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How the NFL playoff picture looks coming out of Week 13

The NFL is wrapping up Week 13, and a few teams are standing out in the playoff picture heading into Week 14.

Nico Collins #12 of the Houston Texans and C.J. Stroud #7 react after a touchdown in the first quarter of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NRG Stadium on November 05, 2023 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

December is upon us and Week 13 has brought the first playoff-clinching scenario. The Eagles can clinch a playoff berth with a win and some help. They host the 49ers in the afternoon national slot in a rematch of last year’s NFC title game.

The Eagles have a hot Cowboys squad on their heels in the NFC East. Dallas held off a tough Seahawks squad on Thursday Night Football to open the week. The Cowboys and Eagles face off on Sunday Night Football in a game that could decide the division for Philly or open the door in a big way for Dallas.

The Week 13 1 p.m. window was not a pretty one on Sunday, but we had some big results. The Texans held off the Broncos to improve to 7-5 and climb into the final Wild Card berth. They have some work to do if they want a crack at the AFC South title, but they are right in the thick of the wild card race. The Colts beat the Titans in overtime and both remain tied behind the Jaguars. The Steelers lost to the Cardinals, which dropped them into a tie with the Texans and Colts.

In the NFC, the Lions held off a Saints comeback effort and added some ground on the bye-week Vikings. The Falcons beat the Jets and that means Atlanta takes a full-game lead on the Saints in the NFC South.

4 p.m. window: The 49ers got the big win of the week, thumping the Eagles on the road. San Francisco moves to a game back of Philadelphia, but they’ve claimed the head-to-head tiebreaker for seeding in January. The Rams beat the Browns to move to .500 and climb into the final playoff spot thanks to their sweep of the Seahawks. The Bucs beat the Panthers, which means Carolina is the first team eliminated from playoff contention.

The NFL will have several huge divisional games in Week 14. The Cowboys host the Eagles on Sunday Night Football, while the 49ers host the Seahawks earlier in the week. Neither division will be clinched next week, but we’ll know if they’re all but finished or if the door is cracked for the second-place teams.

Here’s a look at what the playoff picture looks like as the NFL works its way through Week 13.

AFC playoff picture

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

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

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

NFC playoff picture

1. Philadelphia Eagles, 10-2
2. San Francisco 49ers, 9-3
3. Detroit Lions, 9-3
4. Atlanta Falcons, 6-6

5. Dallas Cowboys, 9-3
6. Minnesota Vikings, 6-6
7. Green Bay Packers, 6-6

8. Los Angeles Rams, 6-6
9. Seattle Seahawks, 6-6
10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 5-7
11. New Orleans Saints, 5-7
12. New York Giants, 4-8
13. Chicago Bears, 4-8
14. Washington Commanders, 4-9
15. Arizona Cardinals, 3-10
16. Carolina Panthers, 1-11 — eliminated