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The NFL playoff picture

Six teams from each conference make the playoffs — the four division winners plus two wild-card teams. The first three tiebreakers within a division are head-to-head, division record, and record vs. common opponents; the first three for a wild-card spot involving teams not in the same division are head-to-head, conference record, and record vs. common opponents. The two division winners with the best records get first-round byes. The leading contenders in each conference:

AFCW-LDiv. Conf.Remaining game
c-Houston12-35-010-1at Indianapolis
c-Denver12-35-09-2Kansas City
c-New England11-45-010-1Miami
c-Baltimore10-54-18-3at Cincinnati
p-Indianapolis10-53-27-4Houston
p-Cincinnati 9-62-36-5Baltimore
NFCW-LDiv.Conf.Remaining game
x-Atlanta13-23-29-2Tampa Bay
c-Green Bay11-45-08-3at Minnesota
pd-San Francisco10-4-12-2-16-4-1Arizona
d-Washington9-64-17-4Dallas
p-Seattle10-52-37-4St. Louis
Minnesota9-63-26-5Green Bay
Chicago9-62-36-5at Detroit
Dallas8-73-25-6at Washington
NY Giants8-72-37-4Philadelphia

x — clinched conference title; c — clinched division title; p — clinched playoff berth; d — division leader


WHAT’S AT STAKE SUNDAY IN AFC

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HOUSTON: clinches No. 1 seed with win or Denver loss and New England loss; clinches first-round bye with Denver loss or New England loss.

DENVER: clinches No. 1 seed with win and Houston loss; clinches first-round bye with win or New England loss.

NEW ENGLAND: clinches No. 1 seed with win and Denver loss and Houston loss; clinches first-round bye with win and loss by Houston or Denver.

WHAT’S AT STAKE SUNDAY IN NFC

GREEN BAY: clinches first-round bye with win or losses by San Francisco and Seattle.

SAN FRANCISCO: clinches NFC West with win or tie and Seattle loss or tie; clinches first-round bye with win and Green Bay loss.

WASHINGTON: clinches NFC East with win or tie; clinches playoff berth with losses by Minnesota and Chicago.

SEATTLE: clinches NFC West with win and San Francisco loss; clinches first-round bye with win and losses by San Francisco and Green Bay.

MINNESOTA: clinches playoff berth with win or losses by Chicago, Dallas, and NY Giants.

CHICAGO: clinches playoff berth with win and Minnesota loss.

DALLAS: clinches NFC East with win.

NY GIANTS: clinch playoff berth with win and losses by Dallas, Minnesota, and Chicago.

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