Here’s what the NFL playoff picture currently looks like
After a Thanksgiving slate of games that featured six teams with realistic playoff expectations, the rest of the teams in the NFL postseason picture made their cases on Sunday.
With five weeks left on the schedule, here's what the postseason seedings would look like if the season ended today.
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AFC #1 seed: New England Patriots (9-2)
They escaped a surprising challenge from the 3-8 Jets and moved into the top seed in the conference by virtue of getting an AFC win on a week when the Raiders were playing an out of conference foe.
AFC #2 seed: Oakland Raiders (9-2)
It wasn't pretty, but the Raiders continue to "just win baby" as a Week 14 Thursday night showdown with the Chiefs looms large on the horizon.
AFC #3 seed: Baltimore Ravens (6-5)
Baltimore's Week 9 win over Pittsburgh continues to be the difference between a home playoff game in the AFC wild card round and spending January on the couch.
AFC #4 seed: Houston Texans (6-5)
Sunday's loss to the Chargers puts the Texans only a half-game ahead of Tennessee in the AFC South. While the Titans have a late-season bye in Week 13, Houston heads to Lambeau to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
AFC #5 seed: Kansas City Chiefs (8-3)
The Chiefs banked their way to a one-game advantage over the Broncos and stayed within a game of the AFC West leading Raiders with a thrilling overtime win Sunday night.
AFC #6 seed: Miami Dolphins (7-4)
The Dolphins are currently riding a six-game winning streak into the final playoff spot in the AFC. Will they be able to keep the momentum going for another five games?
AFC #7 seed: Denver Broncos (7-4)
A Kansas City field goal at the end of overtime bounces off the goalpost and through the uprights and the Broncos bounce out of the AFC playoffs for the time being.
AFC #8 seed: Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5)
The Steelers will need to show up against the surging Giants next week to keep up with the Ravens in the AFC North.
NFC #1 seed: Dallas Cowboys (10-1)
After a phenomenal showing on Thanksgiving, Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys look to keep their Thursday magic going in Week 13's early game vs. Minnesota.
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NFC #2 seed: Seattle Seahawks (7-3-1)
Seattle's hold on the NFC's second bye got a lot slimmer after Sunday's 14-5 loss to the Bucs.
NFC #3 seed: Detroit Lions (7-4)
A last-minute interception and FG over the Vikings have the Lions plenty thankful for their sole control of the NFC North.
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NFC #4 seed: Atlanta Falcons (7-4)
The Falcons held their edge in the NFC South over Jameis Winston and the surging Bucs for at least one more week with a win over Arizona.
NFC #5 seed: New York Giants (8-3)
Are the Giants really the second-best team in the NFC? Their record now says so.
NFC #6 seed: Washington Redskins (6-4-1)
That Week 9 tie vs. the Bengals is still keeping them in the second wild card spot, despite a tough Thanksgiving loss to Dallas.