NFL Playoff Standings, Likely Matchups After Sunday in Week 13

There's nothing crazy about late-season zaniness in the NFL, particularly when it comes to the league's playoff standings. Some of Sunday's games, on the other hand, proved otherwise.

The Chicago Bears blew a 10-point lead and lost to the Detroit Lions by four points, and the Minnesota Vikings needed overtime to beat the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars. The Vikings are now 6-6 while the Bears and Lions are both 5-7. The Vikings would be the last team to make the NFC playoffs at the No. 7 seed. Meanwhile, teams have four game remaining in regular season, which means all teams in the NFC North have a shot of making the playoffs—even the Green Bay Packers, which are 9-3 but still haven't clinched a playoff spot yet.

The Seattle Seahawks lost their spot as a division leader after their loss to the New York Giants on Sunday. The Los Angeles Rams (8-4) took over the NFC West's top spot with their win, and the Rams hold a head-to-head advantage over the Seahawks.

Most divisions in the NFL playoff races tightened up on Sunday, and there are still four games remaining after Kansas City's 22-16 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday night.

Kansas City Chiefs 2020 NFL Playoffs
Tyrann Mathieu #32 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after an interception in the final minutes of a game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon, with their 21-16 win over Atlanta, became the first team to clinch a playoff spot. The Chiefs became the second on Sunday night. The Pittsburgh Steelers can clinch a spot with a win Monday night.

Here are the NFL Playoff teams, records and seedings after Sunday night;

AFC Standings
No. 1 Pittsburgh (11-0) [vs. Washington on Monday night]
No. 2 Kansas City (10-1)
No. 3 Buffalo (8-3) [at San Francisco on Monday night]
No. 4 Tennessee (8-4)
No. 5 Cleveland (9-3)
No. 6 Miami (8-4)
No. 7 Indianapolis (8-4)

Outside looking in
No. 8 Las Vegas Raiders (7-5)
No. 9 Baltimore (6-5) [vs Dallas on Tuesday night]
No. 10 New England (6-6)

AFC Wild Card Round (top seed gets home game)
No. 1 Pittsburgh, bye
No. 2 Kansas City vs. Indianapolis
No. 3 Buffalo vs. Miami
No. 4 Tennessee vs. Cleveland


NFC Standings
No. 1 New Orleans (10-2)
No. 2 Green Bay Packers (9-3)
No. 3 Los Angeles Rams (8-4)
No. 4 New York Giants (5-7)
No. 5 Seattle (8-4)
No. 6 Tampa Bay (7-5)
No. 7 Minnesota (6-6)

Outside looking in
No. 8 Arizona (6-6)
No. 9 San Francisco (5-6)
No. 10 Chicago (5-7)
No. 11 Detroit (5-7)
No. 12 Washington (4-7)

NFC Wild Card Round (top seed gets home game)
No. 1 New Orleans, bye
No. 2 Green Bay vs. Minnesota
No. 3 LA Rams vs. Tampa Bay
No. 4 New York Giants vs. Seattle

The NFL season still has four more weeks of regular season (after the two games on Monday and one on Tuesday), and then the subsequent playoffs. The Super Bowl is scheduled to be played in Tampa, Florida, in February.