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:
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x — clinched conference title; c — clinched division title; p — clinched playoff berth; d — division leader
WHAT’S AT STAKE SUNDAY IN AFC
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.