Which Teams Are in the NFL Playoffs 2019? Updated AFC, NFC Standings and Bracket after Week 13

The NFL playoff picture changed drastically in Week 13, with the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers relinquishing control of the AFC and the NFC.

The Baltimore Ravens are now in pole position to secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs in the former, while the New Orleans Saints are the current No. 1 seed in the latter and the only team to have already clinched a postseason berth.

Here's what the playoff bracket looks like as the NFL enters December.


Baltimore Ravens (10-2)

Coupled with New England's loss in Houston, Baltimore's win over San Francisco on Sunday put the Ravens in charge of the AFC.

On an eight-game winning run, Baltimore holds the tiebreaker over both the Patriots and the Texans and its remaining schedule is relatively benign.

A trip to Buffalo on Sunday is the hardest assignment, followed by home games against the Jets and Steelers with a trip to Cleveland sandwiched in between.

Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
Kicker Justin Tucker #9 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after hitting the game winning field goal against the San Francisco 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium on December 1 in Baltimore, Maryland. Rob Carr/Getty

New England Patriots (10-2)

It has taken three months, but the Patriots' grip has finally loosened up. Talk of a crisis in New England is overblown, but the reigning Super Bowl champions have issues to address, namely a stuttering offense that has left Tom Brady frustrated.

Starting with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, three of the Patriots' remaining four games are at home and their only trip is to the 1-11 Bengals.

Houston Texans (8-4)

The Texans defeated the Patriots for the first time under Bill O'Brien and took complete control of the AFC South, thanks also to Indianapolis' loss to Tennessee.

FiveThirtyEight's statistical projections give the Texans a 90 percent chance of reaching the playoffs, but Houston is unlikely to force its way in the top two in the AFC as it trails the Patriots and the Ravens by two and three games respectively.

3 TD passes + 1 TD catch.@deshaunwatson’s top plays from SNF. pic.twitter.com/rh98J5upYs

— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) December 2, 2019

Kansas City Chiefs (8-4)

The Chiefs all but secured a fourth consecutive AFC West with a 40-8 thrashing of the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Kansas City could move within one game of the Patriots if it wins in New England on Sunday, which would tighten the AFC race even further.

To overtake Houston, however, Kansas has to hope the Texans—who hold the tiebreaker over them—drop a game.

Buffalo Bills (9-3)

Buffalo's 26-15 win in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day moved the Bills within one game of their best record in two decades and within touching distance of a wildcard spot.

FiveThirtyEight gives them a 95 percent chance of making the playoffs and a win over the next four games should be enough to clinch a postseason berth.

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5)

The Steelers' win over the Cleveland Browns gives them a slight advantage over the 7-5 Tennessee Titans in the race for the second wildcard spot by virtue of a better conference record.

Pittsburgh has won six of its last seven games, but has games against the Bills and the Ravens still to come, which could ultimately prove season-defining.


New Orleans Saints (10-2)

The only team to have secured a playoff spot so far, the Saints were handed the No. 1 seed on Monday night after Seattle knocked San Francisco off the top of the NFC West.

New Orleans holds the tiebreaker over the Seahawks and could hold the advantage over the 49ers if it beats San Francisco at home on Sunday.

New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints players celebrate a defensive play during the second half of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 28 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Saints won 26-18. Carmen Mandato/Getty

Seattle Seahakws (10-2)

Seattle's 37-30 win over Minnesota put it in charge the NFC West and in prime position to secure one of the top two spots in the NFC.

According to FiveThirtyEight, the Seahawks have a 62 percent chance of winning the division, but the schedule could count against them.

They face the Rams in Los Angeles on Sunday and still have the 49ers at home to come in Week 17.

FINAL: The @Seahawks are now in 1st place in the NFC West! #Seahawks #MINvsSEA

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— NFL (@NFL) December 3, 2019

Green Bay Packers (9-3)

Green Bay opened up a one-game lead over Minnesota at the top of the NFC North after the Vikings lost to Seattle. The Packers travel to Minneapolis in Week 16 but would still finish top of the division if they lose that game, as long as they win at home against Washington and Chicago in Week 14 and 15 and then defeat the Lions in Detroit in Week 17.

Dallas Cowboys (6-6)

The Cowboys are on a two-game losing streak and are 0-5 against teams with a record above .500, but the Philadelphia Eagles' ineptitude has left Dallas at the top of the NFC East.

The Rams are the only team on the Cowboys schedule with a winning record, but a trip to Philadelphia in Week 16 could prove crucial for Dallas.

San Francisco 49ers (10-2)

The 49ers have the joint-best record in the league but have fallen to fifth in the NFC, as Seattle holds the tiebreaker.

Provided it matches the Seahawks' record over the next three weeks, San Francisco can erase the advantage with a win in Seattle in Week 17.

A trip to New Orleans on Sunday could go a long way towards determining the 49ers' chances of finish in the top two in the NFC.

Minnesota Vikings (8-4)

Monday's night loss to Seattle dealt a blow to Minnesota's chances of winning the NFC North, with a win over the Packers in Week 16 no longer enough.

The Vikings, however, remain in control of the second wild card spot and have an 82 percent chance of making the playoffs.