Week 13 of the NFL season brought about some clarity to the playoff picture in the AFC. Last week, six teams were tied with a 5-6 record for the final Wild Card spot. After the weekend, just two teams are tied with a 6-6 record that is good enough to get the final Wild Card spot.
The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving Day to move into the driver’s seat for the final Wild Card Spot. The Miami Dolphins have the same 6-6 record as the Ravens, but Baltimore gets the nod in the tie breaker on head-to-head win percentage.
The first Wild Card spot and fifth seed overall goes to the Kansas City Chiefs, who currently sit behind the Broncos in the AFC West division.
Here is a look at the current AFC standings, via ESPN.com:
|American Football Conference|
|1||Denver||10||2||0||.833||4-0-0||6-2-0||.521||.483||AFC West Champ|
|2||New England||9||3||0||.750||3-1-0||6-2-0||.483||.439||AFC East Champ|
|3||Indianapolis||8||4||0||.667||4-0-0||6-2-0||.490||.495||AFC South Champ |
Wins tie break over Cincinnati based on best win percentage in conference games.
|4||Cincinnati||8||4||0||.667||2-2-0||6-3-0||.462||.464||AFC North Champ|
|6||Baltimore||6||6||0||.500||3-2-0||6-4-0||.448||.417||Wins tie break over Miami based on head-to-head win percentage.|
|8||Tennessee||5||7||0||.417||0-4-0||4-5-0||.503||.400||Wins tie break over NY Jets, Pittsburgh and San Diego based on head-to-head sweep.|
|9||Pittsburgh||5||7||0||.417||2-2-0||4-5-0||.469||.433||Wins tie break over NY Jets and San Diego based on best win percentage in conference games.|
|10||San Diego||5||7||0||.417||1-2-0||3-6-0||.503||.567||Wins tie break over NY Jets based on best win percentage in conference games.|