The 2021 NFL playoff picture will become crystal clear on Sunday, January 3rd, but we will have to wait for the Sunday Night Football game to get complete focus on who is in and who is out.
New York Giants 23, Dallas Cowboys 19
The winner of this game will make the playoffs if Philadelphia can beat Washington on SNF.
Halftime update: The Cowboys have 73 total yards and trail the Giants 20-9 at halftime. The Giants are on track to become big fans of the Eagles as they take on Washington tonight.
Final update: The Giants win 23-19 and will get into the playoffs if the Eagles beat Washington tonight and would host Tampa Bay in the playoffs next weekend.
Cleveland Browns 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 22
The Browns still control their playoff future despite losing to the Jets last week. A win against the Steelers would get them in the tournament.
Halftime update: The Browns lead 10-6 on the back of a long Nick Chubb touchdown run. If they can’t hold on, they’ll need an Indianapolis loss or a Baltimore win, an Indianapolis win, a Miami win and a Tennessee loss. They need to win.
Final update: The Browns win 24-22 and make the playoffs. They secure the No. 6 seed and will play the Steelers for a third time next weekend in the Wild Card.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 44 Atlanta Falcons 27
The Buccaneers are in, but need a win to get the No. 5 seed and a game against the NFC East winner.
Halftime update: The Buccaneers are up 23-10 at halftime and so far have looked like the much better team so far.
Final update: Tampa Bay wins 44-27 and have secured the No. 5 seed. They will play the winner of the NFC East in the Wild Card round.
Buffalo Bills 56, Miami Dolphins 26
The Dolphins have several ways to get into the playoffs, but the one they will focus on is winning this game. If they beat the Bills, they’re in the big dance.
Halftime update: Josh Allen is carving up the Dolphins pass defense as his team takes a 28-6 lead into halftime. With no Ryan Fitzpatrick this week, things don’t look for the Dolphins chances to get in the playoffs this year.
Final update: The Bills secure the No. 2 seed with a win while the Dolphins would need Jacksonville to somehow upset the Colts to get in.
Baltimore Ravens 38, Cincinnati Bengals 3
If the Ravens beat the Bengals, they’re in the playoffs.
Halftime update: The Ravens are dominating the Bengals 17-3 as we go into the third quarter. The should be able to finish this game out and get into the playoffs.
Final update: Ravens win 38-3 going away. They clinch a playoff spot and the No. 5 seed in the AFC.
Los Angeles Rams 18, Arizona Cardinals 7
Whoever wins this game is in the playoffs.
Halftime update: The Rams lead 12-7 in the battle of the backups, as Kyler Murray left this game with an ankle injury.
Final update: John Wolford leads his team to the playoffs with the win. The Rams will play the Seahawks in Seattle next weekend. The Cardinals are out.
Indianapolis Colts 28, Jacksonville Jaguars 14
If the Colts win they have a shot at making the playoffs.
Halftime update: Colts are up 20-7 at halftime. With the Dolphins losing earlier, the Colts get into the playoffs with a win.
Final update: The Colts win, but the Titans also won, giving them the AFC South title. The Colts will head to Orchard Park to take on the Bills in the first round,
Tennessee Titans 42, Houston Texans 38
If the Titans beat the Texans, they win the AFC South and a trip to the playoffs.
Sunday update: The Dolphins are getting blown out buy the Bills 49-13 in the fourth quarter. A Dolphins loss gives the Titans a playoff berth, but they still need to beat the Texans to secure the AFC South championship.
Halftime update: Titans are up 17-9. They’re in the playoffs, but with the Colts up 13 at half, they’ll keep playing all out to secure that AFC South title.
Final update: The Titans win on a last second field goal to take the AFC South and the No. 4 seed, which has them hosting the Ravens next week.
Green Bay Packers 35, Chicago Bears 16
The Packers need to win to keep the No. 1 seed and a bye, while the Bears punch their ticket to the playoffs with a win.
Halftime update: Packers are up 21-13. If they hold on, they have the No. 1 seed. If the Bears lose, they’ll need the Rams to beat the Cardinals and the Rams have a five-point lead at halftime.
Final update: The Packers secure the No. 1 seed and a bye while the Bears sneak in after the Cardinals lost to the Rams. Chicago will go to New Orleans for the first round.
New Orleans Saints 33, Carolina Panthers 7
At worst, the Saints clinch the No. 2 seed with a win, which would guarantee being home in the Divisional Round, but they also still have a shot at the No. 1 seed if the Bears can beat the Packers and the Seahawks can beat the 49ers.
Halftime update: Saints are up 16-7. They need the Bears to beat the Packers to get the No. 1 seed. The Packers are up 21-3 at halftime.
Final update: The Saints take the No. 2 seed with the win and will host the Bears next weekend.
Seattle Seahawks 26, San Francisco 49ers 23
The Seahawks have a chance to get to the No. 1 seed with a win, but their chance is the least likely of the three teams vying for the spot.
Halftime update: The Seahawks are up 6-3. They need the Packers and Saints to lose to get the No. 1 seed and both are leading at halftime.
Final update: Seattle wins, but with the Saints and Packers also winning, they don’t move up and will get the No. 3 seed and host the Rams this weekend.
Washington Football Team 20, Philadelphia Eagles 14
If Washington can pull out a win, they win the NFC East and a playoff berth.
Final score: It’s unclear what Philadelphia was doing much of the game, but whether the Eagles were tanking or not, Washington clinched the NFC East title and sent the Giants home for the offseason.