Which Teams Are in the NFL Playoffs 2020? Updated AFC, NFC Standings and Bracket After Week 13

The NFL's last unbeaten record has gone and two teams have already booked a playoff spot in Week 13 of the NFL season.

The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered their first defeat of the season but remain top of the AFC standings, while the Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints secured a playoff berth.

Behind them, the situation remains as fluid as ever, with a number of teams jostling for position.

Here's what the playoff bracket looks like after 13 weeks of the season.


Pittsburgh Steelers (11-1)

The Steelers' bid for an undefeated season went up in smoke following a surprise 23-17 loss at home to the Washington Football Team on Monday, but they retain top spot in the AFC by virtue of having a better record against conference opponents than the Chiefs.

Pittsburgh's remaining schedule, however, is the fifth-hardest in the NFL and includes trips to Buffalo—this coming Sunday—and Indianapolis, as well as home matchups against AFC North rivals Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals.

Kansas City Chiefs (11-1)

The Chiefs clinched a playoff berth for a franchise-record sixth consecutive season by beating the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football. The reigning Super Bowl champions have an easier schedule than the Steelers as they close the season with home games against the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 16 and Week 17. Prior to that, however, the Chiefs face back-to-back trips against the Miami Dolphins and the New Orleans Saints.

Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks to pass during the second quarter of a game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium on December 6 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs won 22-16 to clinch a playoff spot for the sixth consecutive season. Jamie Squire/Getty

Buffalo Bills (9-3)

Buffalo moved a step closer to a first divisional title with a convincing 34-24 road win against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football. The Bills are one game clear of the Tennessee Titans for the No. 3 spot in the AFC but have the NFL's fourth-hardest remaining schedule, beginning with a home game against the Steelers on Sunday Night Football, which could have huge playoff ramifications for both teams. Buffalo's final two games are against AFC East rivals New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins, both of which are still in the hunt for a playoff berth.

Tennessee Titans (8-4)

The Titans are fourth in the AFC standings after losing at home to Cleveland on Sunday and have little margin for error, as they lead the AFC South division only by virtue of a better record against divisional opponents. Tennessee, however, has the fourth-easiest remaining schedule and three of its last four games are against teams with a losing record. FiveThirtyEight's statistical projections give the Titans a 62 percent chance to win the division, while the Indianapolis Colts have a 38 percent chance.

Cleveland Browns (9-3)

Cleveland edged closer to returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2002 with an impressive 41-35 road win over the Titans on Sunday and currently hold the first of three wildcard spots in the AFC and a valuable one-game advantage over the sixth-placed Miami Dolphins. Back-to-back road games in New Jersey against the New York Giants and the New York Jets are sandwiched in between games against AFC North rivals Baltimore—on Monday Night Football—and Pittsburgh in Week 17.

Miami Dolphins (8-4)

Miami improved to 8-4 with a 19-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday and trails Buffalo by one game in the AFC East. The Dolphins hold the second wildcard spot with a one-game advantage over the Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders but have the hardest remaining schedule in the league, with back-to-back home games against Kansas City and the Patriots followed by road games against the Raiders and the Bills.

Indianapolis Colts (8-4)

The Colts' 26-20 over the Houston Texans allowed them to keep pace with the Titans in the AFC South. Both teams are 8-4 but Tennessee holds the tiebreaker by virtue of having a better record against divisional opponents and currently relegates Indianapolis to the last wildcard spot in the AFC. The Colts still have to negotiate road games in Las Vegas and Pittsburgh, but can improve their record against divisional opponents with home games against Houston and Jacksonville.


New Orleans Saints (10-2)

New Orleans has clinched a playoff berth and retains a one-game lead over the Green Bay Packers in the race for the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Except for a home game against the Chiefs in Week 15, the Saints have a relatively easy schedule with road games against Philadelphia and Carolina bookending a home game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Green Bay Packers (9-3)

The Packers improved to 9-3 on Sunday and remain the closest challenger to the Saints for the NFC's solitary bye spot. Green Bay has an easier remaining schedule than New Orleans, with back-to-back home games against Carolina and Tennessee sandwiched in between road trips to NFC North rivals Detroit and Chicago. FiveThirtyEight gives the Packers a 33 percent chance to clinch the No. 1 seed to the Saints' 64, but with Aaron Rodgers playing at MVP levels anything is possible.

Los Angeles Rams (8-4)

The Rams took control of the NFC West with a crucial win against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, improving to 8-4 and holding the tiebreaker over Seattle in the division. The Rams, however, still have to face the Seahawks and the Cardinals in the next four weeks, along with games against the Patriots and the hapless New York Jets.

New York Giants (5-7)

The Giants may be the only division leader with a losing record but look to be coming into form at the right time. The G-Men are 5-7 after winning their last four games and Sunday's 17-12 win in Seattle could prove crucial for their playoffs hopes. The Giants hold the tiebreaker over the Washington Football Team but their remaining schedule is the hardest of any NFC East team, with games against the Cardinals, Browns, Ravens and Dallas Cowboys still to come. The good news is the Giants will be at home for three of those, save for their trip to Baltimore.

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Darnay Holmes #30 of the New York Giants celebrates his interception with teammates against the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter at Lumen Field on December 6 in Seattle, Washington. Abbie Parr/Getty

Seattle Seahawks (8-4)

Seattle's surprising loss against the Giants saw them slip behind the Rams in the NFC West but the Seahawks retain a comfortable buffer in the wildcard race, which they lead by a one-game margin over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The home game against the Rams in Week 16 is Seattle's hardest remaining assignment on a schedule that ranks as the third-easiest in the NFL and includes a home game against the Jets and road matchups against Washington and the 49ers.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5)

The Bucs return from their bye still in control of the second wildcard spot and with a one-game lead over the Minnesota Vikings, who currently hold the final playoff berth in the NFC. The Vikings are the hardest team left on Tampa Bay's schedule, which also includes two games against the Atlanta Falcons and a road trip to Detroit.

Minnesota Vikings (6-6)

After a dismal 1-5 start to the season, the Vikings have forced themselves into the playoff picture with five wins in their last six games. Minnesota's bid for a playoff berth will likely hinge on road games against the Bucs and the Saints in Week 14 and 16, with a home game against Chicago in Week 15 and a trip to Detroit in Week 17 also on the schedule.