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NFL Playoff Picture: Week 12 updates on Sunday - UPDATED through Sunday Night Football

Updating the NFL playoff standings throughout Week 12 of the 2022 season as the Sunday games are played.

Houston Texans v Miami Dolphins Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images

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The NFL’s Week 12 schedule is on to the Sunday games following the three-game Thanksgiving slate on Thursday. Throughout Sunday, games will impact both the AFC playoff picture and the NFC playoff picture, and we will keep up with all of the results. As each game ends, we will update the standings in both conferences for the latest update to the playoffs.

The week started with the Kansas City Chiefs holding the top spot on the AFC side of the bracket, followed by the Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans, and Baltimore Ravens in the second, third, and fourth spots. The Buffalo Bills entered Week 12 as the top wild card team, with the New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals rounding out the rest of the playoff positions. The New York Jets and Los Angeles Chargers were the first two teams out of the playoff picture.

On the NFC side of the bracket, the Philadelphia Eagles entered the week with the number one seed. The Minnesota Vikings held the second, while the San Francisco 49ers were third and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were fourth. The wild card positions belonged to the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and Seattle Seahawks. The Washington Commanders and Atlanta Falcons were the first teams on the wrong side of the playoff cut line.

Tonight’s Monday Night Football matchup is more about position in the chase for the playoffs than it is about the current seeding. There is not much on the line for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are 3-7 on the year and facing an uphill battle to try to stay relevant in this year’s postseason picture. A win would keep them as the 14th team in the rankings, while a loss would push them down to 15th, the second worst team in the conference. On the other sidelines, the Indianapolis Colts are still hanging on to the chase, sitting at 4-6-1 entering tonight. Win or lose, they remain in the tenth position, but at 5-6-1, they would effectively be just 1.5 games out of the wild card and the AFC South lead. They could make a run late in the season to claim a playoff berth, but they likely need to start that with a win tonight.

Below you will find the scores for all of the Week 12 games, along with the current AFC and NFC standings.

Week 12 Scores


Buffalo Bills 28 - Detroit Lions 25, Final, Thanksgiving
New York Giants 20 - Dallas Cowboys 28, Final, Thanksgiving
New England Patriots 26 - Minnesota Vikings 30, Final, Thanksgiving
Chicago Bears 10 - New York Jets 31, Final
Atlanta Falcons 13 - Washington Commanders 19, Final
Houston Texans 15 - Miami Dolphins 30, Final
Cincinnati Bengals 20 - Tennessee Titans 16, Final
Denver Broncos 10 - Carolina Panthers 23, Final
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 - Cleveland Browns 23, Final (OT)
Baltimore Ravens 27 - Jacksonville Jaguars 28, Final
Los Angeles Chargers 25 - Arizona Cardinals 24, Final
Los Angeles Rams 10 - Kansas City Chiefs 26, Final
New Orleans Saints 0 - San Francisco 49ers 13, Final
Las Vegas Raiders 40 - Seattle Seahawks 34, Final (OT)
Green Bay Packers 33 - Philadelphia Eagles 40, Final, Sunday Night Football


Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts, Monday Night Football

AFC Playoff Picture (through Week 12 SNF)

1 - Kansas City Chiefs (9-2, AFC West leader)
2 - Miami Dolphins (8-3, AFC East leader)
3 - Tennessee Titans (7-4, AFC South leader)
4 - Baltimore Ravens (7-4, AFC North leader)
5 - Buffalo Bills (8-3, Wild Card 1)
6 - Cincinnati Bengals (7-4, Wild Card 2)
7 - New York Jets (7-4, Wild Card 3)

In the hunt
New England Patriots (6-5)
Los Angeles Chargers (6-5)
Indianapolis Colts (4-6-1)
Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7)
Cleveland Browns (4-7)
Las Vegas Raiders (4-7)
Pittsburgh Steelers (3-7)
Denver Broncos (3-8)
Houston Texans (1-9-1)

NFC Playoff Picture (through Week 12)

1 - Philadelphia Eagles (10-1, NFC East leader)
2 - Minnesota Vikings (9-2, NFC North leader)
3 - San Francisco 49ers (7-4, NFC West leader)
4 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-6, NFC South leader)
5 - Dallas Cowboys (8-3, Wild Card 1)
6 - New York Giants (7-4, Wild Card 2)
7 - Washington Commanders (7-5, Wild Card 3)

In the hunt
Seattle Seahawks (6-5)
Atlanta Falcons (5-7)
Detroit Lions (4-7)
Green Bay Packers (4-8)
Arizona Cardinals (4-8)
New Orleans Saints (4-8)
Carolina Panthers (4-8)
Los Angeles Rams (3-8)
Chicago Bears (3-9)