NFL Playoff Standings, Likely Matchups After Sunday in Week 15

The NFL playoff picture for 2020 became a little clearer after Sunday's games with some wacky games, but one thing seems almost definite: the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers are the best teams in football. And they're led by the two best players in the league.

The Chiefs rolled into New Orleans and beat the Saints on Sunday while the Packers held off the Carolina Panthers on Saturday. Now, Kansas City (13-1) and Green Bay (11-3) lead their conferences with two games remaining in regular season.

The Cleveland Browns won their 10th game of the season on Sunday night, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kept their playoff hopes intact with a comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks held off a pesky Washington squad. The Dallas Cowboys, at 5-9 now, are still in contention for a playoff spot and the New England Patriots have been knocked from the playoffs for the first time since the 2008 season.

San Francisco, which won the NFC last season before losing in the Super Bowl, got eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday.

Then there are the New York Jets, who could cruise and lose their final three games and then choose quarterback Trevor Lawrence as the No. 1 overall pick next spring. The Jets may have messed that up by winning, 23-20, on Sunday against the Rams in Los Angeles. So, for now, the Jacksonville Jaguars would have the No. 1 overall pick. They, too, need a quarterback.

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

AFC Playoff Standings
No. 1 Kansas City (13-1)
No. 2 Pittsburgh (11-2) — Monday night at Cincinnati
No. 3 Buffalo (11-3)
No. 4 Tennessee (10-4)
No. 5 Cleveland (10-4)
No. 6 Indianapolis (10-4)
No. 7 Miami (9-5)

Outside looking in
No. 8 Baltimore (9-5)
No. 9 Las Vegas (7-7)
Eliminated: New England (6-8), Denver (5-9), LA Chargers (5-9), Houston (4-10), Cincinnati (2-10-1), Jacksonville (1-13), NY Jets (1-13)

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


Dallas Cowboys
Wide receiver Amari Cooper #19 of the Dallas Cowboys is pursued by defensive back Tarvarius Moore #33 of the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

NFC Playoff Standings
No. 1 Green Bay (11-3)
No. 2 New Orleans (10-4)
No. 3 Seattle (10-4)
No. 4 Washington (6-8)
No. 5 Los Angeles Rams (9-5)
No. 6 Tampa Bay (9-5)
No. 7 Arizona (8-6)

Outside looking in
No. 8 Chicago (7-7)
No. 9 Minnesota (6-8)

Eliminated: Detroit (5-9), San Francisco (5-9), Atlanta (4-10), Carolina (4-10)

NFC East teams still in contention for division title (no other playoff possible for teams in this division)
Dallas (5-9)
NY Giants (5-9)
Philadelphia (4-9-1)

NFC Wild Card Round (top seed gets home game)

No. 1 Green Bay, bye
No. 2 New Orleans vs. Arizona
No. 3 Seattle vs. Tampa Bay
No. 4 Washington vs. LA Rams

The NFL season still has two more weeks of regular season, and then the subsequent playoffs. The Super Bowl is scheduled to be played in Tampa, Florida, in February.