The NFL playoff picture is starting to take shape. Here’s a look at what it looks like heading into Week 15.
The NFL Playoff Picture
The NFL playoff picture is starting to take shape with just a few weeks left in the regular season. The race for the top seed in the AFC is still wide open, but the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs seem to be the frontrunners. In the NFC, the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints are battling it out for the top spot. let’s take a look at the NFL playoff picture.
The current NFL standings
1. Baltimore Ravens (11-2)
2. New England Patriots (10-3)
3. Kansas City Chiefs (9-4)
4. Houston Texans (9-4)
5. Buffalo Bills (9-4)
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5)
In the hunt: Tennessee Titans (8-5), Oakland Raiders (6-7), Los Angeles Chargers (5-8), Jacksonville Jaguars (5-8), Indianapolis Colts (6-7), Cleveland Browns (6-7), Denver Broncos (5-8)
1. San Francisco 49ers (11-2)
2. Green Bay Packers (11-2)
3. New Orleans Saints (10-3) Dallas Cowboys(6-7) Minnesota Vikings(10-) Seattle Seahawks(11-) Los Angeles Rams(8-) Chicago Bears(7-) Arizona Cardinals(3-) Tampa Bay Buccaneers() Detroit Lions() Carolina Panthers() New York Giants() Philadelphia Eagles() Atlanta Falcons()
The teams that have clinched a playoff spot
As the regular season enters its final week, several teams have already clinched a spot in the playoffs.
In the AFC, the New England Patriots have clinched the top seed and home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs. The Pittsburgh Steelers have clinched the AFC North division title, while the Jacksonville Jaguars have clinched the AFC South division title. The Kansas City Chiefs have clinched a playoff berth, but they can still earn the AFC West division title and a first-round bye with a win in Week 17.
In the NFC, the Philadelphia Eagles have clinched the NFC East division title and a first-round bye. The Minnesota Vikings have also clinched a first-round bye. The Los Angeles Rams have clinched the NFC West division title. The New Orleans Saints have clinched a playoff berth, but they can still earn the top seed in the NFC and home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs with a win in Week 17.
The teams that are still in the running for a playoff spot
With only a few weeks left in the NFL regular season, the playoff picture is starting to come into focus.
A total of 12 teams will make the playoffs – six from each conference. The four division winners in each conference will earn a spot, as will the two wild card teams.
In the AFC, the New England Patriots have all but clinched the top seed in the conference, while the Baltimore Ravens are in good position to earn the No. 2 seed.
The other two division winners appear to be the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills, with the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders vying for one of the two wild card spots.
In the NFC, the New Orleans Saints have a stranglehold on the No. 1 seed, while the Seattle Seahawks are in good position to earn the No. 2 seed.
The other two division winners appear to be the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys, with the Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Rams vying for one of the two wild card spots.
The race for final few playoff spots is sure to come down to wire, making for an exciting end to the regular season!
The NFL Playoff Schedule
The NFL playoff picture is starting to take shape as we enter the final stretch of the regular season. The playoff schedule has been set, and we know which teams will be playing each other in the first round. Let’s take a look at the NFL playoff picture and see what it looks like.
The Wild Card Round
The NFL playoffs are a single-elimination tournament held after the end of the regular season to determine the NFL champion. From 1967 to 1969, four teams from each conference (AFC and NFC) qualified for the playoffs. In 1970, the NFL merged with the American Football League (AFL), and the NFL playoffs expanded to include eight teams: four from each conference. The four division winners in each conference advanced to the playoffs, and were seeded 1–4 based on their regular season records. The two second-place teams in each conference (the wild card teams) qualified for the playoffs as well, but were seeded 5–6 regardless of their records.
The Divisional Round
The NFL playoffs are a single-elimination tournament held after the regular season to determine the NFL champion. From1967 to 1969, prior to the merger with the American Football League (AFL), the NFL playoffs consisted of the NFL Championship Game, pitting the league’s two division winners (the winner of the Eastern Conference and the winner of the Western Conference), and two “wild card” teams (the two best teams from each conference that didn’t win their respective divisions).
In 1970, when the AFL merged with the NFL, the NFL playoff structure remained essentially unchanged. The only difference was that each conference now had two additional wild card teams, for a total of four. These four teams would play in what was essentially a mini-tournament, with two games on Wild Card Weekend and two more games on Divisional Playoff Weekend. The winners of those games would then advance to the Conference Championship Games, with the winners of those games meeting in the Super Bowl.
The Conference Championships
The NFL Conference Championships are the penultimate round of the NFL playoffs. The AFC and NFC champions will face off in a bid to win their respective conference title and advance to the Super Bowl. The AFC Championship will be played at 3:05 pm ET on Sunday, January 20, 2019, while the NFC Championship will be played at 6:40 pm ET on Sunday, January 20, 2019.
The Conference Championships are typically two of the most highly-anticipated and exciting games of the NFL season, as they feature the best teams in each conference battling it out for a spot in the biggest game of them all. This year’s Conference Championship games should be no different, as both matchups look to be very evenly matched. In the AFC, the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs will take on the second-seeded New England Patriots, while in the NFC, the top-seeded New Orleans Saints will take on the second-seeded Los Angeles Rams.
No matter who you’re rooting for this weekend, it’s sure to be an exciting weekend of football!
The Super Bowl
The Super Bowl is the biggest and most important game in the NFL, and it’s one of the most watched television events in the United States every year. The game determines the champion of the NFL for that season, and it’s usually played in early February. The Super Bowl is also a huge event for gambling, with many people betting on the outcome of the game.