Week 17 is finished, marking the end of the 2020 NFL regular season.
The postseason field has expanded by one team each in the AFC and the NFC to a total of 14, which made the late-season results more interesting. Based on the final standings, here’s an official look at how each conference tournament shapes up with the 2021 playoffs ready to kick off:
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NFL standings after Week 17
AFC playoff picture
Who would be in?
(clinched) 1. Kansas City Chiefs (14-2), champions, AFC West. The Chiefs didn’t get many style points for their gritty win over the Falcons in Week 16, but the victory still secured the top seed and lone first-round bye in the AFC playoffs. They are well positioned as favorites to repeat as Super Bowl champions. They rested key players such as QB Patrick Mahomes for Sunday’s meaningless home finale against the Chargers.
(clinched) 2. Buffalo Bills (13-3), champions, AFC East. The Bills locked up the non-bye second seed behind the Chiefs with their rout of the Dolphins to close the season, taking advantage of the Steelers deciding to rest Ben Roethlisberger and not being interested in moving up to having a second home game in the playoffs. The Bills will host the wild-card Colts in the first round.
(clinched) 3. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4), champions, AFC North. The Steelers nearly beat the Browns with Mason Rudolph starting for Roethlisberger, but they ultimately fell short by two points. They would have stayed here regardless based on the Bills winning big over the Dolphins. Now the Steelers will need play the Browns a third time in the playoffs with Roethlisberger back under center this time.
(clinched) 4. Tennessee Titans (11-5), champions, AFC South. The Titans survived the Texans in a wild Southwest shootout in Week 17 with a last-second field-goal to avoid overtime and lock down the division title ahead of the Colts thanks to a better division record. They will host the Ravens in a rematch of a Week 11 road win in Baltimore.
(clinched) 5. Baltimore Ravens (11-5), second place, AFC North. The Ravens locked down the top wild-card spot with their wire-to-wire win over the Bengals. They will remain ahead of the Browns and Colts because of sweeping both teams. Should the Titans or Dolphins fall into the wild card, either would be one game behind both the Browns and Ravens. They will play the AFC South winnner, either the Titans or Colts, in the first round.
(clinched) 6. Cleveland Browns (11-5), third place, AFC North. The Browns ended their 17-season postseason drought by getting into the playoffs as the second AFC wild card and third team from the division behind the Ravens and Steelers after they beat the resting Steelers at home in Week 17. They will get a rubber rematch with the Steelers in the first round.
(clinched) 7. Indianapolis Colts (11-5), second place, AFC South. The Colts, thanks to the Dolphins losing, are in the playoffs as the third AFC wild-card team after beating the Jaguars as expected in Week 17. They will get the tough task of traveling to Buffalo in the first round. The Bills and Colts didn’t play during the regular season.
8. Miami Dolphins (10-6)
9. Las Vegas Raiders (8-8)
10. New England Patriots (7-9)
11. Los Angeles Chargers (7-9)
12. Denver Broncos (5-11)
13. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)
14. Houston Texans (4-12)
15. New York Jets (2-14)
16. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-15)
The Dolphins joined this group with their loss to the Bills and the Colts’ win over the Jaguars. The Patriots became too inconsistent to get back into the wild-card race and the Week 15 loss at the Dolphins officially eliminated them. The Broncos and Texans are doing better than expected of late, but it’s more thinking about next year for both teams. The Chargers can think about what could have been with all their close losses, despite two recent wins. The Bengals were done when Joe Burrow went down in Week 11. The Jaguars and Jets have completed their battle for the top draft pick; the Jags clinched it in Week 16 with a loss to the Bears and the Jets’ win over the Browns.
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NFC playoff picture
Who would be in?
(clinched) 1. Green Bay Packers (13-3), champions, NFC North. The Packers, with their convincing win over the Bears, secured home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs and earned that lone first-round bye. They will face the lowest remaining seed in the divisional playoffs in two weeks.
(clinched) 2. New Orleans Saints (12-4), champions, NFC South. The Saints couldn’t catch the Packers, thanks to losing to the Packers in Week 3. But they still locked down the No. 2 seed by beating the Panthers in Week 17, as they have the better conference record than the No. 3 Seahawks. They will open the playoffs hosting the Bears, whom they beat on the road in Week 8.
(clinched) 3. Seattle Seahawks (12-4), champions, NFC West. The Seahawks kept pace with the Packers and Saints, but they remained in this spot with the results and tiebreakers not in their favor. They will open the playoffs in Seattle against the division rival Rams, whom they just beat at home in Week 16.
(clinched) 4. Washington Football Team (7-9), first place, NFC East. Washington completed a successful season of rebranding under inspirational first-year head coach Ron Rivera with an unlikely return to the playoffs, led by inspirational quarterback Alex Smith. Their reward for stealing the East from the Giants, Cowboys and Eagles is a home game against Tom Brady and the red-hot Buccaneers.
(clinched) 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5), second place, NFC South. The Buccaneers locked down this top NFC wild-card spot with their pull-away from the Falcons in Week 17. That means they get a road date with the sub-.500 East champions in the first round. Tampa Bay is an early touchdown favorite over Washington with Brady makins his first playoff start for a team other than the Patriots.
(clinched) 6. Los Angeles Rams (10-6), second place, NFC West. The Rams beat the Cardinals to secure this second wild-card spot and recover from two staight tough losses. They will get a rubber match with the Seahawks in the first round with better health and hoping to have quarterback Jared Goff back, too.
(clinched) 7. Chicago Bears (8-8), second place, NFC North. The Bears didn’t fare well in their eventual blowout loss to the Packers but they still got into the playoffs with this final wild-card as they maintained their tiebreaker over the losing Cardinals. They will face a brutal road matchup with the Saints as a reward.
8. Arizona Cardinals (8-8)
9. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)
10. New York Giants (6-10)
11. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)
12. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)
13. Carolina Panthers (5-11)
14. Detroit Lions (5-11)
15. Philadelphia Eagles (4-11-1)
16. Atlanta Falcons (4-12)
The Cowboys were finally eliminated from NFC East contention in Week 17 with their loss to the Giants. The Giants then joined them when Washington beat the Eagles. The Eagles and Vikings joined this group in Week 16. The Lions and Falcons are down here after firing their coaches earlier in the season. The 49ers joined them with consecutive home losses to the Bills and Washington. The rebuilding Panthers’ Week 15 loss in Green Bay was their eighth one-possession defeat this season. They followed that with an important one-possession win at Washington.