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AFC Playoff picture Week 13: Dolphins get crushed out of Wildcard position

The Miami Dolphins lost a game and a playoff position on Sunday.

Miami Dolphins v Baltimore Ravens Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The AFC Playoff picture changed on Sunday, in large part due to the Miami Dolphins’ six-game winning streak crashing back to Earth with a 38-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The loss from Miami opened the door for the Denver Broncos, who beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-10, to reclaim the sixth seed in the AFC Playoffs. The loss by Jacksonville eliminated them from Playoff contention.

The Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs both won on Sunday, increasing their hold on two of the playoff positions. That also gives the AFC West three teams in the postseason as of today.

The win for the Ravens over Miami keeps them in the AFC North lead, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are still tied with them at 7-5 on the year.

The path to the Playoffs is not impossible for Miami, but it clearly got more difficult on Sunday. Any shot at the AFC East crown probably ended, with the New England Patriots now jumping out to a three-game lead with four games to play.

Here are the current AFC playoff standings, with the Monday Night Football game between the Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets still to play.

AFC East standings

New England Patriots (10-2)
Miami Dolphins (7-5)
Buffalo Bills (6-6)
New York Jets (3-8)

AFC Playoff Picture

1. Oakland Raiders (10-2) - AFC West leader

2. New England Patriots (10-2) - AFC East leader

3. Baltimore Ravens (7-5) - AFC North leader

4. Houston Texans (6-6) - AFC South leader

5. Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) - Wildcard 1

6. Denver Broncos (8-4) - Wildcard 2

In the hunt

Miami Dolphins (7-5)

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5)

Buffalo Bills (6-6)

Tennessee Titans (6-6)

Indianapolis Colts (5-6)*

San Diego Chargers (5-7)

Cincinnati Bengals (4-7-1)

New York Jets (3-8)*

*Indianapolis at New York on Monday Night Football. The Jets will be eliminated from the Playoffs if they lose this game.


Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10)

Cleveland Browns (0-12)