NFL Scores Week 17: Results, Playoff Standings and Picture for AFC, NFC
A minimal amount of clarity was provided to the NFL playoff races on Sunday.
The New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers booked their spots in the NFC playoff field.
But that was all that was clinched. The Philadelphia Eagles failed to lock up the top seed in the NFC and the Miami Dolphins could not hold on to the final AFC wild-card spot.
Miami's loss meant the last AFC wild-card spot will go down to Week 18. The same can be said about the last NFC wild-card place, which was vacated by the Washington Commanders with a loss in Week 17. Washington ended up getting eliminated from postseason contention by way of the Green Bay Packers' win over the Minnesota Vikings.
The Packers are not currently in a playoff position, but if they win in Week 18, they will leapfrog both the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks in the NFC wild-card race.
The field for the final AFC wild-card spot was trimmed by one with the New York Jets' loss to the Seahawks.
Miami, New England and Pittsburgh are still fighting only for the wild-card spot. Pittsburgh stayed alive with a win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night.
Week 17 Scores
Tampa Bay 30, Carolina 24
Atlanta 20, Arizona 19
Detroit 41, Chicago 10
Kansas City 27, Denver 24
New England 23, Miami 21
New York Giants 38, Indianapolis 10
New Orleans 20, Philadelphia 10
Cleveland 24, Washington 10
Jacksonville 31, Tennessee 3
Dallas 27, Tennessee 13
San Francisco 37, Las Vegas 34 (OT)
Seattle 23, New York Jets 3
Green Bay 41, Minnesota 17
Los Angeles Chargers 31, Los Angeles Rams 10
Pittsburgh 16, Baltimore 13
AFC Playoff Picture
1 Kansas City (13-3)
2 Buffalo (12-3)
3 Cincinnati (11-4)
4 Jacksonville (8-8)
5 Baltimore (10-6)
6 Los Angeles Chargers (10-6)
7 New England (8-8)
8 Miami (8-8)
9 Pittsburgh (8-8)
10 Tennessee (7-9)
Kansas City will be on top of the AFC for a minimum of 24 hours.
The Chiefs leapfrogged the Buffalo Bills for now with their win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
Buffalo visits the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night. A Buffalo win puts it back on top of the AFC. A Cincinnati victory keeps the Chiefs in first going into Week 18.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans will play for the AFC South in Week 18.
Jacksonville holds the AFC South lead after Week 17. If Jacksonville wins in Week 18, it gets the No. 4 seed. Tennessee lands the division title with a win because of the divisional record tiebreaker. The Jaguars won the first meeting.
The Baltimore Ravens are only alive in the AFC North race if the Bengals fall to the Bills on Monday. A Cincinnati loss would set up a Bengals-Ravens Week 18 clash for the division title.
New England possesses the simplest playoff math of the AFC wild-card teams, as a win will give it a postseason berth. The Patriots play Buffalo in Week 18, so the teams beneath New England still have some hope.
Miami plays the Jets, but it has quarterback concerns after Teddy Bridgewater got hurt on Sunday. Skylar Thompson finished the game.
Pittsburgh beat Baltimore on Sunday night to remain in the wild-card hunt. The Steelers need to beat Cleveland next week and get help by way of losses from Miami and New England to get into the playoffs.
Jacksonville could still get in as a wild-card team as well if all the other teams still alive finish at 8-9. The Jags have a better conference record than New England, Miami and Pittsburgh. Tennessee is eliminated with a loss.
NFC Playoff Picture
1 Philadelphia (13-3)
2 San Francisco (12-4)
3 Minnesota (12-4)
4 Tampa Bay (8-8)
5 Dallas (12-4)
6 New York Giants (9-6-1)
7 Seattle (8-8)
8 Detroit (8-8)
9 Green Bay (8-8)
The Philadelphia Eagles failed to lock down the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC for the second straight week.
The Eagles are 0-2 with Gardner Minshew starting in place of Jalen Hurts. They need to beat the New York Giants next week to keep the top spot in the NFC.
New York locked up the second wild-card spot with a commanding win over the Indianapolis Colts. The Giants are guaranteed to be the No. 6 seed.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also clinched a playoff spot on Sunday with a home win over the Carolina Panthers.
Tampa Bay is locked into the fourth seed and it will face the Dallas Cowboys, if the Eagles clinch the No. 1 seed.
Dallas is still alive in the NFC East, but it needs the Eagles to lose to the Giants to be in play for that title.
The San Francisco 49ers are now the No. 2 seed based on the conference record tiebreaker they own over Minnesota. San Francisco could be the No. 1 seed if the Eagles lose.
The Seattle Seahawks will go into Week 18 in possession of the No. 7 seed in the NFC.
However, Green Bay controls its own fate because of tiebreakers in its favor.
If Green Bay beats Detroit and Seattle beats the Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay is in on the conference record tiebreaker.
Seattle holds a head-to-head edge over Detroit, so it needs the Lions to win to stay alive.
The Lions, Packers or Seahawks will be the No. 7 seed in the NFC field.