Which Teams Are in the NFL Playoffs? Updated Bracket, Super Bowl Chances for Divisional Round

Eight teams remain in the NFL playoffs after a Wild Card Round that saw the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all break decades-long waits for a postseason win.

The revamped playoff format means the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers—the No. 1 seed in the AFC and NFC respectively—make their postseason debut this weekend after having last weekend off.

Here's all you need to know ahead of the Divisional Round.


Kansas City Chiefs

The No. 1 seed in the AFC and the team with the best overall record in the NFL begins its quest for back-to-back Super Bowl rings on Sunday afternoon when it hosts the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs were the only team in the AFC to enjoy some well-deserved rest last week and arrive into the Divisional Round as the favorite to become the first team to win consecutive Super Bowls since the New England Patriots at XXXVIII and XXXIX.

Kansas City is a 2-1 favorite with William Hill, Draftkings, and FanDuel and FiveThirtyEight's statistical projections give it a 44 percent chance to reach the Super Bowl and a 22 percent chance to win a second ring, the highest of any team left in the playoffs. With a win against the Browns, the Chiefs would become the first team since the 2002-04 Philadelphia Eagles, who were also coached by Andy Reid, to host three consecutive conference championship games.

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo was pushed all the way by the Indianapolis Colts in the Wild Card Round but held its never to secure a 27-24 win, which marked the franchise's first victory in the playoffs in 25 years and set up a Divisional Round showdown against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night.

On the back of a regular season in which he established himself as one of the league's elite quarterbacks, Josh Allen exorcized the demons of last season's playoff meltdown against the Houston Texans with a dominant performance.

It will be intriguing to see how the Bills' free-scoring offense—only the Green Bay Packers put up more points per game than Buffalo's 31.3 during the regular season—matches up against the Ravens' defense, which allowed the second-fewest points in the regular season.

The No. 2 seed in the AFC, the Bills are 13/2 to win the Super Bowl, while FiveThirtyEight gives them a 65 percent chance of reaching the NFL title game and a 19 percent chance to secure a first championship since 1965.

Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills
Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills calls a play against the Indianapolis Colts at Bills Stadium on January 9 in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills defeated the Colts 27-24 to advance to the Divisional Round. Timothy T Ludwig/Getty

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens' 20-13 road win over the Tennessee Titans in the Wild Card Round was their first postseason win since 2014 and the first of Lamar Jackson's career.

The reigning NFL MVP rushed for 136 yards against the Titans—including a 48-yard touchdown scamper—and has now rushed for at least 80 yards in five of the six games he's played since returning from a 10-day absence because of coronavirus on December 9.

By comparison, he had rushed for at least 80 yards just twice in his previous 10 games. Unsurprisingly, his return to form has coincided with six straight wins for Baltimore.

According to FiveThirtyEight, Baltimore's chances of reaching the Super Bowl and winning a first ring since Super Bowl XLVII stand at 16 percent and eight percent respectively.

Cleveland Browns

Like the Bills, the Browns ended a drought for a playoff win that stretched back over two decades with a 48-37 road win against the Pittsburgh Steelers which will live long in Cleveland's lore. A trip to Kansas City to face the Chiefs makes the prospect of Cleveland reaching their first AFC Championship Game since 1989 seem prohibitive, but the Browns have nothing to lose. Cleveland's chances of reaching the Super Bowl stand at six percent, but the Browns season is already a success after securing a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2002 and a first postseason win since 1994.


Green Bay Packers

Like the Chiefs, the Packers enjoyed a weekend off after clinching the No. 1 seed in the NFC and will host the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field on Saturday afternoon. The Packers have won seven of the eight games they've played at home this season, with Aaron Rodgers putting up MVP-worthy figures of 23 touchdown passes, two interceptions for a 72 percent completion rate and a 122.4 passer rating.

Green Bay had the best offense in the NFL in terms of points scored but faces a Rams defense that has allowed a league-low 18.5 points per game and has already neutralized Russell Wilson in the Wild Card Round.

According to FiveThirtyEight, Green Bay's chances of reaching the Super Bowl stand at 38 percent and the Packers have a 21 percent shot of winning a first ring since 2010—both figures the second-highest among the teams left in the playoffs.

New Orleans Saints

The Saints reached the Divisional Round for the third time in the last four seasons on the back of a superb defensive effort against the Chicago Bears, in which New Orleans allowed just nine points and 239 total yards—both the lowest postseason totals in franchise history. Stopping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense on Sunday night will be an altogether different ask, but the Saints have reasons to be optimistic as they arrive into the Divisional Round on the back of a five-game winning streak against their NFC South rivals.

At 6/1, only the Chiefs and Packers have shorter odds than New Orleans to win the playoffs.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs' 31-23 in Washington was their first postseason win since 2002 and Tom Brady's 42nd in the playoffs. The six-time Super Bowl winner has come into form at the perfect time for Tampa Bay, throwing 14 touchdowns and just one interception since the Bucs returned from their Week 13 bye. He also became the oldest player in NFL history to throw a touchdown in a postseason game with his two touchdown passes against Washington. Tampa Bay, however, has lost both its matchups against the Saints this season and at 12 percent its chances of reaching the Super Bowl are the second-lowest of any NFC team.

Tom Brady and Antonio Brown
Tom Brady #12 and wide receiver Antonio Brown #81 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate after connecting for a first half touchdown pass against the Washington Football Team in the NFC Wild Card playoff game at FedExField on January 9 in Landover, Maryland. The Bucs won 31-21. Rob Carr/Getty

Los Angeles Rams

The best defense in the NFL—the Rams allowed the fewest points per game, fewest yards per game and fewest passing yards per game in the NFL during the regular season—came up trumps again on Saturday, as the Rams upset the Seahawks in Seattle to reach the Divisional Round for the second time in three seasons. Stopping Rodgers and the Packers will be no easy task, but the Rams can't be underestimated even if they remain 20-1 longshots to win the Super Bowl.

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