2020 NFL Playoffs Bracket: Updated AFC, NFC Standings and Picture After Week 15

With two weeks left in the NFL regular season, eight playoff berths remain up for grabs. The Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers remain top of the AFC and the NFC respectively, while the Buffalo Bills overtook the Pittsburgh Steelers in second place in the AFC standings and the Seattle Seahawks regained third spot in the NFC.

The New England Patriots, meanwhile, became the 11th team to be eliminated from playoff contention and will miss the postseason for the first time since 2008.

Here's what the playoff bracket looks like after 15 weeks of the season.


Kansas City Chiefs (13-1)

With Sunday's 32-29 win in New Orleans over the Saints, the reigning Super Bowl champions have all but guaranteed themselves home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and the AFC's solitary bye. With back-to-back home games against the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Chargers still to come, the Chiefs should finish 15-1 this campaign and the road to the Super Bowl in the AFC will again go through Kansas City.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs signals for a two-point conversion against the New Orleans Saints during the fourth quarter in the game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 20 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Chiefs won 32-29 to improve to 13-1. Chris Graythen/Getty

Buffalo Bills (11-3)

The Bills clinched a first AFC East title since 1995 and moved up to second in the AFC standing after the Pittsburgh Steelers were stunned by the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football. The Bills hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Steelers and have an easier remaining schedule than Pittsburgh, with a trip to New England in Week 16 before a home game against the Miami Dolphins in the regular-season finale.

Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3)

After a blistering 11-0 start to the season, Pittsburgh's season looks in danger of unraveling at the worst possible moment. The Steelers' 27-17 loss in Cincinnati was their third straight and dropped them into the third seed slot in the AFC behind the Bills.

Pittsburgh has the second-hardest remaining schedule in the NFL with a home game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, ahead of a potentially crucial trip to Cleveland in Week 17.

Tennessee Titans (10-4)

Tennessee is all but guaranteed a playoff spot—FiveThirtyEight has its chances at 98 percent—following a 46-25 shellacking of the Detroit Lions on Sunday, but the race for the AFC South remains too close to call.

The Titans lead the division over the Indianapolis Colts only by virtue of a better record against divisional opponents, but they have a harder remaining schedule than their rivals, with back-to-back road games against the Packers and the Houston Texans.

Cleveland Browns (10-4)

The Browns' 24-6 win over the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football ensured their first double-digit wins season since 2007 and put Cleveland on the brink of a first playoff appearance in 18 years.

Following Pittsburgh's defeat in Cincinnati, the Browns can set their sights even higher as they welcome their AFC North rivals in Week 17, a game that could effectively serve as the decider for the divisional title. Before that, however, they must take care of business against the New York Jets in New Jersey on Sunday.

Indianapolis Colts (10-4)

Indianapolis' lucky escape against Houston kept it in the race for the AFC South title and strengthened its gap on a wildcard berth.

The Colts only trail the Titans in the AFC South by virtue of having a worse record against divisional opponents, but have an easier remaining schedule than the Titans—with a trip to Pittsburgh followed by a home game against the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars.

Miami Dolphins (9-5)

Miami's win over New England simultaneously vaulted the Dolphins back in the playoffs picture and eliminated the Patriots from postseason contention. At 9-5, Miami holds the tiebreaker over the Baltimore Ravens by virtue of having a better record against conference opponents, but has a far harder remaining schedule than Baltimore, with back-to-back trips to Las Vegas and Buffalo. FiveThirtyEight gives the Dolphins a 31 percent chance of making the playoffs, while the Ravens' chances stand at 86 percent.


Green Bay Packers (11-3)

The Packers weren't particularly impressive in their 24-16 win over the Carolina Panthers, but coupled with the Saints' defeat against the Chiefs it was enough to open a one-game gap in the race for the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

Crucially, Green Bay holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over New Orleans and FiveThirtyEight gives it a 79 percent chance to secure a first-round bye.

New Orleans Saints (10-4)

Drew Brees' return on Sunday wasn't enough to prevent the Saints from losing a second consecutive game and dropping further behind the Packers in the race for the No. 1 seed in the NFC. New Orleans holds the tiebreaker over the third-placed Seattle Seahawks and has an easier remaining schedule, with a home game against the Minnesota Vikings on Christmas Day followed by a trip to Carolina in Week 17.

Seattle Seahawks (10-4)

Seattle clinched a playoff spot with a 20-15 win over the Washington Football Team on Sunday and returned to the top of the NFC West courtesy of the Los Angeles Rams' shock home loss against the Jets. The Seahawks welcome their divisional rival at Lumen Field on Sunday and would clinch a first NFC West title since 2016 with a win.

Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks
Tight end Jacob Hollister #86 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates with quarterback Russell Wilson #3 after catching a first-half touchdown pass against the Washington Football Team at FedExField on December 20 in Landover, Maryland. Patrick Smith/Getty

Washington Football Team (6-8)

Despite the loss against Seattle, Washington remains top of the NFC East with a one-game margin over the Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. Washington remains the overwhelming favorite to win the division, with FiveThirtyEight giving them a 75 percent chance of securing a first playoff appearance since 2015. Crucially, the Football Team has the second-easiest remaining schedule in the NFL, with a home game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday followed by a trip to Philadelphia in Week 17.

Los Angeles Rams (9-5)

The Rams shot themselves in the foot with a dismal home loss against the 0-13 Jets on Sunday, falling behind the Seahawks in the NFC West and all the way down to fifth in the conference standings. The Rams' remaining games are both on the road against divisional rivals—Seattle in Week 16, Arizona in Week 17—and while they're almost assured a playoff spot—FiveThirtyEight gives them a 98 percent chance to secure a postseason berth—winning the NFC West may prove difficult.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-5)

Tom Brady's fourth career comeback after trailing by at least 17 points at halftime ensured the Bucs improved to 9-5 on Sunday, tightening their grasp on a wildcard berth. Currently the sixth seed in the NFC, Tampa Bay has an easy schedule with a trip to Detroit followed by a home game against Atlanta. The Bucs trail the Saints by just a game in the NFC South, but New Orleans holds the tiebreak after sweeping their divisional rivals this season. Similarly, the Rams have the tiebreaker over the Bucs in the race for the fifth seed.

Arizona Cardinals (8-6)

The Cardinals remained in control of the seventh and last playoff spot in the NFC with a 33-26 win over the Eagles and have a one-game margin over the Chicago Bears, who are currently the first team outside the playoff picture. Arizona finishes the season against two NFC West rivals, with a home game against the San Francisco 49ers followed by a trip to Los Angeles to play the Rams and will secure a postseason berth for the first time since 2015 if it wins out.