The Baltimore Ravens blocked a Cleveland Browns field goal at the end of their Week 12 Monday Night Football game, picked up the ball and returned it all the day for a touchdown to win the game as the clock expired. It was an incredible ending to the week. It also hurt the Miami Dolphins.
Yesterday, the Dolphins were in 12th place in the AFC, far enough out of the Playoff picture to understand their realistic shot at the Playoffs is gone, but still technically alive for a Wildcard spot. Baltimore's win actually pushes the Dolphins down another spot, into the 13th position, because the Ravens have gone 3-5 in the AFC, while Miami is 2-6.
Other than Baltimore and Miami moving, the rest of the AFC Playoff Picture remains the same as the pre-Monday Night Football standings.
AFC Playoff Standings
1 - New England Patriots (10-1, AFC East Leaders)
2 - Cincinnati Bengals (9-2, AFC North Leaders)
3 - Denver Broncos (9-2, AFC West Leaders)
4 - Indianapolis Colts (6-5, AFC South Leaders)
Tie breaks: Cincinnati (0.875) beats Denver (0.714) based on AFC winning percentage. Indianapolis beats Houston based on head-to-head results.
5 - Kansas City Chiefs (6-5, Wildcard 1)
6 - Houston Texans (6-5, Wildcard 2)
Tie breaks: Kansas City (0.714) beats Houston (0.571), New York (0.556), and Pittsburgh (0.429) based on AFC winning percentage. Houston beats New York and Pittsburgh based on AFC winning percentage.
New York Jets (6-5)
Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5)
Tie breaks: New York beats Pittsburgh based on AFC winning percentage.
Oakland Raiders (5-6)
Buffalo Bills (5-6)
Tie breaks: Oakland (0.625) beats Buffalo (0.500) based on AFC winning percentage.
Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7)
Baltimore Ravens (4-7)
Miami Dolphins (4-7)
Tie breaks: Jacksonville beats Miami and Baltimore based on head-to-head sweep. Baltimore (0.375) beats Miami (0.250) based on AFC winning percentage.
San Diego Chargers (3-8)
Cleveland Browns (2-9)
Tennessee Titans (2-9)
Tie breaks: Cleveland beats Tennessee based on head-to-head results.