NFL Playoff Picture: Updated Look at Playoff Races After Week 17

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NFL Playoff Picture: Updated Look at Playoff Races After Week 17
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Well, it has taken until the final week of the NFL season, but the playoff picture is finally coming into clear view.

Everything but the NFC East winner is set now, and that will be determined with the conclusion of Sunday's night game. 

Here is how the playoff picture looks with just one game left in the regular season. 

 

Key Week 17 Games

Indianapolis Colts 28, Houston Texans 16

New York Giants 42, Philadelphia Eagles 7

Cincinnati Bengals 23, Baltimore Ravens 17

Chicago Bears 26, Detroit Lions 24

Minnesota Vikings 37, Green Bay Packers 34

Denver Broncos 38, Kansas City Chiefs 3

New England Patriots 28, Miami Dolphins 0

San Francisco 49ers 27, Arizona Cardinals 13

Seattle Seahawks 20, St. Louis Rams 13

Washington Redskins 28, Dallas Cowboys 18

 

NFC East

Division Winner
Washington Redskins (10-6) 

The Redskins defeated the Cowboys Sunday night to win the NFC East title and will host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs.

 

NFC West

Division Winner
San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1)

The 49ers wrapped up the NFC West with their win over the Cardinals. 

The NFC West champ is still in play to earn a first-round bye, but that hinges on Green Bay falling to the Vikings. The 49ers would also earn that bye with a win and a Green Bay tie. 

 

NFC South

Division Winner
Atlanta Falcons (13-3)

The Falcons enjoyed the enviable position of having the NFC's No. 1 seed sewn up heading into Week 17.

 

NFC North

Division Winner
Green Bay Packers (11-5) 

The Packers lost out on a first-round bye with their loss to the Vikings, but they still get to host that same Vikings team next week. 

 

NFC Wild Card

Wild Card Teams
Seattle Seahawks (11-5)
Minnesota Vikings (10-6)

Adrian Peterson got a big run late to set the Vikings up for a the winning field goal and pave the path for his team to enter the postseason. 

The Vikings will now have to travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers. 

Meanwhile, the Seahawks will travel to take on the winner of the Cowboys-Redskins game. 

AFC East

Division Winner
New England Patriots (12-4)

The Patriots earned a key first-round bye with their win and the Texans loss. 

 

AFC West

Division Winner
Denver Broncos (13-3)

The Broncos 11-game winning streak to end the season was good enough to earn them the AFC's No. 1 seed.  

 

AFC North

Division Winner
Baltimore Ravens (10-6)

The Ravens must try to put their disappointing end to the season behind them as they host the Colts in the first round. 

 

AFC South

Division Winner
Houston Texans (12-4)

The Texans have ruled the AFC standings all season, but with their loss to the Colts on Sunday, they can kiss that goodbye. 

The Texans not only fell from the conference's top seed, but they now no longer have a bye for the wild-card round. They will host the Cincinnati Bengals. 

 

AFC Wild Card

Wild Card Teams
Indianapolis Colts (11-5)
Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)

The Colts locked up the top wild-card seed with their win over the Texans. They will travel to take on the Ravens in the first round. 

The Bengals will travel to Houston to take on the Texans. 

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