NFL Playoff Bracket: Which Teams Can Make the Postseason in Week 14?

With just four weeks remaining in the NFL regular season the New Orleans Saints are the only team to have clinched a playoff spot so far.

New Orleans secured a third consecutive NFC South title and ensured it will be playing football in January with a 26-18 road win over the Atlanta Falcons on Thanksgiving, improving to 10-2.

The Saints were then handed the No. 1 seed on Monday night after Seattle knocked San Francisco off the top of the NFC West following a 37-30 win over the Vikings.

The No. 1 seed changed in the AFC as well, with the Baltimore Ravens leapfrogging the New England Patriots in top spot.

The Ravens secured an eighth straight win by defeating the 49ers 20-17 at home to improve to 10-2, the same record as the Patriots, who lost 28-22 in Texans.

Baltimore, however, holds the tiebreaker over the reigning Super Bowl champions and both teams could secure a playoff spot this week.

Here's the state of play ahead of Week 14.

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens, Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers
Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens scrambles in front of Nick Bosa #97 of the San Francisco 49ers in the first half at M&T Bank Stadium on December 1 in Baltimore, Maryland. Rob Carr/Getty


No AFC team has clinched a playoff spot yet, but four franchises can do so in Week 14.

The Baltimore Ravens, who currently lead the AFC with a 10-2 record, will secure a playoff berth with a win in Buffalo against the 9-3 Bills.

Should the game end in a tie, the Ravens would still secure a playoff berth as long as Houston and Tennessee fail to win their respective games.

A win over the Bills would also hand Baltimore a second consecutive AFC North title, provided Pittsburgh fails to win on the road against the Cardinals in Arizona.

Buffalo, meanwhile, can secure a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2017 with a win over the Ravens if Oakland fails to beat the Titans at home.

Like Baltimore, New England can clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon in the rematch of last year's AFC Championship Game.

The Patriots slipped to 10-2 after losing 28-22 to the Texans in Houston last week and trail Baltimore in the race to the top spot in the AFC by virtue of losing to the Ravens in Week 9.

The reigning Super Bowl champions can also guarantee themselves a postseason spot if the game with the Chiefs ends in a tie, as long as one of Pittsburgh and Houston loses to Arizona and Denver respectively.

Kansas City, meanwhile, can secure a fourth consecutive AFC West title with a win in Foxborough if Oakland loses to Tennessee.

The Chiefs improved to 8-4 after thrashing the Raiders 40-8 on Sunday but remain fourth in the AFC behind Houston, who is also 8-4 but holds the tiebreaker over the Chiefs after winning in Kansas City in Week 6.


Thanksgiving Day weekend was a good one for New Orleans. The Saints became the first—and so far only—team to secure a playoff spot after defeating the Falcons in Atlanta and took control of the No. 1 seed in the NFC after San Francisco's 20-17 loss in Baltimore.

The 49ers have dropped to No. 5 in the NFC after being leapfrogged at the top of the NFC West by the Seattle Seahawks, but can secure a playoff spot if they win in New Orleans on Sunday and the Los Angeles Rams lose to the Seahawks in the all-NFC West affair on Sunday Night Football.

A win in the latter would also seal a playoff spot for Seattle, who holds the tiebreaker over San Francisco after winning 27-24 in California in Week 10 and will welcome the 49ers to CenturyLink Field on Week 17.

Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks
Rashaad Penny #20 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on December 2 in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Seahawks won, 37-30. Alika Jenner/Getty