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 12: vs. Panthers. Week 13: vs. Bills.

  • 2
    2new england patriots
     
    record: 8–2 (AFC: 6–1)
    AFC East leaders. Week 12: at Jets. Week 13: vs. Rams.

  • 3
    3Houston Texans
     
    record: 6–4 (AFC: 4–3)
    AFC South leader. Week 12: vs. Chargers. Week 13: at Packers.

  • 4
    PITTSBURGH STEELERS
     
    record: 6–5 (AFC: 5–3)
    AFC North leaders. Week 12: Beat Colts 28–7. Week 13: vs. Giants.

  • 5
    5Kansas City Chiefs
     
    record: 7–3 (AFC: 5–2)
    First wild card. Week 12: at Broncos. Week 13: at Falcons.

  • 6
    6Denver Broncos
     
    record: 7–3 (AFC: 4–2)
    Second wild card. Week 12: vs. Chiefs. Week 13: at Jaguars.

In the Hunt

 
 
  • 7
    7Miami Dolphins
     
    record: 6–4 (AFC: 5–3)
    Week 12: vs. 49ers. Week 13: at Ravens.

  • 8
    8baltimore ravens
     
    record: 5–5 (AFC: 5–2)
    Week 12: vs. Bengals. Week 13: vs. Dolphins.

  • 9
    9buffalo bills
     
    record: 5–5 (AFC: 2–4)
    Week 12: vs. Jaguars. Week 13: at Raiders.

  • 10
    Indianapolis colts
     
    record: 5–6 (AFC: 3–5)
    Week 12: Lost to Steelers, 28–7. Week 13: at Jets.

  • 11
    11Tennessee Titans
     
    record: 5–6 (AFC: 3–5)
    Week 12: at Bears. Week 13: BYE.

  • 12
    San Diego Chargers
     
    record: 4–6 (AFC: 3–5)
    Week 12: at Texans. Week 13: vs. Buccaneers.

NFC

 
 
  • 1
    1Dallas Cowboys
     
    record: 10–1 (NFC: 6–1)
    NFC East leaders. Week 12: Beat Redskins, 31–26. Week 13: at Vikings.

  • 2
    Seattle Seahawks
     
    Record: 7–2–1 (NFC: 3–2–1)
    NFC West leaders. Week 12: at Buccaneers. Week 13: vs. Panthers.

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

  • 4
    4Atlanta Falcons
     
    RECORD: 6–4 (NFC: 4–3)
    NFC South leaders. Week 12: vs. Cardinals. Week 13: vs. Chiefs.

  • 5
    5New York Giants
     
    record: 7–3 (NFC: 5–3)
    First wild card. Week 12: at Browns. Week 13: at Steelers.

  • 6
    6Washington Redskins
     
    record: 6-4-1 (NFC: 4–3)
    Second wild card. Week 12: Lost to Cowboys, 31–26. Week 13: at Cardinals.

In the Hunt

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

  • 8
    8Tampa Bay Buccaneers
     
    record: 5–5 (NFC: 4–3)
    Week 12: vs. Seahawks. Week 13: at Chargers.

  • 9
    9Philadelphia Eagles
     
    record: 5–5 (NFC: 3–5)
    Week 12: vs. Packers. Week 13: at Bengals.

  • 10
    10Arizona Cardinals
     
    record: 4-5-1 (NFC: 3-3-1)
    Week 12: at Falcons. Week 13: vs. Redskins.

  • 11
    11New Orleans Saints
     
    record: 4–6 (NFC: 3–3)
    Week 12: vs. Rams. Week 13: vs. Lions.

  • 12
    12Carolina Panthers
     
    record: 4–6 (NFC: 4–4)
    Week 12: at Raiders. Week 13: at Seahawks.

  • 13
    13Green Bay Packers
     
    record: 4–6 (NFC: 3–4)
    Week 12: at Eagles. Week 13: vs. Texans.

  • 14
    14Los Angeles Rams
     
    record: 4–6 (NFC: 3–4)
    Week 12: at Saints. Week 13: at Patriots.

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—Oakland currently holds the tiebreaker between the two teams based on its record against common opponents. The Dolphins and Bills enter very winnable games in Week 12 hoping 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—have 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 don’t look like fading anytime soon. A high-stakes Thanksgiving tripleheader on Thursday delivered on the hype with the Lions’ thrilling 16–13 win over the Vikings to take control of the NFC North race, then followed that up with a shootout in Dallas that propelled the Cowboys to their 10th straight win and kept the Redskins uneasy in their No. 6 seed.

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