The early afternoon schedule for Week 16 changed into chaos and comebacks. The Colts rallied again to win after trailing all recreation. The Texans rallied to take the lead, solely to have Nick Foles provide you with some extra heroics to maintain the Eagles alive. The Cowboys, Patriots, and Vikings additionally got here up with huge wins. So let’s assess the place we’re [with further updates below after the later games].
Right here’s what we all know:
Within the AFC, the Chiefs, Chargers, and Patriots (as AFC East champs) are within the playoffs. The Ravens, Steelers, Texans, Titans, and Colts are nonetheless alive for the remaining three slots as AFC North champs, AFC South champs, and the second wildcard.
Within the NFC, all of the division titles are determined, with the Cowboys profitable the NFC East by beating the Bucs as we speak. The Saints, Rams, Bears, and Cowboys will all be internet hosting.
Three groups are battling for the 2 wildcard spots. The Seahawks (Eight-6) and Vikings (Eight-6-1) lead the Eagles (Eight-7) coming into Week 17, with Seattle nonetheless to play tonight as properly.
Right here’s what stays:
AFC West: Kansas Metropolis wins the division and will get the #1 seed by beating both Seattle or Oakland. The Chargers would wish the Chiefs to lose each, and beat Denver, or they would be the #5 seed. The AFC West champ is now assured the #1 seed so long as they end higher than 11-5.
AFC North: The Steelers win the North in the event that they win out, or win yet another recreation and the Ravens lose to the Brown subsequent week. The Ravens win the North in the event that they beat the Browns and the Steelers lose a recreation.
However maintain on, there’s extra. The AFC North champ can nonetheless get a bye. If the Steelers or Ravens win out, they will get a bye if the Patriots lose and the AFC South winner is 10-6. The Colts can not get a bye as a result of they’d lose the head-to-head tiebreaker to the Patriots at 10-6, and lose a three-way involving the Ravens as properly. The Titans might get a bye in the event that they win, if the Pats lose, the Texans lose, and the Steelers and Ravens lose yet another recreation additionally.
Wildcard Slot: The Ravens have the benefit for the ultimate wildcard spot, as they maintain the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Titans and convention document tiebreaker over the Colts within the occasion of a 10-6 tie. If the Texans misplaced and completed 2nd, the tiebreaker between the Ravens and Texans would come right down to a Power of Victory tiebreaker, which is in favor of the Texans by solely zero.5 wins in the meanwhile and really a lot unsure.
The Titans/Colts winner would get a wildcard if both the Steelers lose a recreation or the Ravens lose to the Browns.
The Steelers can not get the wildcard except the Colts/Titans recreation ends in a tie. The Colts would win the tiebreaker over the Titans at 9-6-1 in that occasion, and the Steelers would win a tiebreaker at 9-6-1 with the Colts if their win was in opposition to the Bengals (primarily based on widespread video games), and lose it if their win was in opposition to the Saints (primarily based on convention document).
NFC Byes: The Saints get the #1 seed with a win of their final two video games, or a Bears or Rams loss.
The Rams get a bye in the event that they win out, or if the Bears lose a recreation and so they win one. The Bears have to win out and have the Rams lose a recreation to get a bye, or have the Rams lose each, and win a recreation. The Cowboys can not get a bye.
NFC Wildcards: It comes right down to Seattle, Minnesota, and Philadelphia. Seattle would win a tiebreaker over Philadelphia in the event that they completed tied at 9-7 or Eight-Eight, due to convention document. Minnesota additionally has a half-game lead on the Eagles. Meaning the Eagles solely make it in the event that they beat Washington and both Seattle loses each, or the Vikings lose to the Bears in Week 17.