Updated NFL Playoff Picture After Divisional Round

Zach Kruse@@zachkruse2Senior Analyst IJanuary 12, 2013

Dec 16, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) directs the offense against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
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A playoff field that started with 12 teams will be trimmed to just four by the end of the NFL's Divisional Round, leaving two teams from each conference to decide the following week who will represent the NFL in Super Bowl XLVII. 

The advancing scenarios for each team are much more clear in the aftermath of the Divisional Round than the Wild Card Round. The winner of each game will face the other winner in the same conference.

Below, we run down the advancing scenarios for each of the eight teams left in the 2012-13 NFL playoffs. As games go final this weekend, we'll update the post with the exact playoff picture for the Championship Round. 

National Football Conference (NFC)

1. Atlanta Falcons (14-3)

Divisional Round Finish: Win vs. Seattle Seahawks, 30-28

Championship Game Matchup: vs. San Francisco

The Falcons will host the 49ers in Atlanta in the NFC Championship Game. 

2. San Francisco 49ers (12-4-1)

Divisional Round Finish: Win vs. Green Bay Packers, 45-31

Championship Game Matchup: at Atlanta, vs. Seattle

The 49ers will travel to Atlanta for the NFC Championship Game. 

3. Green Bay Packers (12-6)

Divisional Round Finish: Loss at San Francisco 49ers, 31-45

Potential Championship Game Matchups: The Packers have been eliminated from the 2012-13 playoffs. 

5. Seattle Seahawks (12-6)

Divisional Round Finish: Loss at Atlanta Falcons, 28-30

Potential Championship Game Matchups: The Seahawks have been eliminated from the 2012-13 playoffs. 

American Football Conference (AFC)

1. Denver Broncos (13-4)

Divisional Round Finish: Loss vs. Baltimore Ravens, 35-38

Championship Game Matchup: The Broncos have been eliminated from the 2012-13 playoffs.

2. New England Patriots (13-4)

Divisional Round Finish: Win vs. Houston Texans, 41-28

Championship Game Matchup: vs. Baltimore

New England will once again host the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game. 

3. Houston Texans (13-5)

Divisional Round Finish: Loss at New England Patriots, 28-41

Potential Championship Game Matchups: The Ravens have been eliminated from the 2012-13 playoffs. 

4. Baltimore Ravens (12-6)

Divisional Round Finish: Win at Denver Broncos, 38-35

Championship Game Matchup: at New England

The Ravens will go on the road to New England for the AFC Championship Game. 


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