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NFL playoff standings: Updated Week 16 playoff picture and who clinched during the week

Week 16 brought more of the 2023 NFL playoff picture into focus, with just two weeks remaining in the regular season. We have updated the playoff standings for all of the results from the week.

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Week 16 of the 2023 NFL season came to an end on Monday as a triple-header of Christmas Day games were played. The day started with the Las Vegas Raiders beating the Kansas City Chiefs. The second game of the day saw the Philadelphia Eagles came away with the victory over the New York Giants. In the night game, the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers.

Throughout the week, we tracked all of the game results, updating the playoff standings as each game went final. Now that all of the games for the week are complete, here are the AFC and NFC p’34layoff picture through Week 16/.

Last update: 11 p.m. ET Monday


AFC East standings (through Week 16):

Miami Dolphins (11-4)
Buffalo Bills (9-6) - 2 GB
New York Jets (6-9) - Eliminated
New England Patriots (4-11) - Eliminated

Week 16 schedule:
Bills 24 - 22 Chargers
Commanders 28 - 30 Jets
Cowboys 20 - 22 Dolphins
Patriots 26 - 23 Broncos


AFC playoff picture (through Week 16):

1 - Baltimore Ravens (12-3, AFC North leader)x
2 - Miami Dolphins (11-4, AFC East leader)x
3 - Kansas City Chiefs (9-6, AFC West leader)
4 - Jacksonville Jaguars (8-7, AFC South leader)

5 - Cleveland Browns (10-5, Wild Card 1 position)
6 - Buffalo Bills (9-6, Wild Card 2 position)
7 - Indianapolis Colts (8-7, Wild Card 3 position)

Houston Texans (8-7)
Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7)
Cincinnati Bengals (8-7)
Las Vegas Raiders (7-8)
Denver Broncos (7-8)

Eliminated:
New York Jets (6-9)
Tennessee Titans (5-10)
Los Angeles Chargers (5-10)
New England Patriots (4-11)

x Playoff berth clinched

Tiebreaks:

  • Jaguars over Colts and Texans based on head-to-head results
  • Colts over Texans based on head-to-head results (divisional tiebreak); Steelers over Bengals based on head-to-head results (division tiebreak); Colts over Steelers based on head-to-head results
  • Steelers over Bengals based on head-to-head results (divisional tiebreak); Texans over Steelers based on head-to-head results
  • Steelers over Bengals based on head-to-head results
  • Raiders over Broncos based on head-to-head results
  • Titans over Chargers based on head-to-head results

AFC Clinching Scenarios Week 16:

Dolphins clinch playoff berth with: (Clinched)

  • Dolphins win

AFC Elimination Scenarios Week 16

Chargers eliminated from playoffs with: (Eliminated)

  • Chargers loss/tie OR

NFC Playoff Picture (through Week 16)

1 - San Francisco 49ers (11-4, NFC West leader)y
2 - Philadelphia Eagles (11-4, NFC East leader)x
3 - Detroit Lions (11-4, NFC North leader)y
4 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-7, NFC South leader)

5 - Dallas Cowboys (10-5, Wild Card 1 position)x
6 - Los Angeles Rams (8-7, Wild Card 2 position)
7 - Seattle Seahawks (7-7, Wild Card 3 position)

Minnesota Vikings (7-8)
Atlanta Falcons (7-8)
Green Bay Packers (7-8)
New Orleans Saints (7-8)
Chicago Bears (6-9)

Eliminated:
New York Giants (5-10)
Washington Commanders (4-11)
Arizona Cardinals (3-12)
Carolina Panthers (2-13)

x Playoff berth clinched
y Division title clinched

Tiebreaks:

  • 49ers over Eagles and Lions based on NFC winning percentage
  • Eagles over Lions based on strength of victory
  • Rams over Seahawks based on head-to-head results
  • Vikings over Packers based on head-to-head results (divisional tiebreak); Falcons over Saints based on head-to-head results (divisional tiebreak); Vikings over Falcons based on head-to-head results
  • Falcons over Saints based on head-to-head results (divisional tiebreak); Falcons over Packers based on head-to-head results
  • Packers over Saints based on head-to-head results

NFC Clinching Scenarios Week 16

Lions clinch NFC North title with: (Clinched)

  • Lions win/tie

NFC Elimination Scenarios Week 16

Giants eliminated from playoffs with: (Eliminated)

  • Giants loss

Vikings eliminated from NFC North title with: (Eliminated from NFC North title)

  • Vikings loss/tie