In a wild Week 17, the Dallas Cowboys (10-6) narrowly edge the Giants (8-8) at Metlife Stadium to capture the NFC East title. The Cowboys' potent offense and formidable pass rush will be too much for Big Blue to handle.
The Baltimore Ravens (13-3) finally win the AFC North with a huge victory over the Bengals while also claiming home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Steelers settle for the first wild-card spot with a ridiculous record of 13-3.
The Texans (11-5) beat the Titans in Houston thanks to a huge game from Ben Tate after Arian Foster and most of the starters were benched in preparation for the postseason. The win by the Texans keeps their bitter rival out of the postseason.
The Bengals suffer a heart-wrenching defeat to the Ravens and fall to 10-6. The Jets (10-6), given a chance for a postseason berth thanks to a Titans' (9-7) loss, defeat the Dolphins in Miami and win the tiebreaker over Cincinnati by virtue of a better win percentage in common games.
Atlanta and Chicago both end the season on a high note, and claim the two NFC wild-card spots with an 11-5 record. The Bears claim the No. 5 seed thanks to a head-to-head win over the Falcons in Week 1.
The Raiders (9-7) win the division with a hard-fought victory over a strong Chargers squad, and the Broncos (9-7) terrific finish goes to waste despite a win over the Chiefs at home. Oakland wins the tiebreaker over Denver by a better win percentage in divisional games.
The Green Bay Packers become the third team in the Super Bowl era to finish the season undefeated after a huge win over the Lions (9-7) at home. The Colts avoid the infamous 0-16 record with a hard fought victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.