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NFL playoff standings 2023: Week 17 final picture, update

As the Week 17 games reach final scores, we update the AFC and NFC playoff pictures.

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The NFL’s Week 17 schedule is underway, with a game each on Thursday and Saturday before a full slate of games on Sunday. We are keeping up with all the results, and how they impact the AFC playoff picture and the NFC playoff standings. We will update the standings below as the games go final, keeping up with all of the implications throughout the weekend.

The AFC began the weekend with the Baltimore Ravens as the top seed, with the Miami Dolphins a game back in the second position. Those two teams face off on Sunday, likely deciding which team will be the conference’s top seed when the regular season closes next week. Behind them, the Kansas City Chiefs are in the third position, followed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The AFC wild card teams are the Cleveland Browns, the Buffalo Bills, and the Indianapolis Colts. The Ravens, Dolphins, and Browns have all clinched a spot in the playoffs.

In the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers are in the top spot and can clinch that position this weekend. They are followed by the Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the other three division leader positions. The Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams, and Seattle Seahawks hold the three wild card spots. The 49ers and Lions have both clinched their division titles this year, while the Eagles and Cowboys are both locked into the postseason.

Below you will find the live standings throughout the weekend. We also track the elimination and clinching scenarios for the weekend.


Last update: 11:22 p.m. ET, Sunday - All games complete


AFC playoff picture (through Week 17):

1 - Baltimore Ravens (13-3, AFC North leader)xyz
2 - Miami Dolphins (11-5, AFC East leader)x
3 - Kansas City Chiefs (10-6, AFC West leader)y
4 - Jacksonville Jaguars (9-7, AFC South leader)

5 - Cleveland Browns (11-5, Wild Card 1 position)x
6 - Buffalo Bills (10-6, Wild Card 2 position)
7 - Indianapolis Colts (9-7, Wild Card 3 position)

Houston Texans (9-7)
Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7)

Eliminated:
Denver Broncos (8-8)
Cincinnati Bengals (8-8)
Las Vegas Raiders (7-9)
New York Jets (6-10)
Tennessee Titans (5-11)
Los Angeles Chargers (5-11)
New England Patriots (4-12)

x Playoff berth clinched
y Division title clinched
z Homefield advantage/first-round bye clinched
* Week 17 game complete

Tiebreaks:

  • Jaguars over Colts and Texans based on head-to-head results
  • Colts over Texans based on head-to-head results (divisional tiebreak); Colts over Steelers based on head-to-head results.
  • Texans over Steelers based on head-to-head results
  • Broncos over Bengals based on AFC winning percentage
  • Titans over Chargers based on head-to-head results

AFC Clinching Scenarios Week 17:

Bills clinch playoff berth with: (Cannot clinch)

  • Bills win and Steelers loss/tie and Bengals loss/tie OR
  • Bills win and Steelers loss/tie and Jaguars loss/tie OR
  • Bills win and Steelers loss/tie and Texans loss/tie and Colts loss/tie OR
  • Bills win and Bengals loss/tie and Jaguars loss/tie OR
  • Bills win and Bengals loss/tie and Texans loss/tie and Colts loss/tie OR
  • Bills tie and Steelers loss and Bengals loss and Jaguars loss OR
  • Bills tie and Steelers loss and Bengals loss and Texans loss/tie OR
  • Bills tie and Steelers loss and Bengals loss and Colts loss/tieOR
  • Bills tie and Steelers loss and Jaguars loss and Texans loss/tie OR
  • Bills tie and Steelers loss and Jaguars loss and Colts loss/tie OR
  • Bills tie and Steelers loss and Texans loss and Colts loss OR
  • Bills tie and Bengals loss and Jaguars loss and Texans loss/tie OR
  • Bills tie and Bengals loss and Jaguars loss and Colts loss/tie OR
  • Bills tie and Bengals loss and Texans loss and Colts loss

Browns clinch playoff berth with: (Clinched)

  • Browns win OR
  • Steelers loss/tie OR
  • Bills loss OR
  • Jaguars loss/tie OR
  • Texans loss/tie and Colts loss/tie

Chiefs clinch AFC West title and playoff berth with: (Clinched)

  • Chiefs win OR
  • Raiders loss/tie and Broncos loss/tie

Dolphins clinch AFC East title with: (Cannot clinch)

  • Dolphins win OR
  • Bills loss/tie

Jaguars clinch AFC South title and playoff berth with: (Cannot clinch)

  • Jaguars win and Colts loss and Texans loss

Ravens clinch AFC North title and AFC top seed with: (Clinched)

  • Ravens win

AFC Elimination Scenarios Week 17 (via NFL Playoff Scenarios)

Bengals eliminated from playoffs with: (Eliminated)

  • Bengals loss and Steelers win and Bills win/tie

Bills eliminated from AFC East title with: (Cannot be eliminated from AFC East title)

  • Bills loss/tie OR
  • Dolphins win/tie

Broncos eliminated from playoffs with: (Eliminated)

  • Broncos loss OR
  • Broncos tie and Jaguars win/tie OR
  • Broncos tie and Colts win/tie and Texans win/tie OR
  • Broncos tie and Steelers win/tie OR
  • Broncos tie and Bengals win OR
  • Chiefs win/tie and Bills win/tie and Steelers win OR
  • Chiefs win/tie and Bills win/tie and Texans win and Colts win and Jaguars win/tie OR
  • Chiefs win/tie and Texans win and Colts win and Jaguars loss/tie and Steelers win

Broncos eliminated from AFC West title with: (Eliminated from AFC West title)

  • Broncos loss/tie OR
  • Chiefs win/tie

Browns eliminated from AFC North title with: (Eliminated from AFC North title)

  • Ravens win/tie

Colts eliminated from AFC South title with: (Cannot be eliminated from AFC South title)

  • Colts loss and Jaguars win

Jaguars eliminated from AFC South title with: (Cannot be eliminated from AFC South title)

  • Jaguars loss and Colts win and Texans win/tie OR
  • Jaguars loss and Colts tie and Texans win

Raiders eliminated from playoffs with: (Eliminated)

  • Raiders loss OR
  • Raiders tie and Jaguars win OR
  • Raiders tie and Steelers win OR
  • Raiders tie and Bengals win OR
  • Raiders tie and Jaguars loss and Texans win and Bengals tie OR
  • Raiders tie and Jaguars loss and Texans win and Steelers tie

Raiders eliminated from AFC West title with: (Eliminated)

  • Raiders loss/tie OR
  • Chiefs win/tie

Steelers eliminated from playoffs with: (Cannot be eliminated from playoffs)

  • Steelers loss and Bills win/tie and Colts win and Texans win/tie and Broncos loss/tie OR
  • Steelers loss and Bills win/tie and Colts win and Texans win and Jaguars loss and Chiefs win/tie OR
  • Steelers loss and Bills win/tie and Colts win/tie and Jaguars win and Broncos loss/tie

Texans eliminated from playoffs with: (Cannot be eliminated from playoffs)

  • Texans loss and Colts win and Jaguars win and Bills win/tie OR
  • Texans loss and Colts win and Jagaurs win and Bengals win and Steelers loss/tie and Broncos loss/tie

Texans eliminated from AFC South title with: (Cannot be eliminated from AFC South title)

  • Texans loss and Colts win OR
  • Texans loss and Jaguars win

NFC Playoff Picture (through Week 17)

1 - San Francisco 49ers (12-4, NFC West leader)xyz
2 - Dallas Cowboys (11-5, NFC East leader)x
3 - Detroit Lions (11-5, NFC North leader)y
4 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-8, NFC South leader)

5 - Philadelphia Eagles (11-5, Wild Card 1 position)x
6 - Los Angeles Rams (9-7, Wild Card 2 position)x
7 - Green Bay Packers (8-8, Wild Card 3 position)

Seattle Seahawks (8-8)
New Orleans Saints (8-8)
Minnesota Vikings (7-9)
Atlanta Falcons (7-9)*

Eliminated:
Chicago Bears (7-9)*
New York Giants (5-11)
Washington Commanders (4-12)
Arizona Cardinals (4-12)
Carolina Panthers (2-14)

x Playoff berth clinched
y Division title clinched

*Note: The Bears are ahead of the Falcons in the standings, but the Falcons have not been eliminated from the NFC South division title, keeping them above the “Eliminated” group.

Tiebreaks:

  • Cowboys over Eagles based on NFC winning percentage (divisional tiebreak); Cowboys over Lions based on head-to-head results
  • Buccaneers over Saints based on common games winning percentage
  • Packers over Seahawks based on strength of victory; Packers over Saints based on NFC winning percentage
  • Seahawks over Saints based on NFC winning percentage
  • Vikings over Bears based on common games winning percentage (divisional tiebreak); Vikings over Falcons based on head-to-head results
  • Bears over Falcons based on head-to-head results
  • Commanders over Cardinals based on head-to-head results

NFC Clinching Scenarios Week 17

49ers clinch NFC top seed with: (Clinched)

  • 49ers win and Lions loss and Eagles loss

Buccaneers clinch NFC South title and playoff berth with: (Cannot clinch NFC South title)

  • Buccaneers win OR
  • Buccaneers tie and Falcons loss

Eagles clinch NFC East title with: (Cannot clinch NFC East title)

  • Eagles win and Cowboys loss/tie OR
  • Eagles tie and Cowboys loss

Rams clinch playoff berth with: (Clinched)

  • Rams win and Seahawks loss OR
  • Rams win and Packers-Vikings tie

Seahawks clinch playoff berth with: (Cannot clinch)

  • Seahawks win and Packers-Vikings tie

NFC Elimination Scenarios Week 17 (via NFL Playoff Scenarios)

Bears eliminated from playoffs with: (Eliminated from playoffs)

  • Bears loss/tie OR
  • Seahawks win/tie and Rams win/tie OR
  • Seahawks win/tie and Packers win OR
  • Seahawks win/tie and Vikings win OR
  • Rams win/tie and Packers win OR
  • Rams win/tie and Vikings win

Cowboys eliminated from NFC East title with: (Cannot be eliminated from NFC East title)

  • Cowboys loss/tie and Eagles win OR
  • Cowboys loss and Eagles tie

Falcons eliminated from playoffs with: (Cannot be eliminated from playoffs)

  • Falcons loss and Buccaneers win/tie OR
  • Falcons tie and Buccaneers win and Rams tie and Seahawks win/tie OR
  • Falcons tie and Buccaneers win and Rams win and Seahawks tie OR
  • Buccaneers win and Rams win and Seahawks win

Falcons eliminated from NFC South title with: (Cannot be eliminated from NFC South title)

  • Seahawks loss and Buccaneers tie OR
  • Buccaneers win

Packers eliminated from playoffs with: (Cannot be eliminated from playoffs)

  • Packers loss and Seahawks win/tie OR
  • Packers loss and Rams win/tie OR
  • Packers loss and Buccaneers tie and Falcons win OR
  • Packers tie and Seahawks win and Rams win

Saints eliminated from playoffs with: (Cannot be eliminated from playoffs)

  • Saints loss OR
  • Saints tie and Seahawks win/tie and Rams win/tie

Saints eliminated from NFC South title with: (Cannot be eliminated from NFC South title)

  • Saints loss/tie

Vikings eliminated from playoffs with: (Cannot be eliminated from playoffs)

  • Vikings loss and Seahawks win/tie and Rams win/tie OR
  • Vikings loss and Seahawks win/tie and Buccaneers tie and Falcons win OR
  • Vikings loss and Rams win/tie and Buccaneers tie and Falcons tie OR
  • Vikings tie and Seahawks win and Rams win