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NFL Playoff Picture 2022-23: Updated AFC, NFC Standings After Week 14 SNF

Joe TanseyDecember 11, 2022

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 11: Miles Sanders #26 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after a touchdown during the first quarter of the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 11, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles became the first team in the NFL to clinch a playoff berth.

Philadelphia earned that distinction with its sixth double-digit victory of the 2022 NFL season after a 48-22 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday.

The Eagles gained a game at the top of the NFC standings thanks to the Detroit Lions, who beat the Minnesota Vikings at home.

Detroit also got some help from the Eagles, as it moved closer to the Giants in the NFC wild-card race.

The Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals kept the status quo for the most part in the AFC in the early window of games.

The only surprise was the Tennessee Titans' loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. That result did not affect the playoff standings because the Titans are stuck with the No. 4 seed.

The AFC wild-card race produced the most important moments in the playoff standings on Sunday.

The Los Angeles Chargers beat the Miami Dolphins on Sunday night to leapfrog the New York Jets for the final playoff position.


NFC

Division Leaders

1. Philadelphia (12-1)

2. Minnesota (10-3)

3. San Francisco (9-4)

4. Tampa Bay (6-7)


Wild-Card Race

5. Dallas (10-3)

6. Washington (7-5-1)

7. New York Giants (7-5-1)

8. Seattle (7-6)

9. Detroit (6-7)

10. Green Bay (5-8)

11. Carolina (5-8)

12. Atlanta (5-8)


The Eagles have a two-game lead over the Vikings as well as the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Minnesota is not in trouble yet for the No. 2 seed and the NFC North title.

San Francisco was the most dominant victor on Sunday, as it stomped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35-7 in Brock Purdy's first start in place of the injured Jimmy Garoppolo.

Tampa Bay is still in first place in the NFC South, but that is not much of an achievement since all four members of that division are under .500

The Seattle Seahawks were the biggest loser in terms of the playoff race. They are now 7-6 following a home loss against the Carolina Panthers.

The loss dropped the Seahawks beneath the Washington Commanders and New York Giants. Washington and New York have a half-game edge from their Week 13 tie.

Seattle now has to be concerned about the Lions, who are suddenly one game back of the final wild-card spot in the NFC.

The Seahawks missed an opportunity to gain any ground with the Giants loss and the Commanders bye. Sunday has to go down as a lost chance for Seattle and could hurt it in the final standings.

Green Bay, Carolina and Atlanta will remain two games behind seventh. However, the latter two still have a shot at the NFC South crown and sit just one game behind the Bucs.


AFC

Division Leaders

1. Buffalo (10-3)

2. Kansas City (10-3)

3. Baltimore (9-4)

4. Tennessee (7-6)


Wild-Card Race

5. Cincinnati (9-4)

6. Miami (8-4)

7. Los Angeles Chargers (7-6)

8. New York Jets (7-6)

9. New England (6-6)

10. Jacksonville (5-8)

11. Las Vegas (5-8)

12. Cleveland (5-8)

13. Pittsburgh (5-8)


The top of the AFC remained the same on Sunday.

Buffalo held on to the No. 1 seed with its home win over the New York Jets.

Kansas City stayed ahead of Baltimore with a close win over the Denver Broncos. The Chiefs can clinch the AFC West title with a Chargers loss on Sunday night.

Baltimore is in a worse spot than it was entering Sunday after backup quarterback Tyler Huntley exited the win over the Pittsburgh Steelers with an injury.

The Ravens are still ahead of the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North on the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Tennessee's loss to Jacksonville does not mean much in the big picture because the No. 4 seed is still multiple games ahead of the Jaguars.

The Jets' loss in Buffalo opened up the door for the Los Angeles Chargers and New England Patriots to move level on record with them.

The Chargers held on to beat the Dolphins on Sunday night. They moved ahead of the Jets with a better conference record than New York.

Miami's loss did not affect its playoff standing this week. The Dolphins head to Buffalo on Saturday and that game could drag them back into the wild-card bubble.

The New England Patriots could make the wild-card race even more interesting if they beat the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night.

Every team with five wins needs a lot of help to be considered in the playoff conversation over the next four weeks.