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What Cleveland’s win over Jacksonville in Week 14 means for NFL playoff picture in AFC

The Browns held off the Jaguars on Sunday. We break down what it means for the AFC playoff picture.

Jacksonville Jaguars v Cleveland Browns Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns (8-5) were able to hold off the Jacksonville Jaguars (8-5) in their Week 14 matchup this afternoon, picking up a 31-27 victory at home. The defense was able to pick off Trevor Lawrence three times in the showdown while David Njoku came up huge with six receptions for 91 yards and two touchdowns.

The result of this game didn’t change anything for either team in the AFC playoff race. Despite losing two straight games, the Jaguars are still in first place in the AFC South and were able to maintain that spot with both the Texans and Colts losing this afternoon. Meanwhile, Cleveland stayed put as the top Wild Card team in the AFC with the win. It could not gain ground on Baltimore in the AFC North race with the Ravens pulling out an overtime victory this afternoon.

As far as seeding goes, we would actually see this matchup in the Wild Card round if the season ended today. The Jaguars are currently the No. 4 seed in AFC while the Browns are the No. 5 seed.

Things won’t get any easier for Jacksonville next week in Week 15 as it will host Baltimore for Sunday Night Football. Meanwhile, Cleveland will host Chicago next Sunday.