The 2023-24 NFL regular season has one month remaining before the 2024 NFL Playoffs field is set. Only two teams have been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, and each conference has a sizable chunk of teams still contending for the final wild-card berths.
In the NFC, five teams are sitting at 6-7 and tied for the final wild-card berth. In the AFC, six teams are sitting at 7-6 and tied for the final two wild-card berths. None of the seeding is close to settled, although we can say with relative certainty that the NFC South champion will be sitting in the No. 4 seed.
Week 15 opened on Thursday with the Raiders thumping the Chargers and putting LA on the verge of official elimination. The week continues with a Saturday tripleheader that features all six teams sitting over .500 and firmly in the playoff race.
The Ravens can clinch a playoff berth in the AFC, while the Cowboys, Eagles, and Lions can all clinch a playoff berth in the NFC. The 49ers clinched a playoff berth last week and can clinch the NFC West title with a win or a Rams loss on Sunday.
Below is a look at the updated playoff bracket as Week 15 gets underway. We’ll be updating this all day Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. We won’t see any seeding finalized for a couple of weeks yet, and it’s a safe bet that most of the bracket won’t be finalized until Week 18.
Saturday 1 p.m. update: The Bengals beat the Vikings, coming back from a 17-3 deficit to win 27-24 in overtime. The Bengals improved 8-6 and moved into sixth place in the AFC. Unless the Steelers and Colts finish in a tie, Cincinnati will drop behind the winner of that game due to tiebreakers. The Vikings remain in sixth place, pending the outcomes of the five 6-7 teams in the NFC wild-card standings.
Saturday 4:30 p.m. update: The Colts beat down the Steelers to leap into the seventh seed of the AFC playoff race.
Saturday 8:15 p.m. update: The Lions crushed the Lions 42-17. Detroit remains in the No. 3 seed but takes a three-game lead on the Vikings for the division lead. Denver drops to 7-7 and is in 11th place in the AFC playoff standings.
Sunday 1 p.m. update: The Bucs won to maintain their hold on first place in the NFC South. The Falcons' loss to the Panthers means the Cowboys clinched a playoff berth before their game against the Bills. The Dolphins thumped the Jets and the Chiefs beat the Patriots to maintain their spots at No. 2 and No. 3 in the bracket.
Sunday 4 p.m. update: The 49ers clinched the NFC West with a win over the Cardinals. The Bills crushed the Cowboys, which drops Dallas out of first in the NFC East pending the Eagles MNF game against the Seahawks.
MNF update: The Seahawks, with backup QB Drew Lock in to replace an ailing Geno Smith, pulled off the upset of the Philadelphia Eagles, which gives the 49ers a larger cushion as they seek the top seed in the NFC and a first-round bye.
NFC playoff bracket — updated Monday, 11:30 p.m.
#1 San Francisco 49ers (11-3) — BYE
AFC playoff bracket
#1 Baltimore Ravens (11-3) — BYE