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How the NFL playoff picture looks coming out of Week 17

The NFL is wrapping up Week 17, and a few teams are standing out in the playoff picture heading into Week 18.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) celebrates with quarterback Dak Prescott (4) after catching a pass for a touchdown during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions on December 30, 2023 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The NFL heads into 2024 on Monday, but in the meantime, Week 17 closes out the calendar year. The week got underway on Thursday with the Browns beating the Jets to punch their postseason ticket. They became the seventh team to secure a playoff berth.

The week continued with a single game on Saturday as the Cowboys beat the Lions. It came on a controversial call that cost Detroit a game-winning two-point conversion as Dallas won 20-19. The Lions had already clinched the NFC North, but the 49ers win over the Commanders eliminated Detroit from No. 1 seed contention. On the other side, Dallas remains firmly alive in the NFC East race with the win.

The 49ers got a huge boost to go along with their win. The Cardinals stunned the Eagles with a touchdown with 32 seconds left and with that the 49ers clinched the No. 1 seed. The Cowboys have moved into first place thanks to the conference record tiebreaker.

In the AFC, the Jaguars, Texans, and Colts all won in the 1 p.m. window. They all remain tied and the AFC South title will come down to Jaguars-Titans and Texans-Colts in Week 18. The Ravens crushed the Dolphins, which allowed them to clinch the AFC North and secure home field throughout the AFC playoffs.

4 p.m. window results: The Chiefs beat the Bengals to clinch the AFC West title. The Bengals, Raiders, and Broncos have all been eliminated to slim the AFC wild card picture down to four teams.

The NFL closes out the 2023-24 regular season schedule next week with two games on Saturday and the rest of the slate on Sunday. The matchups are known, but the dates and times will be announced later tonight during Packers-Vikings Sunday Night Football. The rest of the field will be settled with Bills-Dolphins likely airing on the season finale of Sunday Night Football to determine the AFC East.

Here’s a look at what the playoff picture looks like as the NFL works its way through Week 17.

Sunday night update: The Green Bay Packers defeated the Minnesota Vikings on SNF, which boosted the Packers’ playoff chances as they now control their destiny in a Week 18 showdown with the Chicago Bears.

AFC playoff picture

1. Baltimore Ravens, 13-3 — clinched AFC North and No. 1 seed
2. Miami Dolphins, 11-5 — clinched playoff berth
3. Kansas City Chiefs, 10-6 — clinched AFC West
4. Jacksonville Jaguars, 9-7

5. Cleveland Browns, 11-5 — clinched playoff berth
6. Buffalo Bills, 10-6
7. Indianapolis Colts, 9-7

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

NFC playoff picture

1. San Francisco 49ers, 12-4 — clinched NFC West and No. 1 seed
2. Dallas Cowboys, 11-5 — clinched playoff berth
3. Detroit Lions, 11-5 — clinched NFC North
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8-8

5. Philadelphia Eagles, 11-5 — clinched playoff berth
6. Los Angeles Rams, 9-7 — clinched playoff berth
7. Green Bay Packers, 8-8

8. Seattle Seahawks, 8-8
9. New Orleans Saints, 8-8
10. Minnesota Vikings, 7-9
11. Chicago Bears, 7-9
12. Atlanta Falcons, 7-9
13. New York Giants, 5-11 — eliminated
14. Washington Commanders, 4-12 — eliminated
15. Arizona Cardinals, 4-12 — eliminated
16. Carolina Panthers, 2-14 — eliminated