Week 17 is completed, marking the top of the 2020 NFL common season.
The postseason discipline has expanded by one group every within the AFC and the NFC to a complete of 14, which made the late-season outcomes extra attention-grabbing. Primarily based on the ultimate standings, this is an official take a look at how every convention event shapes up with the 2021 playoffs able to kick off:
NFL standings after Week 17
AFC playoff image
Who could be in?
(clinched) 1. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (14-2), champions, AFC West. The Chiefs did not get many fashion factors for his or her gritty win over the Falcons in Week 16, however the victory nonetheless secured the highest seed and lone first-round bye within the AFC playoffs. They’re properly positioned as favorites to repeat as Tremendous Bowl champions. They rested key gamers similar to QB Patrick Mahomes for Sunday’s meaningless residence finale towards the Chargers.
(clinched) 2. Buffalo Payments (13-3), champions, AFC East. The Payments locked up the non-bye second seed behind the Chiefs with their rout of the Dolphins to shut the season, profiting from the Steelers deciding to relaxation Ben Roethlisberger and never being fascinated about transferring as much as having a second residence sport within the playoffs. The Payments will host the wild-card Colts within the first spherical.
(clinched) 3. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4), champions, AFC North. The Steelers almost beat the Browns with Mason Rudolph beginning for Roethlisberger, however they finally fell quick by two factors. They might have stayed right here regardless primarily based on the Payments successful large over the Dolphins. Now the Steelers will want play the Browns a 3rd time within the playoffs with Roethlisberger again underneath middle this time.
(clinched) 4. Tennessee Titans (11-5), champions, AFC South. The Titans survived the Texans in a wild Southwest shootout in Week 17 with a last-second field-goal to keep away from additional time and lock down the division title forward of the Colts because of a greater division report. They are going to host the Ravens in a rematch of a Week 11 highway win in Baltimore.
(clinched) 5. Baltimore Ravens (11-5), second place, AFC North. The Ravens locked down the highest wild-card spot with their wire-to-wire win over the Bengals. They are going to stay forward of the Browns and Colts due to sweeping each groups. Ought to the Titans or Dolphins fall into the wild card, both could be one sport behind each the Browns and Ravens. They are going to play the AFC South winnner, both the Titans or Colts, within the first spherical.
(clinched) 6. Cleveland Browns (11-5), third place, AFC North. The Browns ended their 17-season postseason drought by entering into the playoffs because the second AFC wild card and third group from the division behind the Ravens and Steelers after they beat the resting Steelers at residence in Week 17. They are going to get a rubber rematch with the Steelers within the first spherical.
(clinched) 7. Indianapolis Colts (11-5), second place, AFC South. The Colts, because of the Dolphins dropping, are in the playoffs because the third AFC wild-card group after beating the Jaguars as anticipated in Week 17. They are going to get the robust job of touring to Buffalo within the first spherical. The Payments and Colts did not play throughout the common season.
8. Miami Dolphins (10-6)
9. Las Vegas Raiders (8-8)
10. New England Patriots (7-9)
11. Los Angeles Chargers (7-9)
12. Denver Broncos (5-11)
13. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)
14. Houston Texans (4-12)
15. New York Jets (2-14)
16. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-15)
The Dolphins joined this group with their loss to the Payments and the Colts’ win over the Jaguars. The Patriots grew to become too inconsistent to get again into the wild-card race and the Week 15 loss on the Dolphins formally eradicated them. The Broncos and Texans are doing higher than anticipated of late, however it’s extra fascinated about subsequent 12 months for each groups. The Chargers can take into consideration what may have been with all their shut losses, regardless of two latest wins. The Bengals had been performed when Joe Burrow went down in Week 11. The Jaguars and Jets have accomplished their battle for the highest draft choose; the Jags clinched it in Week 16 with a loss to the Bears and the Jets’ win over the Browns.
NFC playoff image
Who could be in?
(clinched) 1. Inexperienced Bay Packers (13-3), champions, NFC North. The Packers, with their convincing win over the Bears, secured home-field benefit within the NFC playoffs and earned that lone first-round bye. They are going to face the bottom remaining seed within the divisional playoffs in two weeks.
(clinched) 2. New Orleans Saints (12-4), champions, NFC South. The Saints could not catch the Packers, because of dropping to the Packers in Week 3. However they nonetheless locked down the No. 2 seed by beating the Panthers in Week 17, as they’ve the higher convention report than the No. 3 Seahawks. They are going to open the playoffs internet hosting the Bears, whom they beat on the highway in Week 8.
(clinched) 3. Seattle Seahawks (12-4), champions, NFC West. The Seahawks saved tempo with the Packers and Saints, however they remained on this spot with the outcomes and tiebreakers not of their favor. They are going to open the playoffs in Seattle towards the division rival Rams, whom they only beat at residence in Week 16.
(clinched) 4. Washington Soccer Crew (7-9), first place, NFC East. Washington accomplished a profitable season of rebranding underneath inspirational first-year head coach Ron Rivera with an unlikely return to the playoffs, led by inspirational quarterback Alex Smith. Their reward for stealing the East from the Giants, Cowboys and Eagles is a house sport towards Tom Brady and the red-hot Buccaneers.
(clinched) 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5), second place, NFC South. The Buccaneers locked down this prime NFC wild-card spot with their pull-away from the Falcons in Week 17. Meaning they get a highway date with the sub-.500 East champions within the first spherical. Tampa Bay is an early landing favourite over Washington with Brady makins his first playoff begin for a group aside from the Patriots.
(clinched) 6. Los Angeles Rams (10-6), second place, NFC West. The Rams beat the Cardinals to safe this second wild-card spot and get better from two staight robust losses. They are going to get a rubber match with the Seahawks within the first spherical with higher well being and hoping to have quarterback Jared Goff again, too.
(clinched) 7. Chicago Bears (8-8), second place, NFC North. The Bears did not fare properly of their eventual blowout loss to the Packers however they nonetheless bought into the playoffs with this remaining wild-card as they maintained their tiebreaker over the dropping Cardinals. They are going to face a brutal highway matchup with the Saints as a reward.
8. Arizona Cardinals (8-8)
9. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)
10. New York Giants (6-10)
11. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)
12. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)
13. Carolina Panthers (5-11)
14. Detroit Lions (5-11)
15. Philadelphia Eagles (4-11-1)
16. Atlanta Falcons (4-12)
The Cowboys had been lastly eradicated from NFC East competition in Week 17 with their loss to the Giants. The Giants then joined them when Washington beat the Eagles. The Eagles and Vikings joined this group in Week 16. The Lions and Falcons are down right here after firing their coaches earlier within the season. The 49ers joined them with consecutive residence losses to the Payments and Washington. The rebuilding Panthers’ Week 15 loss in Inexperienced Bay was their eighth one-possession defeat this season. They adopted that with an essential one-possession win at Washington.