Jan 5, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; General view of the NFL Wild Card logo on the field before a game between the Houston Texans and Cincinnati Bengals during the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Playoffs 2013: Postseason picture becomes clearer


The NFL playoff picture got a lot clearer this week, especially in the AFC where every division has been clinched ahead of Week 17. In the NFC, no team has clinched though the Chicago Bears have a chance to clinch the NFC North with a win on Sunday Night Football.

The playoff picture is so clear in the AFC that the only spot up for grabs is the final Wild Card spot. The Kansas City Chiefs have clinched the fifth seed and first Wild Card spot.

In the NFC, three teams have clinched playoff berths heading into Week 17. No team has clinched the division, though the Bears could with a win over the Eagles on Sunday Night Football.

There are also three ten-win teams competing for Wild Card berths. Which is incredible considering heading into SNF, two division leaders have 8-6 records. The NFC West has three teams with over 10 wins each.

Playoff standings from ESPN.com:

National Football Conference
CONF RK NFC W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV REASON
1 x - Seattle 12 3 0 .800 3-2-0 9-2-0 .489 .441 NFC West Champ
2 x - Carolina 11 4 0 .733 4-1-0 8-3-0 .509 .463 NFC South Champ
3 Philadelphia 8 6 0 .571 3-2-0 7-3-0 .448 .371 NFC East Champ
Wins tie break over Chicago based on best win percentage in conference games.
4 Chicago 8 6 0 .571 2-3-0 4-6-0 .443 .454 NFC North Champ
5 San Francisco 10 4 0 .714 4-1-0 7-3-0 .502 .417
6 x - New Orleans 10 5 0 .667 4-1-0 8-3-0 .548 .500 Wins tie break over Arizona based on head-to-head win percentage.
7 Arizona 10 5 0 .667 2-3-0 6-5-0 .514 .450
8 Dallas 8 7 0 .533 5-0-0 7-4-0 .471 .349
9 Green Bay 7 7 1 .500 2-2-1 5-5-1 .445 .370
10 Detroit 7 8 0 .467 4-1-0 6-5-0 .464 .417 Wins tie break over St. Louis based on best win percentage in conference games.
11 St. Louis 7 8 0 .467 1-4-0 4-7-0 .538 .462
American Football Conference
CONF RK AFC W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV REASON
1 z - Denver 12 3 0 .800 4-1-0 8-3-0 .482 .441 AFC West Champ
2 z - New England 11 4 0 .733 3-2-0 8-3-0 .480 .436 AFC East Champ
3 z - Cincinnati 10 5 0 .667 2-3-0 7-4-0 .473 .477 AFC North Champ
Wins tie break over Indianapolis based on head-to-head win percentage.
4 z - Indianapolis 10 5 0 .667 5-0-0 8-3-0 .500 .463 AFC South Champ
5 x - Kansas City 11 4 0 .733 2-3-0 7-4-0 .433 .335
6 Miami 8 7 0 .533 2-3-0 7-4-0 .520 .508 Wins tie break over San Diego and Baltimore based on best win percentage in conference games.
7 Baltimore 8 7 0 .533 3-2-0 6-5-0 .464 .408 Wins tie break over San Diego based on best win percentage in conference games.
8 San Diego 8 7 0 .533 3-2-0 5-6-0 .482 .529
9 NY Jets 7 8 0 .467 2-3-0 4-7-0 .489 .413
  • z - Clinched Division
  • y - Clinched Wild Card
  • x - Clinched Playoff Berth
  • * - Clinched Division and Home Field

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