Here’s how the NFL playoff picture looks with Week 14’s Sunday action complete:
1. San Francisco 49ers (11-2): NFC West leader. Wild win in New Orleans affords them potentially crucial tiebreaker over Saints while also boosting Niners back into division lead three weeks ahead of regular-season finale at Seattle.
2. Green Bay Packers (10-3): NFC North leader. Host surging Bears (7-6) next Sunday in final regular-season game this year at Lambeau. But Pack is now perched to host another in January … after a week off.
y-3. New Orleans Saints (10-3): NFC South champions. Defensive collapse against San Francisco may not only prevent them from staying home in January — for the moment, it’s also knocked Who Dats out of bye position given Pack’s superior conference record.
4. Dallas Cowboys (6-7): NFC East leader. As lackluster as their collective fate appears, Dallas still controls it. Cowboys remain in first place even if Eagles win Monday but must take care of business with Rams in Week 15 ahead of key rematch in Philadelphia.
5. Seattle Seahawks (10-3): Wild card No. 1. Loss to Rams dropped them from second seed to fifth and prospect of no playoff game at CenturyLink Field.
6. Minnesota Vikings (9-4): Wild card No. 2. Took care of business against toothless Lions to maintain cushion over Rams (8-5) and Bears (7-6).
x-1. Baltimore Ravens (11-2): AFC North leader. Notched tough win in Buffalo, then saw their margin for error grow after Patriots’ defeat. Ravens will wrap up home field with two wins in final three games.
2. New England Patriots (10-3): AFC East leader. Chiefs snapped their 21-game home winning streak, further crippling Pats’ chances to claim top seed and foiling their bid to create breathing room from Buffalo in divisional race.
y-3. Kansas City Chiefs (9-4): AFC West champions. Wrapped up division for fourth consecutive year. One more lapse by Patriots would give Kansas City opportunity to notch a first-round bye before hosting a playoff game at Arrowhead.
4. Houston Texans (8-5): AFC South leader. The followed dominant defeat of New England by letting Broncos paste them at home. Texans currently own tiebreaker for division lead over Tennessee (8-5) but must play scalding Titans twice in final three weeks.
5. Buffalo Bills (9-4): Wild card No. 1. Couldn’t quite get it done against Baltimore. Next, Bills travel to Pittsburgh to face another potential playoff team.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5): Wild card No. 2. They also presently own a tiebreaker over Titans (8-5) by virtue of a slightly better conference record, but it’s a tenuous spot with Bills coming to Heinz Field.
x — clinched berth
y — clinched division
z — clinched first-round bye
zz — clinched home-field advantage
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