver.

The Patriots' victory allowed Miami to leapfrog the Broncos for the second wild-card position in the AFC.

The Raiders beat the Chargers to earn their first trip to the playoffs since losing the 2003 Super Bowl.

In the early games Sunday, the NFC's playoff picture got more jumbled and the Chiefs lost control of their division championship hopes.

The Packers got right back in the mix for an NFC North title thanks to a last-second win over the Bears and help from the Giants, who beat the Lions and put pressure on the Cowboys in the NFC East.

Kansas City lost to Tennessee and then fell out of first place in the AFC West following Oakland's victory. In the AFC South, all three teams vying for first place got big wins.

The Seattle Seahawks kicked off Week 15 by securing another NFC West title on Thursday night.

Dallas, which already got in, beat Tampa Bay 26-20 on Sunday night to maintain a two-game edge over the Giants.

Here's a closer look at the teams and scenarios:

AFC EAST

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (12-2)

Remaining schedule: vs. New York Jets on Dec. 24, at Miami on Jan. 1.

Division record: 3-1. Conference record: 9-1.

Clinched division and first-round bye with impressive win over the Broncos. Need one win or loss by Raiders to lock up No. 1 seed.

MIAMI DOLPHINS (9-5)

Remaining schedule: at Buffalo on Dec. 24, vs. New England on Jan. 1.

Division record: 3-1. Conference record: 6-4.

Their win over the Jets coupled with New England's win at Denver gave the Dolphins control of the second wild-card spot.

Need a miracle: BUFFALO BILLS (7-7)

Eliminated: NEW YORK JETS (4-10).

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AFC NORTH

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (9-5)

Remaining schedule: vs. Baltimore on Dec. 25, vs. Cleveland on Jan. 1.

Division record: 3-1. Conference record: 7-3.

Their comeback win over the Bengals set up a showdown for the division at home on Christmas Day vs. the Ravens. Pittsburgh already lost at Baltimore so it must win that game.

BALTIMORE RAVENS (8-6)

Remaining schedule: at Pittsburgh on Dec. 25, at Cincinnati on Jan. 1.

Division record: 4-0. Conference record: 7-3.

They win the division if they win out.

Eliminated: CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-8-1), CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-14).

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AFC SOUTH

HOUSTON TEXANS (8-6)

Remaining schedule: vs. Cincinnati on Dec. 24, at Tennessee on Jan. 1.

Division record: 5-0. Conference record: 6-4.

They might have a quarterback controversy, but Tom Savage led them to a comeback win that keeps them in first place. Houston is tied with the Titans, so their New Year's Day rematch at Tennessee could be for the division.

TENNESSEE TITANS (8-6)

Remaining schedule: at Jacksonville on Dec. 24, vs. Houston on Jan. 1.

Division record: 1-3. Conference record: 5-5.

An impressive comeback win at Kansas City allows them to control their playoff possibilities. If they win out, they earn a division crown. The Titans would lose a tiebreaker with Houston, so they can't fall behind the Texans going into Week 17. They hold head-to-head tiebreakers over the Broncos and Dolphins, so a wild-card berth is still in play.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (7-7)

Remaining schedule: at Oakland on Dec. 24, vs. Jacksonville on Jan. 1.

Division record: 2-3. Conference record: 4-6.

A big win at Minnesota keeps them alive, but they have the tough Raiders and need help.

Eliminated: JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-12).

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AFC WEST

OAKLAND RAIDERS (11-3)

Remaining schedule: vs. Indianapolis on Dec. 24, at Denver on Jan. 1.

Division record: 3-2. Conference record: 8-2.

Oakland clinched its first playoff spot in 14 years with a win over the Chargers. The Raiders must finish one game ahead of the Chiefs to win AFC West because they lost to them twice.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (10-4)

Remaining schedule: vs. Denver on Dec. 25, at San Diego on Jan. 1.

Division record: 4-0. Conference record: 7-3.

Missed opportunity to clinch a playoff spot and lost control of division race, but hold a tiebreaker over the Raiders because of a series sweep.

DENVER BRONCOS (8-6)

Remaining schedule: at Kansas City on Dec. 25, vs. Oakland on Jan. 1.

Division record: 1-3. Conference record: 5-5.

They lost control of their playoff future and their schedule is brutal.

Eliminated: SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (5-8).

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NFC EAST

DALLAS COWBOYS (12-2)

Remaining schedule: vs. Detroit on Dec. 26, at Philadelphia on Jan. 1.

Division record: 3-2. Conference record: 8-2.

Their magic number to win the division and secure the No. 1 seed is one.

NEW YORK GIANTS (10-4)

Remaining schedule: at Philadelphia on Thursday, at Washington on Jan. 1.

Division record: 3-1. Conference record: 7-3.

They put heat on the Cowboys, but still need lots of help to win the division. A wild-card berth is more likely, but they have only road games remaining so it won't be easy.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (7-5-1)

Remaining schedule: vs. Carolina on Monday, at Chicago on Dec. 24, vs. New York Giants on Jan. 1.

Division record: 3-2. Conference record: 5-4.

They gained control of their playoff future thanks to Dallas' win over Tampa Bay. If they win out, they're in.

Eliminated: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-9).

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NFC NORTH

DETROIT LIONS (9-5):

Remaining schedule: at Dallas on Dec. 26, vs. Green Bay on Jan. 1.

Division record: 2-2. Conference record: 7-3.

A loss to the Giants plus Green Bay's win is setting up a winner-take-all home game vs. the Packers in Week 17. The Lions still have a one-game lead, but their schedule is daunting.

GREEN BAY PACKERS (8-6)

Remaining schedule: vs. Minnesota on Dec. 24, at Detroit on Jan. 1.

Division record: 3-1. Conference record: 6-4.

The Packers gained control of their playoff hopes with a win and Detroit's loss. If they win out, they take the North.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (7-7)

Remaining schedule: at Green Bay on Dec. 24, vs. Chicago on Jan. 1.

Division record: 1-3. Conference record: 4-6.

A blowout loss at home to the Colts leaves Minnesota on the brink of elimination.

Eliminated: CHICAGO BEARS (3-11).

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NFC SOUTH

ATLANTA FALCONS (9-5)

Remaining schedule: at Carolina on Dec. 24, vs. New Orleans on Jan. 1.

Division record: 3-1. Conference record: 7-3.

Their win over San Francisco coupled with Tampa Bay's loss put them in control in the division race.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (8-6)

Remaining schedule: at New Orleans on Dec. 24, vs. Carolina on Jan. 1.

Division record: 3-1. Conference record: 6-4.

Fell one game behind the Falcons and lost their grip on the second wild-card position.

Need a miracle: NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (6-8), CAROLINA PANTHERS (5-8).

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NFC WEST

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-4-1)

Remaining schedule: vs. Arizona on Dec. 24, at San Francisco on Jan. 1.

Division record: 2-1-1. Conference record: 5-4-1.

The first team to clinch a division title, Seattle jumped up to the No. 2 seed following Detroit's loss.

Eliminated: ARIZONA CARDINALS (5-8-1), LOS ANGELES RAMS (4-10), SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-13).

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