NFL playoff picture: Seahawks stay alive; Rams, Saints, Panthers get in

Which NFL teams are positioned to make the playoffs through Week 16? How are the seeds looking for the current division leaders and wild-card hopefuls?

NFL playoff picture: Rams, Saints, Panthers get in; Lions bow out

NFL playoff picture: Rams, Saints, Panthers get in; Lions bow out

Based on the standings and taking into account tiebreakers, here are how things look in the AFC and NFC.

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AFC


No. 1 seed — Patriots (12-3): Champions, AFC East. New England took care of Buffalo to maintain this position and clinched a first-round bye with Jacksonville losing. It needs a win or a Pittsburgh loss to secure the top seed. What's left: vs. NYJ

No. 2 seed — Steelers (12-3): Champions, AFC North. Pittsburgh beat Houston on Monday to keep the pressure on New England for the No. 1 seed. It also clinched at least a first-round bye over losing Jacksonville. What's left: vs. CLE

No. 3 seed — Jaguars (10-5): Champions, AFC South. Jacksonville earned its first division title in 18 seasons when Tennessee lost Sunday. The loss in San Francisco means Jacksonville is locked into this seed for the playoffs. What's left: at TEN

No. 4 seed — Chiefs (9-6): Champions, AFC West. Kansas City repeated in winning the division when it beat Miami on Sunday. The Chiefs don't have anything on the line in Week 17 except resting up for a wild-card playoff game. What's left: at DEN

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No. 5 seed — Ravens (9-6): Second place, AFC East. Baltimore held off Indianapolis to jump up from No. 7 and into the driver's seat for the top AFC wild card. All the Ravens need to do is beat the Bengals at home in Week 17. What's left: vs. CIN

No. 6 seed — Titans (8-7): Second place, AFC South. Tennessee lost an NFC game to Los Angeles. The Titans keep a conference-record tiebreaker over the winning Chargers and losing Bills for the final wild card. It won't be easy to stay here against the division-winning Jaguars next week. What's left: vs. JAX

Who's right behind: 7. Chargers (8-7), 8. Bills (8-7). The Chargers, after beating the Jets and seeing the Bills lose to the Patriots, will steal the final wild card with a win over the Raiders and a Titans loss to the Jaguars.



Who's out: 9. Dolphins (6-9), 10. Bengals (6-9), 11. Raiders (6-9), 12. Broncos (5-10), 13. Jets (5-10), 14. Texans (4-11), 15. Colts (3-12), 16. Browns (0-15). Miami and Oakland were the latest to join this group of eliminated teams.

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NFC


No. 1 seed — Eagles (13-2): Champions, NFC East. Philadelphia clinched the top seed in the NFC playoffs and home-field advantage with a win over Oakland on Monday night. What's left: vs. DAL

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No. 2 seed — Vikings (12-3): Champions, NFC North. Minnesota got closer to a first-round bye by beating Green Bay on Saturday, but with Carolina rallying to beat Tampa Bay, it still needs to beat Chicago in Week 17. What's left: vs. CHI

No. 3 seed — Rams (11-4): Champions, NFC West. Los Angeles earned its first division title since 2003 (in St. Louis) by holding on to beat Tennessee on the road. Rookie coach Sean McVay unofficially locked up coach of the year in the process. What's left: vs. SF

No. 4 seed — Saints (11-4): First place, NFC South. New Orleans clinched a playoff berth by beating Atlanta, but to win the division in Week 17, it still needs to beat Tampa Bay or hope Carolina loses. What's left: at TB



No. 5 seed — Panthers (11-4): Second place, NFC South. Carolina clinched a playoff berth by beating Tampa Bay, but to win the division in Week 17, it still needs to win in Atlanta and hope New Orleans loses at Tampa Bay. What's left: at ATL​

No. 6 seed — Falcons (9-6): Third place, NFC South. Atlanta stays here vs. victorious Seattle because of a head-to-head tiebreaker , but after losing in New Orleans , it likely won't get into the playoffs without beating Carolina in Week 17. What's left: vs. CAR

Who's right behind: 7. Seahawks (9-6). Seattle won its de facto playoff game in Dallas. In order to make the playoffs, Seattle needs to beat Arizona at home next week and hope Atlanta loses or ties at home against Carolina.

Who's out: 8. Lions (8-7), 9. Cowboys (8-7), 10. Packers (7-8). 11. Redskins (7-8), 12. Cardinals (7-8), 13. 49ers (5-10), 14. Bears (5-10), 15. Buccaneers (4-11), 16. Giants (2-13). Dallas and Detroit joined this group of eliminated teams with its loss at Cincinnati.

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