NFL playoffs: Who’s in, who’s out? Latest standings and seedings

As the 2016 NFL season grinds through its second half and Super Bowl LI gets closer and closer, only a few teams have separated themselves as true contenders, which leaves plenty of middling teams jostling for playoff position. Currently, one division in each conference holds both wild-card spots—the AFC West and NFC East have been waging a back-and-forth battle for the title of football’s toughest division all year—but there’s plenty of shuffling ahead down the stretch. If the playoffs started today, which teams would be in, and which teams would be on the bubble? Here’s how the playoff seeds shake out, plus a breakdown of the teams on the outside looking in as Week 12’s action continues.

AFC

 
 
  • 1
    1oakland raiders
     
    record: 8–2 (AFC: 6–1)
    AFC West leader. Week 11: Beat Texans, 27-20. Week 12: vs. Panthers.

  • 2
    2new england patriots
     
    record: 8–2 (AFC: 6–1)
    AFC East leaders. Week 11: Beat 49ers, 30–17. Week 12: at Jets.

  • 3
    3Houston Texans
     
    record: 6–4 (AFC: 4–3)
    AFC South leader. Week 11: Lost to Raiders, 27-20. Week 12: vs. Chargers.

  • 4
    Baltimore Ravens
     
    record: 5–5 (AFC: 5–2)
    AFC North leaders. Week 11: Lost to Cowboys, 27–17. Week 12: vs. Bengals.

  • 5
    5Kansas City Chiefs
     
    record: 7–3 (AFC: 5–2)
    First wild card. Week 11: Lost to Bucs, 19–17. Week 12: at Broncos.

  • 6
    6Denver Broncos
     
    record: 7–3 (AFC: 4–2)
    Second wild card. Week 11: BYE. Week 12: vs. Chiefs.

In the Hunt

 
 
  • 7
    7Miami Dolphins
     
    record: 6–4 (AFC: 5–3)
    Week 11: Beat Rams, 14–10. Week 12: vs. 49ers.

  • 8
    8Pittsburgh Steelers
     
    record: 5–5 (AFC: 4–3)
    Week 11: Beat Browns, 24–9. Week 12: at Colts.

  • 9
    9Indianapolis Colts
     
    record: 5–5 (AFC: 3–4)
    Week 11: Beat Titans, 24–17. Week 12: vs. Steelers.

  • 10
    10Buffalo Bills
     
    record: 5–5 (AFC: 2–4)
    Week 11: Beat Bengals, 16–12. Week 12: vs. Jaguars.

  • 11
    11Tennessee Titans
     
    record: 5–6 (AFC: 3–5)
    Week 11: Lost to Colts, 24–17. Week 12: at Bears.

  • 12
    San Diego Chargers
     
    record: 4–6 (AFC: 3–5)
    Week 11: BYE. Week 12: at Texans.

NFC

 
 
  • 1
    1Dallas Cowboys
     
    record: 9–1 (NFC: 5–1)
    NFC East leaders. Week 11: Beat Ravens, 27–17. Week 12: vs. Redskins.

  • 2
    Seattle Seahawks
     
    Record: 7–2–1 (NFC: 3–2–1)
    NFC West leaders. Week 11: Beat Eagles 26–15. Week 12: at Buccaneers.

  • 3
    3Detroit Lions
     
    record: 7–4 (NFC: 5–2)
    NFC North leaders. Week 12: Beat Vikings, 16–13.

  • 4
    4Atlanta Falcons
     
    RECORD: 6–4 (NFC: 4–3)
    NFC South leaders. Week 11: BYE. Week 12: vs. Cardinals.

  • 5
    5New York Giants
     
    record: 7–3 (NFC: 5–3)
    First wild card. Week 11: Beat Bears, 22–16. Week 12: at Browns.

  • 6
    6Washington Redskins
     
    record: 6-3-1 (NFC: 4–2)
    Second wild card. Week 11: Beat Packers, 42–24. Week 12: at Cowboys.

In the Hunt

 
 
  • 7
    7Minnesota Vikings
     
    record: 6–5 (NFC: 4–5)
    Week 12: Lost to Lions, 16–13.

  • 8
    8Tampa Bay Buccaneers
     
    record: 5–5 (NFC: 4–3)
    Week 11: Beat Chiefs, 19–17. Week 12: vs. Seahawks.

  • 9
    9Philadelphia Eagles
     
    record: 5–5 (NFC: 3–5)
    Week 11: Lost to Seahawks, 26–15. Week 12: vs. Packers.

  • 10
    10Arizona Cardinals
     
    record: 4-5-1 (NFC: 3-3-1)
    Week 11: Lost to Vikings, 30–24. Week 12: at Falcons.

  • 11
    11New Orleans Saints
     
    record: 4–6 (NFC: 3–3)
    Week 11: Lost to Panthers, 23–20. Week 12: vs. Rams.

  • 12
    12Carolina Panthers
     
    record: 4–6 (NFC: 4–4)
    Week 11: Beat Saints, 23–20. Week 12: at Raiders.

  • 13
    13Green Bay Packers
     
    record: 4–6 (NFC: 3–4)
    Week 11: Lost to Redskins, 42–24. Week 12: at Eagles.

  • 14
    14Los Angeles Rams
     
    record: 4–6 (NFC: 3–4)
    Week 11: Lost to Dolphins, 14–10. Week 12: at Saints.

Every team currently in the AFC playoff picture retains its spot in the postseason, but the Chiefs’ upset loss to Tampa Bay and Miami’s come-from-behind win in Los Angeles have made things interesting in the wild-card race. The Raiders leapfrogged the Patriots for the inside track on home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with their comeback win over Houston on Monday night in Mexico City. The Dolphins and Bills will have to hope their dramatic Week 11 wins can be a springboard to help them run down the AFC field down the stretch, while the teams they beat—the Rams and Bengals—enter Thanksgiving week with their playoff hopes on life support.

In the NFC, Dallas is protecting a sizable lead for the No. 1 seed on the strength of dynamic rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, but the Seahawks kept the pressure on by taking care of the Eagles. Settle in for a high-stakes Thanksgiving tripleheader on Thursday, which started with the Lions’ thrilling 16–13 win over the Vikings to take control of the NFC North race.

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