Posted December 02, 2013

NFL Playoff Picture after Week 13

AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, AFC West, NFC East, NFC North, NFC South, NFC West, NFL Playoffs
The 49ers gave themselves a cushion at No. 6 with a win over the Rams.

The 49ers gave themselves a cushion at No. 6 with a win over the Rams. (Jed Jacobsohn/SI)

Here’s how the AFC and NFC playoff pictures look after Sunday’s afternoon action:

AFC

1. Denver Broncos (10-2): AFC West leader
2. New England Patriots (9-3): AFC East leader
3. Indianapolis Colts (8-4): AFC South leader
4. Cincinnati Bengals (8-4): AFC North leader
5. Kansas City Chiefs (9-3): Wild card
6. Baltimore Ravens (6-6): Wild card

In the Hunt: Miami Dolphins (6-6), Tennessee Titans (5-7), Pittsburgh Steelers (5-7), San Diego Chargers (5-7), New York Jets (5-7)

Danger Zone: Oakland Raiders (4-8), Cleveland Browns (4-8), Buffalo Bills (4-8)

New England, Indianapolis and Cincinnati all sidestepped upsets, while Denver completed its two-game sweep of Kansas City. Because of all that action, the top six in the AFC did not change from where it started Sunday.

The “danger zone” teams in this conference basically are in win-out mode — and even then, 8-8 might not get the job done. The situation is less dire, but only slightly, for Tennessee, Pittsburgh, San Diego and New York, all of which can max out at nine victories.

Baltimore, at 6-6 and with a win over Miami, controls its destiny. If the defending champs finish with four more wins, no one can bump them from the playoffs.

One more quick note: Because of Denver’s losses to both New England and Indianapolis, the Broncos would drop below either of those teams in head-to-head tiebreakers. That’s particularly important considering the slim gap between Denver and New England.

NFC

1. Seattle Seahawks (10-1): NFC West leader
2. New Orleans Saints (9-2): NFC South leader
3. Detroit Lions (7-5): NFC North leader
4. Dallas Cowboys (7-5): NFC East leader
5. Carolina Panthers (9-3) Wild card
6. San Francisco 49ers (8-4) Wild card

In the Hunt: Philadelphia Eagles (7-5), Arizona Cardinals (7-5)

Danger Zone: Chicago Bears (6-6), Green Bay Packers (5-6-1), New York Giants (5-7)

The Saints and Seahawks will duke it out for the top spot on Monday, but the rest of the field is starting to shape up a bit. The Bears’ disheartening overtime loss in Minnesota might be a killer. Chicago’s now two games back of the wild card and, because of a sweep by the Lions, essentially two out in the division as well.

The 49ers’ win over St. Louis coupled with Arizona’s loss to Philadelphia gave San Francisco a one-game cushion for the No. 6 seed. Carolina, now 9-3 after smoking Tampa Bay, has itself in terrific position with two games against the South-leading Saints coming over the season’s final four weeks.

Detroit holds the head-to-head tiebreaker on Dallas, and Dallas holds the same tiebreaker on Philadelphia — hence the Lions and Cowboys in the No. 3 and 4 slots, respectively.

5 comments
EdScheiner
EdScheiner

And who will be the next coach to do a Tomlin act with nothing significant likely to happen. This is a case of not what you do but who you are. So the NFL just keeps on rolling its express train of favoritism.

Disgustng is the most complimentary statement for the action by the coach an lack of action by NFL

Major Fine, Suspension. Franchise Fine, Draft Choice and a Public Apology is required. Or let's see how they explain their Coaches as examples for players and young fans. How can a player be fined or suspension for anything now.

George
George

And tomorrow night, it's likely that the sea-hens will be exPOSED (aGAIN) by Drew & hiz crew.


wlewisiii
wlewisiii

As a long time Packers fan, it's aggravating watching the idiot coach and GM destroy this season. I'll have to be a surrogate Lions fan for the rest of the year. OTOH, given their self-discipline issues, they're an almost guaranteed one and out. Then who? If the Chiefs survive the first round, probably them. They're building a solid long term foundation there and should be contenders for years. 

hoth733
hoth733

@George Well... In retrospect, I agree with your well thought out and researched statement. 

George
George

@hoth733 @George Me too!   I guess we'll have to wait for the NFC championship or possibly even the SB for the sea hens to be exPOSED!!


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