NFL playoff picture: Seeding, division titles on line heading into Week 17

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NFL Playoff scenarios after Christmas Eve

The NFL’s Week 16 was headlined by the renewal of several fierce rivalries loaded with playoff implications in both conferences, with Christmas Day owned by the AFC.

The Steelers secured the AFC North, while the Chiefs clinched a playoff berth with Baltimore's loss. After knocking the defending champion Broncos out of playoff contention, the AFC West crown is still within reach for Kansas City. In Week 17, the Matt McGloin-led Raiders face the Broncos, and the Chiefs get a much easier task against San Diego. If the Raiders lose and Chiefs win, the AFC West trophy will land in Kansas City. With the Broncos' loss, the Dolphins are officially in.

Over in the NFC, the North is the only division yet to be won, and the crown will be decided in a Week 17 showdown between the Lions and the Packers.

If the playoffs started today, which other teams would be in, and which teams would be on the bubble? Here’s an updated look at how the playoff seeds shake out after Week 16, plus a look at the two teams who still have a chance to make leap back into a playoff spot in Week 17. Teams with an asterisk (*) have clinched a playoff berth.​

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  • 1
    1New England Patriots*
    record: 13–2 (AFC: 10–1)
    AFC East champion. Week 16: Beat Jets, 41–3

  • 2
    2Oakland Raiders*
    record: 12–3 (AFC: 9–2)
    AFC West leader. Week 16: Beat Colts 33–25

  • 3
    3Pittsburgh Steelers*
    record: 10–5 (AFC: 7–3)
    AFC North champions. Week 16: Beat Ravens 31–27

  • 4
    4Houston Texans*
    record: 9–6 (AFC: 7–4)
    AFC South champions. Week 16: Beat Bengals 12–10.

  • 5
    5Kansas City Chiefs*
    record: 11–4 (AFC: 8–3)
    First wild card. Week 16: Beat Broncos 33-10

  • 6
    6Miami Dolphins*
    record: 10–5 (AFC: 7–4)
    Second wild card. Week 16: Beat Bills 34–31 in OT. 


  • 1
    1Dallas Cowboys*
    record: 13–2 (NFC: 9–2)
    NFC East champions. Week 16: Beat Lions, 42–21

  • 2
    2Atlanta Falcons*
    RECORD: 10–5 (NFC: 8–3)
    NFC South champions. Week 16: Beat Panthers, 33–16.

  • 3
    3seattle seahawks*
    Record: 9–5-1 (NFC: 5-5-1)
    NFC West champions. Week 16: Lost to Cardinals, 34–31.
  • 4
    4green bay packers
    RECORD: 9-6 (NFC: 7-4)
    NFC North leader. Week 16: Beat Vikings, 38–25. 

  • 5
    5New York Giants*
    record: 10–5 (NFC: 7–4)
    First wild card. Week 16: Lost to Eagles, 24–19.

  • 6
    detroit lions
    record: 9–6 (NFC: 7–4)
    Second wild card. Week 16: Lost to Cowboys, 42–21 

In the hunt

  • 7
    7Washington Redskins
    RECORD: 8–6–1 (NFC: 6–5)
    Week 16: Beat Bears, 41–21.

  • 8
    8tampa bay buccaneers
    record: 8–6 (NFC: 6–4)
    Week 16: Lost to Saints, 31–21

It's now official: there won't be a repeat Super Bowl champion this season. The two teams who played in Super Bowl 50, the Broncos and Panthers, were both eliminated from the playoffs in Week 16, and they were joined by the Bills, Saints, Vikings, Colts and Titans.

After a win over the Panthers and a Bucs loss to the Saints, the Falcons secured the NFC South title. Following an impressive game against the Vikings, the Packers look primed to fulfill Aaron Rodgers’s vow to run the table, but it'll all come down to a showdown against the Detroit Lions in the final game of the season, with the NFC North on the line. Detroit's loss to the Cowboys on Monday night means that the Redskins are back in control of their own destiny: if they win against the Giants next Sunday and they're in, while the loser of Lions-Packers will be out. 

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