NFL Playoffs Picture 2019: Seedings and Matchups

There was disruption in professional football Sunday when it came to playoff seedings after the Miami Dolphins went on the road and defeated the New England Patriots, 27-24, and a wild Sunday night game in Seattle.

Here is the schedule for the Wild Card Weekend (All times ET):

Saturday, January 4, 2020
Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans, 4:35 p.m. (ABC/ESPN)
Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots, 8:15 p.m. (CBS)

Sunday, January 5, 2020
Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles, 4:40 p.m. (NBC)

The Divisional Round will be Jan. 11-12, 2020, and teams who had first-round byes will host.

Saturday, January 11, 2020
San Francisco 49ers vs. Lower Remaining Seed, 4:35 p.m. (NBC)
Baltimore Ravens vs. Lower Remaining Seed, 8:15 p.m. (CBS)

Sunday, January 12, 2020
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Higher Remaining Seed, 3:05 p.m. (CBS)
Green Bay Packers vs. Higher Remaining Seed, 6:40 p.m. (FOX)

Conference Championship Games
Sunday, January 19, 2020, TBD

Super Bowl LIV
Sunday, February 2, 2020
Miami, Florida

The Kansas City Chiefs' win over the San Diego Chargers, combined with the Patriots loss, moved the Chiefs into the second seed in the AFC, giving them a first-round bye and hosting a divisional round game. The Patriots now play in the wild card weekend as the No. 3 seed.

The Chiefs and Patriots have identical 12-4 records, but the Chiefs won head-to-head earlier this month to get the second seed.

The playoff picture for the National Football League in 2019 was settled on Sunday during each round of games. The early afternoon games determined home-field and first-round byes for some teams and the late afternoon games determined which AFC team gets the final wild card and who wins the NFC East.

The Green Bay Packers needed a win or a loss by New Orleans to get at least the No. 2 seed in the NFC. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers guided them to a come-from-behind win over Detroit, 23-20, to clinch at least the No. 2 spot. The Packers trailed, 17-3, at halftime. Meanwhile, the Saints tore through the Carolina Panthers with a 42-10 win.

Here's what happened Sunday afternoon?

  • The Tennessee Titans beat the Houston Texans, 35-14, to clinch the final wild card spot in the AFC, eliminating the Steelers and Raiders from contention
  • The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New York Giants, 34-17, to win the NFC East, eliminating the Dallas Cowboys from playoff contention

Sunday night's game between the San Francisco 49ers at the Seattle Seahawks determined the NFC West champion, the overall No. 1 seed in the NFC and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Here is what happened Sunday night:

San Francisco 26, Seattle 21

  • The San Francisco 49ers get the top overall seed, first-round bye and home-field advantage through the playoffs
  • The Seattle Seahawks have the No. 5 seed and will travel for a wild card matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, which won the NFC East

The AFC divisional winners were known before this weekend, and the Baltimore Ravens have already locked up the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Only the New Orleans Saints (NFC South) and the Green Bay Packers had clinched division titles in the NFC before Sunday.

Kansas City Chiefs
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs scrambles up field against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images

AFC (by seeding)

  1. Baltimore Ravens (14-2)
  2. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
  3. New England Patriots (12-4)
  4. Houston Texans (10-6)
  5. Buffalo Bills (10-6)
  6. Tennessee Titans (9-7)

NFC (by seeding)

  1. San Francisco 49ers (13-3)
  2. Green Bay Packers (13-3)
  3. New Orleans Saints (13-3)
  4. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)
  5. Seattle Seahawks (11-5)
  6. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)

NFL Playoff Schedule as of 11:31 p.m. ET (Updated as Dates/Times/Teams are announced)

January 4-5
Baltimore Ravens, Bye
Kansas City Chiefs, Bye
San Francisco 49ers, Bye
Green Bay Packers, Bye

Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots (TBD)
Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans (TBD)
Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints (TBD)
Seattle Seahawks loser at Philadelphia Eagles (TBD)

Sunday Scores

San Francisco 26, Seattle 21
Dallas 47, Washington 16
Philadelphia 34, NY Giants 17
Tennessee 35, Houston 14
Baltimore 28, Pittsburgh 10
Denver 16, Oakland 15
LA Rams 31, Arizona 24
Jacksonville 38, Indianapolis 20
NY Jets 13, Buffalo 6
Cincinnati 33, Cleveland 23
Green Bay 23, Detroit 20
Chicago 21, Minnesota 19
Kansas City 31, LA Chargers 21
Miami 27, New England 24
Atlanta 28, Tampa Bay 22
New Orleans 42, Carolina 10