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Ravens climbing in Week 13, Seahawks with huge opportunity on Monday

The NFL is moving along through Week 13 of the 2019 regular season. We’ve got the latest look at the playoff picture heading into a big NFC matchup on Monday Night Football.

Marshal Yanda, Patrick Mekari, Bradley Bozeman and Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens line up against the San Francisco 49ers defense in the second half at M&T Bank Stadium on December 01, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The NFL closed out Thanksgiving weekend of the 2019 season, and we get to wrap up Week 13 with a fun NFC matchup on Monday Night Football. The 9-2 Seahawks host the 8-3 Vikings with plenty on the line. They are the top two wild card teams, with the Rams sitting a game and a half back of the Vikings. If Seattle wins, they would move into first place in the NFC West and hold the tiebreaker edge over the 49ers. That means if they win, they become the No. 1 seed for the time being while the 49ers drop to the No. 5 seed.

The big winner on Sunday was the Ravens. Their win over the 49ers coupled with the Patriots loss in Houston means Baltimore now holds the No. 1 seed in the AFC. There’s four big weeks of football remaining, but they “control their own destiny” for home field advantage in the AFC.

The big loser on Week 13 Sunday was probably the Browns. They were picking up some momentum, but stumbled in Pittsburgh. Instead of moving into a tie one game back in the wild card, they’re now two back with four games to play and four teams to leapfrog. If the Seahawks win on Monday, I’d say the 49ers qualify as a big loser as well given that they would slip into the fifth seed.

Below is a full rundown of the playoff picture followed by key matchups in Week 13 for each conference.

NFC playoff picture

1. San Francisco 49ers: 10-2 (lost to Ravens 20-17)
2. New Orleans Saints: 10-2 (beat Falcons 26-18)
3. Green Bay Packers: 9-3 (beat Giants 31-13)
4. Dallas Cowboys: 6-6 (lost to Bills 26-15)

5. Seattle Seahawks: 9-2 (vs. Vikings MNF)
6. Minnesota Vikings: 8-3 (@ Seahawks MNF)

In the hunt: Los Angeles Rams (7-5), Chicago Bears (6-6), Philadelphia Eagles (5-7)

Week 14 NFC matchups of note

Cowboys (6-6) @ Bears (6-6)
Washington (3-9) @ Packers (9-3)
Lions (3-8-1) @ Vikings (8-3)
49ers (10-2) @ Saints (10-2)
Seahawks (9-2) @ Rams (7-5)
Giants (2-10) @ Eagles (5-7)

AFC playoff picture

1. Baltimore Ravens: 10-2 (beat 49ers 20-17)
2. New England Patriots: 10-2 (lost to Texans 28-22)
3. Houston Texans: 8-4 (beat Patriots 28-22)
4. Kansas City Chiefs: 8-4 (beat Raiders 40-9)

5. Buffalo Bills: 9-3 (beat Cowboys 26-15)
6. Pittsburgh Steelers: 7-5 (beat Browns 20-13)

In the hunt: Tennessee Titans (7-5), Oakland Raiders (6-6), Indianapolis Colts (6-6), Cleveland Browns (5-7)

Week 14 AFC matchups of note

Ravens (10-2) @ Bills (9-3)
Bengals (1-11) @ Browns (5-7)
Colts (6-6) @ Buccaneers (5-7)
Broncos (4-8) @ Texans (8-4)
Titans (7-5) @ Raiders (6-6)
Chiefs (8-4) @ Patriots (10-2)
Steelers (7-5) @ Cardinals (3-8-1)