Here’s a look at the NFL’s playoff picture headed into the final week:

AFC
1. New England Patriots (13-2) — I’m betting Bill Belichick plays his starters in meaningless finale.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-4) — Need a win over Cleveland or a Baltimore loss to wrap up No. 2 spot.
3. Kansas City Chiefs (10-5) — Expected to play starters against Raiders; might need win for No. 3 spot.
4. Indianapolis Colts (9-6) — Need a win over Tennessee or a Jacksonville loss to clinch division.
5. Baltimore Ravens (11-4) — Locked in the No. 5 spot unless they beat Cincinnati and get help.
6. New York Jets (10-5) — Locked in the No. 6 spot, regardless of what happens vs. Bills.
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7. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-7) — Need to beat the Texans and cheer for the Titans in Indy.

NFC
1. Atlanta Falcons (12-3) — Just need to beat Carolina to wrap it up.
2. Chicago Bears (11-4) — Realistically nothing to play for Sunday in Green Bay.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (10-5) — Locked into this spot after a shocking loss to Minnesota.
4. St. Louis Rams (7-8) — Win in Seattle clinches a home playoff game.
5. New Orleans Saints (11-4) — No. 1 seed is still within their distant reach against Bucs.
6. Green Bay Packers (9-6) — Beat Chicago and they’re in.
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7. New York Giants (9-6) — Beat Washington and get a Green Bay loss and they’re in.
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-6) — Beat New Orleans and get losses from Packers and Giants and they’re in.
9. Seattle Seahawks (6-9) — Do-or-die against the Rams, amazingly.

Comments (5)

  1. For the Bucs do you mean they need losses by the Packers and Giants?

  2. As Al beat into our heads last night, the Bears do have something to play for, but odds are good that by the time their game kicks off they won’t.

  3. agree with Stephen, Can’t see Atlanta and NO losing to Carolina and Tampa Bay But stranger things have happened this year

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