2021 NFL playoff photo, ranking: Chiefs take AFC top spot, Cowboys rout Eagles with playoffs secured

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The longest season in NFL history is finally drawing to a close, starting with a Saturday Week 18 doubles schedule that features clashes with playoff implications. The Kansas City Chiefs rallied to defeat the Denver Broncos and win at least the second seed in the AFC, forcing the Tennessee Titans to win on Sunday in order to maintain home ground advantage in the AFC.

The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys secured their playoff spots. Dallas still has a shot at becoming the No. 2 seed in the NFC, while the highest the Eagles can get is the No. 6 seed in the conference. Philadelphia rested several key starters in Saturday night’s showdown.

Below, you can find a conference breakdown of the current standings, each club’s performances in Week 18, their playoff game, and their draft pick (for teams eliminated from the playoffs).

AFC

y-Chefs

12

5

0

.706

5-1

7-5

y-Titans

11

5

0

.688

4-1

6-5

y-Bengales

ten

6

0

.625

4-1

8-3

y-bills

ten

6

0

.625

4-1

6-5

x-patriots

ten

6

0

.625

3-2

8-3

Foals

9

seven

0

.563

3-2

7-4

Chargers

9

seven

0

.563

3-2

6-5

Raiders

9

seven

0

.563

2-3

7-4

Steelers

8

seven

1

.531

3-2

6-5

e-Dolphins

8

8

0

.500

3-2

5-6

Ravens

8

8

0

.500

1-4

5-6

e-Browns

seven

9

0

.438

2-3

4-7

e-Broncos

seven

ten

0

.412

1-5

3-9

e-Jets

4

12

0

.250

0-5

4-7

e-Texans

4

12

0

.250

3-2

4-7

e-Jaguars

2

14

0

.125

1-5

2-9

place for the x-clinched playoffs
division title won
z-stalled ground advantage
e-eliminated from the playoffs

What there is to know: The Chiefs are currently the No. 1 seed in the AFC following their victory over the Broncos and will at least be the No. 2 seed in the conference. Kansas City needs a loss to Tennessee in Week 18 to clinch the first-round pass.

Tennessee Titans

What there is to know: The Titans hold the AFC’s No.1 seed with the Chiefs’ loss to the Bengals. Tennessee clinches the seed with a win over Houston in Week 18.

Remaining time: among Texans

Cincinnati Bengals

What there is to know: The Bengals won the AFC North. Cincinnati is the AFC’s No.3 seed due to a better conference record than Buffalo.

Remaining time: among browns

What there is to know: The Bills have yet to lock up the AFC East, but have clinched a playoff berth. They won the AFC East in Week 18 with a victory.

Remaining time: vs Jets

What there is to know: The Patriots clinched a playoff berth. New England take the AFC East with a win and Buffalo’s loss to New York in Week 18. The Patriots will be at least the No. 5 seed with a win.

Remaining time: among dolphins

Indianapolis Colts

What there is to know: Indianapolis only needs a win over the Jaguars in Week 18 to secure a playoff spot. The Colts are the No. 6 seed in the conference, even though they have the same track record as the Chargers and Raiders. Indianapolis has the best record in conference games and the Chargers defeating the Raiders earlier this year gave Los Angeles seventh place. The Colts can clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Jaguars.

Remaining time: at Jaguar

Los Angeles Chargers

What there is to know: The Chargers are currently the No.7 seed with a week to go, losing a conference record tiebreaker against the Colts, but own the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Raiders – they face this. week.

Los Angeles clinches a playoff berth with a victory over Las Vegas.

Remaining time: among the Raiders

Las Vegas Adventurers

What there is to know: The Raiders are tied with the Colts and Chargers at 9-7 with a week to go. Las Vegas lose the tiebreaker to Los Angeles – currently the No.7 seed – but the Raiders face the Chargers next week.

The Raiders can earn a playoff berth with any of the following:

  • Win Against Chargers
  • Loss of the Steelers (Week 17 or 18) + Loss of the Colts
  • Remaining time: vs chargers

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    What to do to know: The Steelers can clinch a playoff berth with a Week 18 win over the Ravens, plus a loss to the Colts.

    Remaining time: among crows

    Miami dolphins

    What there is to know: The Dolphins are eliminated from the playoffs with their loss to the Titans. Their first-round draft pick goes to the Eagles in the 2022 NFL Draft.

    Remaining time: against the patriots

    Baltimore Ravens

    What there is to know: The Ravens’ playoff hopes are low. Baltimore is 11th in the conference and needs a Week 18 win with a little help to advance to the playoffs.

    The Ravens can land a playoff berth with a win, as well as losses to the Colts, Browns, Chargers and Dolphins.

    Remaining time: against the Steelers

    Cleveland browns

    What there is to know: The Browns were eliminated from the playoffs in Week 17, with the Chargers beating the Broncos and Bengals winning the AFC North.

    Remaining time: against the Bengals

    Denver Broncos

    What there is to know: The Broncos are out of the playoffs and are up for the No.10 pick in the NFL Draft.

    New York Jets

    What there is to know: The Jets are eliminated from the playoffs and are up for the No.4 pick in the NFL Draft.

    Remaining time: to invoices

    Houston Texans

    What there is to know: The Texans are out of the playoffs and currently own the No.3 pick in the NFL Draft.

    Remaining time: against the titans

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    What there is to know: The Jaguars are out of the playoffs and currently own the No.1 pick in the NFL Draft.

    Remaining time: against foals

    NFC

    z-Packers

    13

    3

    0

    .813

    4-1

    9-2

    x-rams

    12

    4

    0

    .750

    3-2

    8-3

    y-buccaneers

    12

    4

    0

    .750

    3-2

    7-4

    y-Cowboys

    12

    5

    0

    .706

    6-0

    10-2

    x-cardinals

    11

    5

    0

    .688

    4-1

    874

    49ers

    9

    seven

    0

    .563

    1-4

    6-5

    x-eagles

    9

    8

    0

    .529

    3-3

    7-5

    Saints

    8

    8

    0

    .500

    3-2

    6-5

    e-Vikings

    seven

    9

    0

    .438

    3-2

    5-6

    e-Falcons

    seven

    9

    0

    .438

    2-3

    4-7

    e-Washington

    6

    ten

    0

    .375

    1-4

    5-6

    e-Bear

    6

    ten

    0

    .375

    2-3

    4-7

    e-Seahawks

    6

    ten

    0

    .375

    2-3

    438

    e-Panthers

    5

    11

    0

    .313

    2-3

    3-8

    e-Giants

    4

    12

    0

    .250

    1-4

    3-8

    e-Lions

    2

    13

    1

    .156

    1-4

    2-9

    place for the x-clinched playoffs
    division title won
    z-stalled ground advantage
    e-eliminated from the playoffs

    What there is to know: The Packers clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

    Remaining time: among the Lions

    What there is to know: The Buccaneers are the No. 3 seed in the NFC. They lost the tiebreaker to the Rams for second place.

    Remaining time: against the Panthers

    The Los Angeles Rams

    What there is to know: The Rams win NFC West with a win over the 49ers in Week 18 or a loss for the Cardinals to the Seahawks. They are currently the No. 2 seed in the NFC, holding a head-to-head tiebreaker against the Buccaneers.

    Remaining time: against 49ers

    Dallas Cowboys

    What there is to know: The Cowboys are the No.4 seed in the NFC, but have already landed the NFC East. They can land the # 2 seed in the conference, but need help.

    Remaining time: to the Eagles

    Arizona Cardinals

    What there is to know: The Cardinals will win NFC West with a victory and a loss for the Rams in Week 18. Arizona cannot be lower than the No.5 seed in the playoffs.

    Remaining time: against the Seahawks

    San Francisco 49ers

    What there is to know: The 49ers clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Rams in Week 18 or a loss by the Saints to the Falcons. San Francisco is currently the No. 6 seed in the NFC, holding the tiebreaker against Philadelphia.

    Remaining time: among rams

    Philadelphia Eagles

    What there is to know: The Eagles clinched a playoff berth, but are still the No. 7 seed as the 49ers own the head-to-head tiebreaker. They are still on the line for the No.6 seed in the conference if the 49ers lose and the Saints win on Sunday.

    Saints of New Orleans

    What there is to know: The Saints are still alive in the NFC playoff race. New Orleans are one game away from Philadelphia and San Francisco for the final playoff spot as the No.8 seed, but lose the tiebreaker to the Eagles.

    The Saints clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Falcons and a loss by the 49ers to the Rams.

    Remaining time: among hawks

    What there is to know: The Vikings are out of the playoffs and are up for the No.12 pick in the NFL Draft.

    Remaining time: against bears

    Atlanta Falcons

    What there is to know: The Falcons are out of the playoffs and are up for the No.11 pick in the NFL Draft.

    Remaining time: against the saints

    What there is to know: Washington is eliminated from the playoffs and in line for the No.9 pick in the NFL Draft.

    Remaining time: among the giants

    Chicago Bear

    What there is to know: The Bears are eliminated from the playoffs. Chicago is said to be in contention for the No.8 draft pick, but it comes down to the New York Giants following a draft day trade.

    Remaining time: among the vikings

    Seattle Seahawks

    What there is to know: The Seahawks are out of the playoffs and would own the No.7 pick in the draft, but it comes down to the Jets thanks to Jamal Adams’ trade.

    Remaining time: among the cardinals

    Carolina Panthers

    What there is to know: The Panthers are out of the playoffs. Carolina currently has the No. 6 pick in the draft.

    Remaining time: at the buccaneers

    New York Giants

    What there is to know: The Giants are out of the playoffs and currently own the No. 5 draft pick.

    Remaining time: against Washington

    Detroit Lions

    What there is to know: The Lions are out of the playoffs and currently own the second pick in the draft.

    Remaining time: against the packers

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