AND then there was one. There are still two seeds left in the AFC with four candidates and two in the NFC with Seattle and Atlanta the only teams vying for the only wildcard spot in that conference. There still may be some movement left in the seedings, so Week 17 is still one you have to pay attention too.
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1st: New England Patriots (12-3) – vs. Jets
2nd: Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3) – vs. Browns
3rd: Jacksonville Jaguars (10-5) – @Titans
4th: Kansas City Chiefs (9-6) – @Broncos
5th: Baltimore Ravens (9-6) – vs. Bengals
6th: Tennessee Titans (8-7) – vs. Jaguars
BOLD = clinched playoff spot
WEEK 16 confirmed what we already know that it’s New England and Pittsburgh and then everyone else. The Jags could have put some heat on their rivals with a win but fell victim to Jimmy Garoppolo’s handsome charm. Kansas City locked up a home playoff while Baltimore moved one step closer to a wildcard berth. The Titans freefall continues and with other AFC foes in a better position to come away with a win next week, a playoff spot is fast falling out of their grasp.
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1st: Philadelphia Eagles (13-2) – vs. Cowboys
2nd: Minnesota Vikings (12-3) – vs. Bears
3rd: Los Angeles Rams (11-4) – vs. 49ers
4th: New Orleans Saints (11-4) – @Bucs
5th: Carolina Panthers (11-4) – @Falcons
6th: Atlanta Falcons (9-6) – vs. Panthers
BOLD = clinched playoff spot
MINNESOTA could very well be the first team to host a SuperBowl at their own stadium after locking up a top two seed. LA, NOLA and Carolina all locked up playoff appearances after winning and Atlanta is in the box seat to take the last seed. They will have to take out the Saints this weekend to guarantee their finish inside the top six. There is still some movement possible in the seeding, but it seems like the Rams and Saints will hold onto home field advantage for the wildcard round.
Clinging To Hope
Los Angeles Chargers (8-7) – vs. Raiders
Buffalo Bills (8-7) – @Dolphins
Seattle Seahawks (9-6) – vs. Cardinals
THIS gets a little tricky so hold onto your hats. Baltimore at 9-6 can only lose their playoff spot if they lose and both the Titans/Bills win. If the Ravens win then it comes down to Tennessee, Los Angeles and Buffalo for the final AFC wildcard, with the tiebreakers falling in that order. That means the only chance the Bills have of making it is if the Ravens, Titans and Chargers lose. In the NFC, the math is quite simple for the Seahawks. ATL wins and they are screwed, but if New Orleans takes out the Falcons and Seattle beats the Cardinals they are in.
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Better Luck Next Year
Detroit Lions (8-7)
Cowboys (8-7), Packers (7-8), Redskins (7-8), Cardinals (7-8), Raiders (6-9), Dolphins (6-9), Bengals (6-9), Broncos (5-10), 49ers (5-10), Jets (5-10), Bears (5-10), Texans (4-10), Buccaneers (4-11), Colts (3-12), Giants (2-13) and Browns (0-15)
THE Dallas dream officially came to a halt at the hands of Seattle, but I was never a firm believer in their chances. Detroit’s upset L against the Bengals meant that they were the only other team to join the losers group this week. Unlucky.
Merry Christmas 🎅🎄⛄️
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