The New Year is upon us and the NFL playoff picture is fast coming into focus. Seven teams have clinched a playoff berth and up to six more can punch their ticket on Sunday of Week 17. The 2024 NFL playoff bracket will not be finalized until Week 18 comes to a close next week, but we can get a lot more clarity by the close of Week 17.
The week opened with the Browns clinching a playoff berth on Thursday Night Football. They beat the Jets to clinch their first playoff berth since 2020 and only their second in 21 years.
The NFL had a single game on Saturday, with the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast moved up due to Monday being New Year’s Day and college football getting the spotlight. The Cowboys won a wild one over the Lions after Detroit had a successful two-point conversion in the closing seconds called back on a controversial ineligible receiver penalty. The Lions were going for the win rather than the tie and overtime, but came up short. If the 49ers beat the Commanders on Sunday, Detroit is eliminated from No. 1 seed contention.
The Sunday slate could see both conferences lock in the No. 4 seed. If the Bucs beat the Saints, they’ll clinch the NFC South title. Their current record prevents them from moving up, and clinching a division title also prevents them from moving down in the standings. In the AFC, the Jaguars can clinch the AFC South title with a win and losses by the Colts and Texans. If all that happens and the Chiefs beat the Bengals, the Jaguars would be locked into the No. 4 seed.
1 p.m. window results: The 49ers and Ravens each clinched the No. 1 seed in their respective conferences. Baltimore did it with a thumping of Miami. The 49ers did it with a win, the Lions' loss on Saturday, and the Cardinals' stunning upset of the Eagles on Sunday. The AFC and NFC South divisions could have been decided, but both will go into Week 18.
4 p.m. window results: The Steelers beat the Seahawks. Pittsburgh remains outside looking in on the AFC wild-card picture while the Seahawks remain in seventh place with the final NFC wild-card berth. The Chiefs won to clinch the AFC West title and are locked into the No. 3 seed. The Browns are locked into the No. 4 seed and will face the AFC South winner.
Below is a look at the updated playoff bracket as Week 17 moves along. We’ll be updating this all day Sunday.
NFC playoff bracket — updated Dec 31, 11:45 p.m.
#1 San Francisco 49ers (12-4) — BYE
AFC playoff bracket
#1 Baltimore Ravens (13-3) — BYE