NFL Playoff Picture: Steelers Get No. 2 Seed In AFC, Ravens And Jets Clinch Wild Card Spots

We've known for a while that the Patriots would be the AFC's No. 1 seed, and now we (mostly) know who's joining them in the playoffs: the Steelers clinched the No. 2 seed, while the Ravens and Jets are the Wild Card winners.

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NFL Playoff Picture: Steelers Clinch No. 2 Seed, Ravens, Jets Are Wild Card Winners

With Sunday's 1 p.m. games completed, the NFL playoff picture has become a bit clearer, though there are still some scenarios to be decided with the afternoon slate of games (not to mention Sunday night's contest to determine the NFC West, of course). 

In the AFC, the Steelers rolled over the Browns, giving them the AFC North title and the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. Oakland handed Kansas City its first home loss of the season, meaning if the Colts beat the Titans this afternoon, then the Chiefs will drop to the No. 4 seed with Indianapolis taking over as the No. 3 seed (a Colts' win would also eliminate the Jaguars from contention). The Ravens hung on to beat the Bengals and the Jets routed the Bills, but neither meant much in the playoffs after the Steelers took care of business. 

It's never safe to assume anything in the NFL, but -- assuming the Colts beat Colts beat Titans, the first round of the AFC playoffs will be Jets at Colts and Ravens at Chiefs.

1. New England Patriots (14-2): AFC East champions, earned first-round bye and home-field advantage in playoffs

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4): AFC North champions, clinched first-round bye and No. 2 seed

3. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6): AFC West champions; the Chiefs could drop to the No. 4 seed if the Colts win

4. Indianapolis Colts (9-6): The Colts can clinch the AFC South division with a win/tie against the Titans or a Jaguars loss at the Texans. Indy can also become the AFC's No. 3 seed if they win, since the Chiefs lost to the Raiders

5. Baltimore Ravens (12-4): Wild Card; clinched the No. 5 seed

6. New York Jets (11-5): Wild Card; clinched the No. 6 seed

Outside Looking In: Jacksonville Jaguars (8-7): Jaguars need to win and hope the Colts lose -- that'd give them the AFC South title and the No. 4 seed. A loss/tie or a Colts win/tie would eliminate Jacksonville.

Patriots and Steelers get the first-round byes. The Jets will travel to the No. 3 seed (Chiefs or Colts) while the Ravens will play at No. 4 seed.

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NFL Playoff Picture: AFC South, NFC West Among Divisions Up For Grabs In Week 17

It's the final week of the 2010 NFL regular season, and while much of the playoff picture is already clear, there are still scenarios and postseason berths up for grabs on Sunday. 

The Patriots have already clinched the AFC's No. 1 seed and with the Miami Dolphins already eliminated from contention, their meeting Sunday at 1 p.m. EST isn't too exciting. 

A complete look at the AFC and NFC playoff scenarios heading into Sunday's Week 17 games:

AFC

1. New England Patriots (13-2): Clinched AFC East, first-round bye and home-field advantage in playoffs

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-4): Clinched playoff berth. Steelers can clinch AFC North division and a first-round bye with a win; a tie and a Ravens loss or tie; OR a Ravens loss.

3. Kansas City Chiefs (10-5): Clinched AFC West. KC can clinch the No. 3 seed with a win/tie against the Raiders or a Colts loss/tie. The Chiefs could drop to the No. 4 seed if they lose and the Colts win. 

4. Indianapolis Colts (9-6): The Colts can clinch the AFC South division with a win/tie against the Titans or a Jaguars loss at the Texans. Indy can still become the AFC's No. 3 seed if they win and the Chiefs lose to the Raiders. 

5. Baltimore Ravens (11-4): Already have clinched a playoff berth and can't be worse than the No. 5 seed. The Ravens can can clinch the AFC North, No. 2 seed and a first-round bye with a win against the Bengals coupled with a Steelers loss/tie vs. the Browns.

6. New York Jets (10-5): In the playoffs already. With a win against the Bills Sunday, along with a Ravens win/tie versus the Bengals and a Steelers loss at the Browns, Jets would clinch the No. 5 seed. 

Outside Looking In: Jacksonville Jaguars (8-7): Jaguars need to win and then hope that the Colts lose -- that'd give them the AFC South title and the No. 4 seed. A loss/tie or a Colts win/tie would eliminate Jacksonville. 

NFC

Who's In:

1. Atlanta Falcons (12-3): Having already clinched a playoff berth, the Falcons can clinch the NFC South and a first-round bye with win or a Saints loss. Atlanta can also wrap-up the home-field advantage with a win, or a Saints loss/tie with a Bears loss/tie.

2. Chicago Bears (11-4): Bears clinched playoff berth and at least the No. 2 seed by winning the NFC North. Now they can clinch home-field advantage with a win and losses by the Falcons and Saints.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (10-5): Already locked-up the NFC's No. 3 seed, and will host the No. 6 seed in the first round of the playoffs. 

4. St. Louis Rams (7-8): Win in Seattle Sunday night and they win the NFC West division. 

5. New Orleans Saints (11-4): The Saints clinched a playoff spot already and now can win the NFC South with a win and the Falcons losing to the Carolina Panthers. A more likely scenario: the Saints remain the No. 5 seed and travel to the Rams-Seahawks winner in the Wild Card round.

6. Green Bay Packers (9-6): It's simple for the Packers -- beat the Bears on Sunday and they're in the playoffs. Green Bay can also get into the playoffs with a tie along with a Giants loss/tie and a Buccaneers loss/tie. And if both the Giants and Buccaneers loss. 

Outside Looking In:

New York Giants (9-6): New York needs to win and then hope that the Packers lose, too. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-6): Still alive, but need to win at Saints and also hope both the Giants and Packers lose.

Seattle Seahawks (6-9): Wins the NFC West and clinches a playoff berth with a win over the Rams. Simple as that.

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NFL Playoff Picture: Jets-Chiefs, Ravens-Colts Are AFC Wild-Card Games If Playoffs Started Today

At least some of the NFL playoff picture was made clearer Sunday, with the Patriots clinching the No. 1 seed in the AFC (along with the AFC East division), the Chiefs wrapping up the AFC West and the Ravens and Jets clinching spots in the postseason as well. In the NFC, the Eagles clinched the NFC East while the Packers moved a step closer to punching their ticket. 

But with so many playoff scenarios still alive, it can be confusing. So here's a simpler look at how the playoffs would go if they started tomorrow: 

AFC Wild-Card Round:

No. 6 Jets at No. 3 Chiefs
No. 5 Ravens at No. 4 Colts

AFC Divisional Round:

Chiefs/Colts/Ravens at No. 2 Steelers
Colts/Ravens/Jets at No. 1 Patriots

NFC Wild-Card Round:

No. 6 Packers at No. 3 Eagles 
No. 5 Saints at No. 4 Rams

NFC Divisional Round:

Saints/Rams/Eagles at No. 2 Bears
Packers/Saints/Rams at No. 1 Falcons

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NFL Playoff Picture: Patriots Clinch AFC East, Home-field Advantage With Sunday's Win

The New England Patriots (13-2) clinched the AFC East, a first-round bye and home-field advantage on Sunday with their dominating 34-3 win at Buffalo. It was New England's seventh straight win this season and the 15th consecutive win against the Bills. 

The AFC East Division title is the Patriots' second in a row, seventh in the past eight years and eighth in the last 10 season. 

A complete look at the AFC and NFC playoff scenarios after Sunday's Week 16 games: 

AFC

Who's In:

1. New England Patriots (13-2; clinched AFC East, first-round bye and home-field advantage in playoffs)
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-4; clinched playoff berth)
3. Kansas City Chiefs (10-5; clinched AFC West and playoff spot with San Diego's loss)

Division Leaders:

4. Indianapolis Colts (9-6; clinches AFC South with a win against the Titans or a Jaguars loss at the Texans in Week 17)

Wild Card Leaders:

5. Baltimore Ravens (11-4; clinched playoff berth and can clinch AFC North and first-round bye with a win next week against the Bengals and a Steelers loss to  the Browns)
6. New York Jets (10-5; despite loss in Chicago, clinched playoff berth with Jaguars loss to the Redskins)

Outside Looking In: Jacksonville Jaguars (8-7; can win the AFC South with a win at the Texans in Week 17 and a Colts loss)

NFC

Who's In:

1. Atlanta Falcons (12-2; clinched playoff berth, wraps up NFC South and home-field advantage with win over Saints Monday night)
2. Chicago Bears (11-4; clinched playoff berth by winning NFC North, can clinch No. 2 seed with loss by Eagles Tuesday night; Bears own head-to-head tiebreakers against Eagles)
3. Philadelphia Eagles (10-4; clinched NFC East after Giants loss in Green Bay; can clinch No. 2 seed with win and Bears loss in Week 17)

Division Leaders:

4. St. Louis Rams (7-8; can wrap up NFC West with win at Seattle in Week 17)

Wild Card Teams:

5. New Orleans Saints (10-4; clinches a playoff spot with a win over the Falcons Monday night)
6. Green Bay Packers (9-6; win against Giants on Sunday keeps them alive, now need to beat the Bears in Week 17 and they're in)

Outside Looking In: New York Giants (9-6; after Sunday's loss in Green Bay, the Giants now need to win at Washington and hope for either a Packers loss to the Bears or two Saints losses to make the playoffs), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-6; still alive, but need to win at Saints in Week 17, and get a lot of help), Seattle Seahawks (6-9; Seattle hosts the Rams in Week 17, with the winner clinching the NFC West and a spot in the playoffs)

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NFL Playoff Picture: Patriots Getting Close To No. 1 Seed, Home-Field Advantage

After Week 15, the NFL playoff picture is a little clearer, but not by much, as only two more teams clinched spots in the postseason, leaving a wide array of playoff scenarios

The two teams who joined the New England Patriots with guaranteed spots in the playoffs were the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC. The Falcons routed the Seattle Seahawks to improve to 12-2, clinch their playoff berth and put themselves in great position for the NFC's No. 1 seed. Meanwhile, the Steelers lost to the New York Jets at home, dropping their mark to 10-4, but a tiebreaker has them qualified for the playoffs. 

With just two weeks left, the Steelers are tied atop the AFC North with the Baltimore Ravens -- but because of that tiebreaker (better division record), Pittsburgh would take the division if they end up even with Baltimore. 

The Patriots won to improve to 12-2, meaning all they need in Week 16 is a win at the Buffalo Bills or a loss by the Jets at the Chicago Bears to wrap up the AFC East and a first-round bye in the playoffs. With a two-game lead in the AFC overall, and their final games against the Bills and Miami Dolphins (combined record of 11-17), it's almost certain that the road to the Super Bowl in the AFC will go through Gillette Stadium. 

AFC

Who's In:

1. New England Patriots (11-2; clinched playoff berth)
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-4; clinched playoff berth)

Division Leaders:

3. Kansas City Chiefs (9-5; wins in the final two games, both at home, gives the Chiefs the AFC West)
4. Indianapolis Colts (8-6; beat the Jaguars to move into a tie for first place in the AFC South. If the Colts win out, they win the division)

Wild Card Leaders:

5. Baltimore Ravens (10-4; Ravens own tiebreaker against the Jets and have final two games against the 5-9 Browns and 3-11 Bengals)
6. New York Jets (10-4; Sunday's win in Pittsburgh went a long way to keep the Jets' playoffs hopes alive)

Outside Looking In: San Diego Chargers (8-6), Jacksonville Jaguars (8-6), Oakland Raiders (7-7)

San Diego needs to win-out and have the Chiefs lose a game at home (where they're undefeated this season), while the Jaguars missed out on their chance to win the AFC South with Sunday's loss at Indy and now will need some help. The Raiders are out of Wild Card contention, but if they can pass the Chiefs in the standings they'll win the AFC West. 

NFC

Who's In:

1. Atlanta Falcons (12-2; clinched playoff berth and wraps up NFC South with win or Saints loss in Week 16)

Division Leaders:

2. Philadelphia Eagles (10-4; can win NFC East with a win or a Giants loss next week) 
3.  Chicago Bears (9-4; can clinch NFC North with win at Minnesota Monday night)
4. St. Louis Rams (6-8; lost on Sunday, but maintained their division lead)

Wild Card Teams:

5. New Orleans Saints (10-4)
6. New York Giants (9-5)

Outside Looking In: Green Bay Packers (8-6), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-6), G, Seattle Seahawks (6-8), San Francisco 49ers (5-9)

With Green Bay's loss at New England Sunday night, their second loss in a row, the Packers are left rooting for the Vikings to beat the Bears Monday night as they prepare for a huge game in Week 16 when the Giants visit Green Bay. Meanwhile, Tampa needs to win out and get help, and amazingly, both the Seahawks and 49ers are still alive for the NFC West. It could very well come down to the final game of the season when Seattle hosts current division leader St. Louis. 

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NFL Playoff Picture: Patriots Clinch Berth In AFC, Falcons Lead NFC

With just three weeks remaining in the NFL's regular season, only one team has clinched a playoff berth: the New England Patriots. They did so with another dominating performance, this time in the snow in Chicago, downing the Bears, 36-7. 

The other three division leaders in the AFC right now are the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars. The New York Jets, despite Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins (New York's second straight loss), are still the top Wild Card team, with a 9-4 record (the Baltimore Ravens play the Houston Texans Monday night). 

AFC 

Who's In: 

1. New England Patriots (11-2; clinched playoff berth)

Division Leaders:

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3)
3. Kansas City Chiefs (8-5)
4. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-5)

Wild Card Leaders:

5. New York Jets (9-4)
6. Baltimore Ravens (8-4)

Outside Looking In: San Diego Chargers (7-6) Indianapolis Colts (7-6), Miami Dolphins (7-6), Oakland Raiders (6-7), Houston Texans (5-7)

It's a must-win for the Texans Monday night if they hope to stay alive for a Wild Card spot. The Ravens seem to be in the best position for a Wild Car berth -- not only do they have a two-game lead for the No. 6 seed in the playoffs, but they also end the season at the Browns (5-8) and against the 2-11 Bengals (Baltimore also owns the tiebreaker against New York).

NFC 

Division Leaders:

1. Atlanta Falcons (11-2)
2. Chicago Bears (9-4)
3. Philadelphia Eagles (9-4) 
4. St. Louis Rams (6-7)

Wild Card Teams:

5. New Orleans Saints (10-3)
6. New York Giants (8-4)

Outside Looking In: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5), Green Bay Packers (8-5), Seattle Seahawks (6-7), San Francisco 49ers (5-8)

Welcome to the NFC, where the 6-7 Rams are the No. 4 seed and the 8-5 Bucs and Packers are currently left out of the playoffs. The Bears loss to the Patriots didn't really hurt them too much, since Green Bay also lost in Detroit (and lost quarterback Aaron Rodgers to concussion; it's very likely the Packers could be playing the Patriots in New England without their starting QB). The New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings play Monday night in Detroit (moved as a result of the Metrodome roof collapsing), and a win could bring Minnesota right back in the picture, just two games back of a Wild Card spot with three to play. 

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