The NFL playoff schedule was set months ago by the league, but we're just now able to start penciling in teams that have clinched playoff berths and others that are on the cusp of making it to the promised land.
The Houston Texans have yet to play the New England Patriots in Week 14, but we know that both have already clinched playoff spots.
The Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos have both clinched their divisions, and at the top of the leaderboard the only thing left to sort out is home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Here's a comprehensive look at everything we know about the 2012-13 NFL playoff schedule, including a look at the current playoff picture and where teams would be if the season ended today.
Playoff Schedule 2012-13
January 5-6 — NFC and AFC Wild-Card Games
January 12-13 — NFC and AFC Divisional Games
January 19-20 — NFC and AFC Championship Games
January 27 — Pro Bowl Game
February 3 — Super Bowl XLVII (Superdome, New Orleans, La.)
|Seeding||NFC Leaders||AFC Leaders|
|1||Atlanta Falcons (11-2)||Houston Texans (11-1)|
|2||San Francisco 49ers (9-3-1)||Denver Broncos (10-3)|
|3||Green Bay Packers (8-4)||New England Patriots (9-3)|
|4||New York Giants (8-4)||Baltimore Ravens (9-4)|
|5||Chicago Bears (8-5)||Indianapolis Colts (9-4)|
|6||Seattle Seahawks (8-5)||Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6)|
|In the Hunt||Dallas (7-6), Washington (7-6), Minnesota (7-6)||Cincinnati (7-6), NYJ (6-7)|
The way it sits right now, the Falcons, 49ers, Texans and Broncos are all in the lead for a first-round bye. That could very well change over the next three weeks, especially with the divisional matchups poised to change everything.
New England and Pittsburgh would square off in one wild-card round, while the New York Giants would get the Chicago Bears on the other side of the league.
Things change very quickly in the NFL, and we're looking at an exciting finish to what's been a great season so far. Keep checking back with Bleacher Report for everything NFL, including current playoff positioning in the race, Super Bowl odds and picks for each weekend's new slate of games.
Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.
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