NFL Playoff Possibilities For Week 17
One final week is all that separates the 12 teams from heading to the postseason as NFL franchises play the final regular season games of the season on Sunday. While some games are meaningless this weekend, a lot of positioning can still occur on Sunday afternoon.
The AFC already has it's six teams locked up for the playoff field with New England, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Houston, Kansas City, and Miami all moving on to the next phase of the season. The Patriots have already locked up either the #1 or #2 seed in the conference and can secure the top spot with either a win versus Miami or an Oakland loss. Oakland can finish in first with a win and a Pats' loss, and the fifth and sixth seeds are also up in the air depending on if the Dolphins and Chiefs win this weekend.
Things are a little murkier in the NFC as Dallas has locked up the top seed in the conference and New York is confirmed to be the fifth seed. Atlanta, Seattle, and Detroit could all finish with a first round bye, however only the Falcons and Seahawks of the three have officially clinched a spot in the post-season. Washington, Detroit, and Green Bay are all vying for the final two playoff spots in the NFC right now.
The Wild Card rounds in the NFL Playoffs will begin on the weekend of January seventh, while the Patriots will play the following week in the Divisional Round.