NFL playoff picture after Week 14: Packers wrap up NFC North, overtake Saints for No. 1 seed in conference

Here's how the NFL playoff picture looks after Week 14's Sunday afternoon games. (Note: the postseason field expands to 14 teams this season and could potentially go to 16 if the league's schedule is thrown into disarray down the stretch by COVID-19 disruptions.)


y-1. Green Bay Packers (10-3), NFC North champions: Productive day for the Pack, which snatched a playoff spot, its seventh division crown of the past decade and took over the top seed by virtue of its Week 3 victory in New Orleans.

x-2. New Orleans Saints (10-3), NFC South leaders: Stumbled in Philadelphia, failing to sew up division Sunday while losing inside track for home-field advantage, in what might have been QB Taysom Hill's final start.

3. Los Angeles Rams (9-4), NFC West leaders: Smashed the Patriots on Thursday night, perhaps achieving scant Super Bowl LIII redemption, but definitely maintaining their hold on the division.

4. Washington Football Team (6-7), NFC East leaders: The Giants' loss to Arizona early Sunday opened the door for Washington, which rode two defensive touchdowns to a defeat of the 49ers in Arizona. Big game against Seattle next week for the WFT, which can't afford to fall back into a tie with New York after getting swept by the Giants.

5. Seattle Seahawks (9-4), wild card No. 1: Walkover against Jets keeps them tied with Rams for best record in NFC West, but also in place to face NFC East champ in first round if current standings hold.

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5), wild card No. 2: Emerged victorious from bye week, bolstering their own playoff résumé while sending Vikings off postseason plank.

7. Arizona Cardinals (7-6), wild card No. 3: They're best showing in weeks, combined with Minnesota's loss returns them to wild-card status with home date against Eagles around the corner.

8. Minnesota Vikings (6-7), first team out of field: A flimsy string of wins and a bad day by Dan Bailey might have scuttled their playoff hopes as they drop from No. 7 spot after Sunday's loss at Tampa. Bears also lurking here but lost first matchup with Minnesota.

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Packers wide receiver Davante Adams celebrates after a touchdown against the Lions at Ford Field. (Photo: Raj Mehta, USA TODAY Sports)


y-1. Kansas City Chiefs (12-1), AFC West champions: Division titlists for the fifth consecutive season, their postseason path could be determined by Week 15's visit to New Orleans.

x-2. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-1), AFC North leaders: Miami's loss wrapped up a playoff berth. A win Sunday night at Buffalo would restore Pittsburgh to conference's No. 1 seed, and a Cleveland loss Monday means a division crown for the Steelers.

3. Buffalo Bills (9-3), AFC East leaders: Losses by the Patriots and Dolphins have moved them closer to first divisional championship since 1995.

4. Tennessee Titans (9-4), AFC South leaders: Defeating Jacksonville improved Titans' division record to 4-1, potentially a key tiebreaker given their season split with Colts.

5. Cleveland Browns (9-3), wild card No. 1: Defeating Ravens on Monday would give Dawg Pound first 10-win campaign since 2007, though it wouldn't be quite enough to officially end 18-year playoff drought.  

6. Indianapolis Colts (9-4), wild card No. 2: Good day as they climbed over the Fins in the conference standings, picking up a valuable head-to-head win over the Raiders all while keeping pace with the Titans in the AFC South.

7. Miami Dolphins (8-5), wild card No. 3: Chiefs dealt a blow to their playoff aspirations. Next up: Patriots, a team that struggles to win in South Florida.

8. Baltimore Ravens (7-5), first team out of field: Catastrophic loss by Raiders elevates Baltimore, last year's No. 1 seed, before facing Cleveland on Monday night. However, even if they defeat the Browns, the Ravens don't currently have a good enough conference record to displace Miami.

x — clinched berth

y — clinched division


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