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How the NFL playoff picture looks coming out of Week 12

The NFL is wrapping up Week 12, and a few teams are standing out in the playoff picture heading into Week 13.

San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey #23 celebrates a touchdown during the second quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on November 23, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images

The NFL wraps up November in Week 12 and that includes the always popular Thanksgiving tripleheader. Six weeks remain in the season and the playoff race is heating up. Nothing will be decided heading into Week 13, but Week 12 is providing a little bit of clarity across a variety of division races.

The Thanksgiving slate featured three NFC games among division-mates. The Packers upset the Lions, the Cowboys crushed the Commanders, and the 49ers rolled over the Seahawks. Detroit’s leaves the door ajar for the Vikings and Packers, Dallas needs help from the Eagles, and San Francisco is in position to lock down the NFC West in the next two weeks.

On Friday, the Dolphins beat the Jets with ease and have a chance to take a bigger lead in the division with the Bills traveling to face the Eagles on Sunday. The Jets remain in the wild card mix, but they are going in the wrong direction in a hurry.

On Sunday, the early slate saw all four NFC South teams playing. The Falcons hosted the Saints and held them off in spite of a two-interception performance by Desmond Ridder. Atlanta has the head-to-head tiebreaker to gain the division lead, but these two teams will face off in Week 18. In the AFC North, the Steelers held off Jake Browning and the Bengals to pull to within a game of the Ravens pending their Sunday Night Football game against the Chargers.

4 p.m. window update: The Broncos beat the Browns and the Rams thumped the Cardinals. Denver is part of a four-way tie at 6-5 but trails in the conference record tiebreaker. LA is part of a three-way tie at 5-6, a game back of the final wild card berth. The Chiefs beat the Raiders to move back into the top spot in the conference. The Eagles beat the Bills to close out the 4 p.m. window and maintain their two-game lead for the #1 seed in the NFC.

The NFL will have two huge NFC matchups a week from now. Week 13 will open with the Cowboys hosting the Seahawks in a matchup of a likely wild card team and a potential wild card team. On Sunday, we’ll get a rematch of last year’s NFC title game with the Eagles hosting the 49ers in a battle for top of the conference positioning.

Here’s a look at what the playoff picture looks like as the NFL works its way through Week 12.

AFC playoff picture

1. Baltimore Ravens, 9-3
2. Kansas City Chiefs, 8-3
3. Jacksonville Jaguars, 8-3
4. Miami Dolphins, 8-3

5. Pittsburgh Steelers, 7-4
6. Cleveland Browns, 7-4
7. Indianapolis Colts, 6-5

8. Houston Texans, 6-5
9. Denver Broncos, 6-5
10. Buffalo Bills, 6-6
11. Cincinnati Bengals, 5-6
12. Las Vegas Raiders, 5-7
13. Los Angeles Chargers, 4-7
14. Tennessee Titans, 4-7
15. New York Jets, 4-7
16. New England Patriots, 2-9

NFC playoff picture

1. Philadelphia Eagles, 10-1
2. San Francisco 49ers, 8-3
3. Detroit Lions, 8-3
4. Atlanta Falcons, 5-6

5. Dallas Cowboys, 8-3
6. Seattle Seahawks, 6-5
7. Minnesota Vikings, 6-6

8. Green Bay Packers, 5-6
9. Los Angeles Rams, 5-6
10. New Orleans Saints, 5-6
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4-7
12. New York Giants, 4-8
13. Washington Commanders, 4-8
14. Chicago Bears, 4-8
15. Arizona Cardinals, 2-10
16. Carolina Panthers, 1-10