The Defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos were knocked out of playoff contention with a last-minute loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Christmas, and now the entire AFC playoff field is set. Here’s how it stands now Nos. 1 through 6:
Patriots, Raiders (with injured quarterback Derek Carr lost for the postseason), Steelers, Texans, Chiefs and Dolphins.
The Steelers will be the No. 3 seed in the AFC and host the No. 6 seed during wild-card weekend on either Jan. 7 or 8.
Meanwhile, the NFC playoff battles will go down to the wire.
Here’s how it stands now, Nos. 1 through 6: Cowboys, Falcons, Lions, Seahawks, Giants, Packers. The Redskins and Buccaneers are still alive, too.
Thanks to the New Orleans Saints victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday, the Giants backed into their first playoff berth in five years.
As it stand now, the Giants would face the Seattle Seahawks. But other possible first-round playoff matchups are just as difficult.
With their victory over the Baltimore Ravens, the Pittsburgh Steelers won the AFC North and eliminated the Ravens.
Here’s a look at where the playoff races and AFC and NFC seedings stand after Sunday’s games:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (13-2)
Remaining schedule: at Miami on Jan. 1.
Division record: 4-1. Conference record: 10-1.
Beat the Dolphins and clinch home-field advantage throughout.
MIAMI DOLPHINS (10-5)
Remaining schedule: vs. New
Article source: http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2016/12/nfl_playoff_picture_giants_steelers_raiders_bronco.html
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