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NFL Scores Week 17: Final Results, Playoff Standings and Picture for AFC, NFC

Maurice Moton@@MoeMotonFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2019

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 22: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on December 22, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Week 17 didn't bring total playoff picture chaos, but the Miami Dolphins altered the bracket.

In an early kickoff, the Dolphins and New England Patriots battled in a seesaw matchup that ended with Miami on top. The upset knocked the defending champions out of the No. 2 spot. Now, they're set to play during Wild Card Weekend for the first time since the 2009-10 postseason.

Because of New England's loss, the Kansas City Chiefs moved into the No. 2 seed following their 31-21 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans kept their scenarios simple. Both teams won and clinched playoff spots.

In a Sunday Night Football nail-biter, the San Francisco 49ers defense recorded a game-winning stop at the goal line to claim the NFC West title and the No. 1 seed in the conference. What does this mean for the Seattle Seahawks, who dropped to the No. 5 slot? We'll break down the playoff picture and all the events that led up to the current postseason standings.

        

NFL Week 17 Results

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills: Jets 13-6

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals: Bengals 33-22

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions: Packers 23-20

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs: Chiefs 31-21

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings: Bears 21-19

Miami Dolphins at New England: Dolphins 27-24

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Falcons 28-22 (OT)

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers: Saints 42-10

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans: Titans 35-14

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars: Jaguars 38-20

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys: Cowboys 47-16

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants: Eagles 34-17

Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos: Broncos 16-15

Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams: Rams 31-24

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens: Ravens 28-10

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks: 49ers 26-21

                 

AFC Bracket

No 1 Seed: Baltimore Ravens (14-2, bye week)

No. 2 Seed: Kansas City Chiefs (12-4, bye week)

No. 3 Seed: New England Patriots (12-4) vs. No. 6 Seed Tennessee Titans (9-7)

No. 4 Seed: Houston Texans (10-6) vs. No. 5 Seed Buffalo Bills (10-6)

                      

NFC Bracket

No. 1 Seed: San Francisco 49ers (13-3, bye week)

No. 2 Seed: Green Bay Packers (13-3, bye week)

No. 3 Seed: New Orleans Saints (13-3) vs. No. 6 Seed: Minnesota Vikings (10-6)

No. 4 Seed: Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) vs. No. 5 Seed: Seattle Seahawks (11-5)

           

2019-20 Playoff Picture Updates

Top 5 AFC Teams Secure Seeds

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The Baltimore Ravens clinched the No. 1 seed in the conference last week, which explains why we didn't see quarterback Lamar Jackson and several other starters in their contest with the Steelers Sunday.

The Buffalo Bills went into their season finale locked in as the No. 5 seed. They received clarity on their wild-card opponent, who will be the Texans.

         

Green Bay Packers Clinch 1st-Round Bye

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 29: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers smiles during warms up prior to the start of the game aganist the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 29, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers clinched a first-round bye with a 23-20 victory over the Detroit Lions. Now, they'll wait for the Sunday Night Football contest between San Francisco and Seattle.

If the Seahawks win, the Packers will keep the No. 1 seed. With a 49ers victory, Green Bay slides back one spot to No. 2, which bumps the New Orleans Saints into the No. 3 slot.

Either way, the Packers earned a week off and at least one home playoff game. The Saints will have a week off or host the Minnesota Vikings, who are locked into the No. 6 seed.

            

Tennessee Titans Secure No. 6 Seed

HOUSTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 29:  Derrick Henry #22 of the Tennessee Titans is pursued by Lonnie Johnson #32 of the Houston Texans during the first half at NRG Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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The Titans had a convincing victory against the Texans' backups. The offense rode running back Derrick Henry for 211 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

Houston opened the contest with a scoring drive, but Tennessee took over from there, scoring 21 unanswered points. The Titans' 35-14 victory punched their ticket to New England for a wild-card matchup next weekend.

New England head coach Bill Belichick will go against one of his former players in Titans counterpart Mike Vrabel, who was a linebacker for eight seasons with the Patriots.

      

Philadelphia Eagles Claim NFC East Title

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In rainy New Jersey weather, the Eagles exploded for 34 points, sweeping the season series with the New York Giants. Philadelphia's win put Dallas out of the playoffs.

The Eagles will host the loser of Sunday night's matchup between the 49ers and Seahawks in a No. 4 vs. No. 5 matchup next week. Philadelphia lost to Seattle 17-9 in Week 12.

Philadelphia finishes the regular season on a four-game win streak. In Week 14, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery went down with a Lisfranc injury. Yet, Carson Wentz has thrown for at least 266 yards in each of the last four games. He's played through the winning streak without throwing an interception.

      

San Francisco 49ers Secure NFC West Title, Home-Field Advantage

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 29: Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts as they take on the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on December 29, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto
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The matchup between the 49ers and Seahawks came down to the final seconds. Seattle drove down the field—all the way to the 1-yard line. The offense had to back up a few yards because of a delay of game penalty.

Quarterback Russell Wilson threw a pinpoint pass to tight end Jacob Hollister, but 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw stopped him short of a touchdown, closing the game for San Francisco.

The 49ers will have a week off while the Seahawks travel to Philadelphia for a matchup with the Eagles, who won their division with a win over the Giants on Sunday.