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NFL Playoff Picture: Who’s in and who’s out after Week 14?

We entered Week 14 with 31 teams still alive for the playoffs; we leave it with 'just' 25 teams still mathematically able to reach the posts


We entered Week 14 with 31 teams still alive for the playoffs; we leave it with ‘just’ 25 teams still mathematically able to reach the postseason. The Titans, Chargers, Ravens, Lions, 49ers and the Dolphins are now officially out of the playoffs, no matter what happens in the rest of the season. On top of that, the Cowboys and the Jaguars are now mathematically unable to make the playoffs through the postseason route – they’ll have to win their divisions if they want to be playing into January. But where do those remaining twenty five teams stand? Who’s on the cusp of snatching a playoff spot from another team, and who can sit back in the knowledge that they’ve already punched their ticket to the postseason? Check out the full playoff picture below!  

AFC

In the picture

#1 – New England Patriots (.846) Clinched AFC East #2 – Cincinnati Bengals (.769) #3 – Denver Broncos (.769) The Bengals have a better record within the conference (.800) than the Broncos (.667) #4 – Indianapolis Colts (.462) The Colts own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Texans, who have the same record as the Colts #5 – Kansas City Chiefs (.615) #6 – New York Jets (.615)

In the hunt

#7 – Pittsburgh Steelers (.615) The Chiefs have a better record within the conference (.778) than the Jets (.600) and the Steelers (.556). The Jets have a better record within the conference than the Steelers #8 – Oakland Raiders (.462) #9 – Buffalo Bills (.462) #10 – Houston Texans (.462) The Raiders have a better record within the conference (.600) than the Bills (.545) or the Texans (.444). The Bills own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Texans. #11 – Jacksonville Jaguars (.385)

Already eliminated

  • Miami Dolphins (.385)
  • Baltimore Ravens (.308)
  • San Diego Chargers (.231)
  • Cleveland Browns (.231)
  • Tennessee Titans (.231)

NFC

In the picture

#1 – Carolina Panthers (1.000) Clinched NFC South #2 – Arizona Cardinals (.846) Clinched playoff spot #3 – Green Bay Packers (.692) #4 – Washington Redskins (.462) Washington are in a three-way tie with the Eagles and the Giants. Washington have a better record in games between the teams (.667) than the Eagles (.500) and the Giants (.333) #5 – Seattle Seahawks (.615) #6 – Minnesota Vikings (.615) The Seahawks own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Vikings

In the hunt

#7 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (.462) #8 – Atlanta Falcons (.462) #9 – Philadelphia Eagles (.462) #10 – New York Giants (.462) As we have teams from the same division, the first step in every round of the tiebreakers is whittle the tie down to the ‘top’ team from each division in the tie. The Bucs own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Falcons. The Eagles own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Giants. The Bucs own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Eagles, giving them the #7 seed. The Falcons own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Eagles, giving them the #8 seed. As already said, the Eagles own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Giants, giving them the #9 seed, and giving the Giants the #10 seed #11 – St. Louis Rams (.385) #12 – New Orleans Saints (.385) #13 – Chicago Bears (.385) The Rams have a better record within the conference (.444) than the Saints (.400) or the Bears (.222). The Saints have a better record within the conference than the Bears #14 – Dallas Cowboys (.308) The Cowboys *should* actually be #16 in terms of seeding, but unlike the teams would have been #14 (the Lions) and #15 (the 49ers), the Cowboys are still alive for the playoffs due to the NFC East; like the Lions and 49ers, they are eliminated from a wildcard spot.

Already eliminated

  • Detroit Lions (.308)
  • San Francisco 49ers (.308)

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Gur Samuel

Hi! I'm Gur and I'm RealSport's Editor-in-Chief. I'm also currently the site's tennis editor, and contribute to our NFL, wrestling and Formula 1 coverage as well. I'm also an NFL analyst for CNN International and contributor to SB Nation, and have contributed to, or been interviewed by, various print, broadcast and online media, including the BBC, Mail Online, ABC, NBC, CBS, the Boston Globe, and Yahoo! Sports.

NFL Playoff Picture: Who’s in and who’s out after Week 14?

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