NFL 2023 playoff picture, standings after Week 17: Cowboys control NFC East; Ravens, 49ers win top seeds

One more week to go in NFL During the regular season, the playoff races are as wild and chaotic as ever. The AFC and NFC each have 12 teams still mathematically alive in Week 17. Entering Week 18, the AFC still has three playoff berths up for grabs. The AFC East-title showdown between the Bills and Dolphins highlights the action. In the NFC, six teams are fighting for the final two spots.

Below, the tiebreakers for each team will be explained. A breakdown of the current standings and what each contender is up against.

AFC playoff picture

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3 Y-leaders

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4 Jaguars

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5 x-Browns 11 5 0 .688 +51
6 Bills 10 6 0 .625 +133
7 Colts 9 7 0 .563 -15
8 Texans 9 7 0 .563 +20
9 The Steelers 9 7 0 .563 -27
10 E-Bengals 8 8 0 .500 -35
11 e-Broncos 8 8 0 .500 -2
12 E-Riders 7 9 0 .438 -12
13 E-Jets 6 10 0 .375 -101
14 E-Titans 5 11 0 .313 -70
15 E-chargers 5 11 0 .333 -51
16 E-Patriots 4 12 0 .250 -116

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what to do Know: The Ravens took over the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a Week 17 win over the Dolphins. They got a bye in the first round.

Rest of the schedule: vs. the Steelers

Miami Dolphins

What to know: Despite the loss to Baltimore, Miami remains the No. 2 seed in the AFC. The Dolphins will play the Bills next week for the AFC East title.

Rest of the schedule: Bills against

Kansas City Chiefs

What to know: The Chiefs wrapped up the AFC West title and are currently the No. 1 seed in the AFC due to home-field advantage. 3 ranks.

Rest of the schedule: on chargers

Jacksonville Jaguars

What to know: The Jaguars are still 4th in the AFC and still in first place in the AFC South. The Jaguars hold the head-to-head tiebreaker for the division lead over the Texans and Colts.

Rest of the schedule: In Titans

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What to know: The Browns are ranked No. 5 in the AFC, and the Ravens won't be able to advance any higher by clinching the division.

Rest of the schedule: In Bengal

Buffalo Bills

What to know: The Bills are 6th in wins over the Patriots. They will play the Dolphins next week for the AFC East title

Rest of the schedule: In dolphins

Indianapolis Colts

What to know: After the win over the Raiders, the Colts are currently No. 7 in the AFC, holding a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Texans (No. 8) and Steelers (No. 9). Indianapolis and Houston will play next week to keep the season alive, as a Colts win would clinch a playoff spot.

Rest of the schedule: vs. the Texans

Houston Texans

What to know: Houston is currently ranked No. 8 and sits out of the playoffs after a win over Tennessee and a tiebreaker against Indianapolis for No. Dropped to 7th place. The Texans hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Steelers, and a win would keep their postseason chances alive.

Rest of the schedule: In Colts

Pittsburgh Steelers

What to know: The Steelers continued in the hunt with a win over the Seahawks. Pittsburgh (No. 9) loses a back-to-back tiebreaker against the Colts and Texans. They need a win over the Ravens and some help to make the postseason.

Rest of the schedule: At Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals

What to know: The Bengals were eliminated from the playoffs by losing to the Chiefs.

Rest of the schedule: vs. the Browns

What to know: Even with their win over the Chargers, the Broncos were eliminated from the playoffs.

Rest of the schedule: In Riders

Las Vegas Raiders

What to know: Riders were removed.

Rest of the schedule: vs. the Broncos

What to know: The jets were removed.

Rest of the schedule: In Patriots

Los Angeles Chargers

What to know: Chargers are removed.

Rest of the schedule: Against the leaders

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Tennessee Titans

What to know: The Titans were eliminated.

Rest of the schedule: vs. the Jaguars

New England Patriots

What to know: Patriots are eliminated.

Rest of the schedule: vs. the Jets

NFC playoff picture

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3 y-lions 11 5 0 .688 +56
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5 x-eagles 11 5 0 .688 +22
6 x-rams 9 7 0 .563 +26
7 Bakers 8 8 0 .500 +25
8 Sea hawks 8 8 0 .500 -39
9 Saints 8 8 0 .500 +44
10 Vikings 7 9 0 .438 -8
11 Electric bears 7 9 0 .438 -11
12 Hawks 7 9 0 .438 -21
13 Electric trolls 5 11 0 .313 -158
14 Electrical commanders 4 12 0 .250 -161
15 E-cardinals 4 12 0 .250 -124
16 E-Panthers 2 14 0 .125 -171

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What to know: The 49ers had home-field advantage in the NFC with their win and the Eagles loss. They get a first-round bye.

Rest of the schedule: vs. the Rams

What to know: A win over the Dallas Lions and a loss to the Eagles Cardinals returns to No. 2. They clinched the NFC East with a win the following week.

Rest of the schedule: At Commanders

Detroit Lions

What to know: The Lions have clinched the NFC North and are currently 3rd in the NFC.

Rest of the schedule: vs. the Vikings

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What to know: The Buccaneers continue to lead the NFC South despite their loss to the Saints. They can grab the tiebreaker based on best winning percentage in common games and clinch the division with a win next week.

Rest of the schedule: In Panthers

Philadelphia Eagles

What to know: The Eagles finished 5th in the NFC — falling out of the division lead after losing to the Cardinals. Philadelphia needs a win and a Dallas loss in Week 18 to clinch the NFC East.

Rest of the schedule: At Giants

Los Angeles Rams

What to know: The Rams clinched a playoff spot with a win over the Giants, and the Seahawks lost to the Steelers. They are the 6th seed in the conference.

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Rest of the schedule: At the age of 49

Green Bay Packers

What to know: With a big win over the Vikings, the Packers' No. 7 and could clinch a playoff spot with a win against the Bears in Week 18.

Rest of the schedule: Bears vs

Seattle Seahawks

What to know: Seahawks no. Despite sitting in the 8th spot, they can't control their own playoff destiny after losing to the Steelers. They hold the tiebreaker over the Saints (No. 9) based on having the best record in conference games.

Rest of the schedule: Among the cardinals

New Orleans Saints

What to know: The Saints are ranked 9th after the win over the Buccaneers and are now in first place in the NFC South. Tampa Bay has the best winning percentage in common games, so the Buccaneers will capture the tiebreaker.

Rest of the schedule: vs. the Falcons

Minnesota Vikings

What to know: The Vikings are 10th in NFC and life support. They need a lot of help to get a win against the Lions in Week 18 and make the playoffs.

Rest of the schedule: In Lions

Chicago Bears

What to know: The Packers' win over the Vikings eliminated the Bears.

Rest of the schedule: at Bakers

Atlanta Falcons

What to know: The Falcons lost to the Bears to fall to No. 12, still a game out of the NFC South. Atlanta ends its regular season with New Orleans, still mathematically alive in the division race.

Rest of the schedule: To the saints

New York Giants

What to know: Giants are eliminated.

Rest of the schedule: v. Eagles

Washington generals

What to know: Commanders are removed.

Rest of the schedule: vs. the Cowboys

Arizona Cardinals

What to know: Cardinals were removed.

Rest of the schedule: vs. the Seahawks

Carolina Panthers

What to know: The Panthers were eliminated.

Rest of the schedule: vs. Buccaneers

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