What the NFL playoffs look like right now

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Alex Erickson (12) runs from Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Wilson (50) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

After yesterdays action in the NFL, the playoff picture has been updated with some new entrants and new scenarios. Here’s where we stand.

In the AFC, the Patriots, Steelers, and Jaguars have all clinched a playoff berth. If the playoffs were to begin today, the Pats and Steelers would have the first round bye, the Jags would be the 3 seed hosting the 6th seeded Bills. And the Chiefs would be hosting the 4 vs 5 match up against the Titans.

But all of that can still change with two weeks remaining and a few teams still vying to get in. The Ravens at 8-6 and the Chargers at 7-7 are on the outside looking in at the moment. Even the Raiders and Dolphins at 6-8 are still mathematically alive.

In the NFC, the Eagles and Vikings are the only teams to have officially clinched their spot along with division titles. They would have the first round bye if things began today. The Rams are in a firm spot at number 3 after their dominating win over Seattle, they have not yet officially clinched, but consider them in.

As of now, the Rams would play Atlanta in the first round and the Saints would host the Panthers in the 4 vs 5 match up. It’s looking like three teams from the NFC south could actually make it, but with the Lions, Cowboys, and Seahawks, all at 8-6 and the Packers at 7-7, all are still alive.

With all of this uncertainty and parody down the stretch, at least one thing remains reliably true over the years. The Browns aren’t making the playoffs.


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