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How the NFL playoff picture looks coming out of Week 15

The NFL is wrapping up Week 15, and a few teams are standing out in the playoff picture heading into Week 16.

Running back Derrick Henry #22 of the Tennessee Titans carries the football over strong safety Duron Harmon #26 of the Detroit Lions during the game at Nissan Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Monday update: The Steelers lost a stunner to the Bengals, dropping to 11-3. They slip to the No. 3 seed behind Buffalo and are only a game up on the Browns in the AFC North.

The NFL is in the final stretch with teams clinching playoff berths and quite a few teams officially eliminating themselves from playoff contention. Week 15 is chugging along and things are tightening up in a hurry. The 1 p.m. slate is wrapping up and then we have three games to get underway in the 4:05/4:25 p.m. slot. After that we still have Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football to play.

The NFL is expanding the playoff pool this year, adding a wild card team to each conference to bring the total to 14 teams. The No. 1 seed in each conference will get a first round bye. The opening round will feature the three division winners facing the three wild card winners (2/7, 3/6, 4/5). If significant games are canceled or postponed due to Covid-19, the owners and players agreed to expand the playoff field to 16 teams with four wild card winners.

The Colts held off the Texans to maintain pace with the Titans. Tennessee is just about wrapped up with a win over the Lions and will maintain their lead over Indianapolis thanks to the head-to-head tiebreaker.

The big elimination today was the Patriots, who lost to the Dolphins. It marks the first time since 2008 the Patriots will be home in January.

Here’s a look at what the playoff picture looks like Sunday afternoon as we await the kickoff of Sunday Night Football and Sunday Night Football to close out Week 15. You can read through playoff tiebreakers here.

^=clinched playoff berth
^^=clinched division
^^^=clinched home field


1. Kansas City Chiefs, 13-1^^
2. Buffalo Bills, 11-3^^
3. Pittsburgh Steelers, 11-3^
4. Tennessee Titans, 10-4 (Division record over Colts)

5. Cleveland Browns, 10-4 (H2H vs. Colts)
6. Indianapolis Colts, 10-4
7. Miami Dolphins, 9-5

Outside looking in: Baltimore Ravens (9-5), Las Vegas Raiders (7-7)

Bills 48, Broncos 19
Chiefs 32, Saints 29
Bengals 27, Steelers 17
Titans 46, Lions 25
Browns 20, Giants 6
Colts 27, Texans 20
Dolphins 22, Patriots 12
Ravens 40, Jaguars 14


1. Green Bay Packers, 11-3^^
2. New Orleans Saints, 10-4^ (Conference record over Seahawks)
3. Seattle Seahawks, 10-4^
4. Washington Football Team, 6-8

5. Los Angeles Rams, 9-5 (H2H vs. Bucs)
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 9-5
7. Arizona Cardinals, 8-6

Outside looking in: Chicago Bears (7-7), Minnesota Vikings (6-8), Dallas Cowboys (5-9), New York Giants (5-9), Philadelphia Eagles (4-9-1)

Packers 24, Panthers 16
Chiefs 32, Saints 29
Jets 23, Rams 20
Seahawks 20, Washington 15
Buccaneers 31, Falcons 27
Cardinals 33, Eagles 26
Bears 33, Vikings 27
Titans 46, Lions 25
Cowboys 41, 49ers 33
Browns 20, Giants 6