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Tracking the complete 2020 NFL playoff picture on Week 17 Sunday

The NFL playoff picture will be finalized later tonight. We’ll keep track of how the playoff picture shapes up throughout the day.

Sunday Night Football result

49ers 26, Seahawks 21: The 49ers made a last second goal line stand to beat the Seahawks and clinch the NFC West. With the win, the 49ers secure the No. 1 seed in the NFC and the accompanying first round bye. The Seahawks drop to the fifth seed and will travel to face the Eagles in the wild card round. The Packers get the second bye, and the Saints clinch the No. 3 seed which means they host the No. 6 seed Vikings.

4:00 p.m. results

Eagles 34, Giants 17: Philadelphia clinched the NFC East with a win in the Meadowlands. If they had lost, Dallas could have claimed the division with their win over Washington, but Philly blew this game open late. The Eagles will host the loser of the 49ers-Seahawks Sunday Night Football contest to close out Week 17.

Titans 35, Texans 14: Houston benched several significant starters, and while A.J. McCarron made an effort, Tennessee took care of business. The Titans clinched the second wild card berth with the win, sending Pittsburgh and Oakland home for the offseason. The Titans will travel to face the New England Patriots next weekend in one of the AFC wild card games.

1:00 p.m. results

Dolphins 27, Patriots 24 + Chiefs 31, Chargers 21: The Chiefs win coupled with the stunning Patriots loss means Kansas City has secured the No. 2 seed and the Patriots are the No. 3 seed. Additionally, the Texans are locked into the No. 4 seed. We now await the second AFC wild card team.

Packers 23, Lions 20, Saints 42, Panthers 10: The Packers clinched a first round bye, and can get the No. 1 seed if the Seahawks beat the 49ers on Sunday Night Football. The Saints are currently the three seed, but would get a first round bye with a Seahawks win.


The NFL wraps up the 2019 regular season on Sunday, and with it we will get the full playoff bracket settled. There are two playoff spots left to be claimed, and nine of the 12 seeding positions will be determined on Sunday.

Heading into Sunday’s games, the Baltimore Ravens (AFC #1), Buffalo Bills (AFC #5), and Minnesota Vikings (NFC #6) are the only teams settled in the playoff picture. They all have nothing to play for and all three are resting quite a few starters in their regular season finale games.

The two playoff berths still up for grabs are the NFC East division champion and the second AFC wild card berth. The Philadelphia Eagles have the edge over the Dallas Cowboys, but need a win or Cowboys loss to secure what will be the fourth seed in the NFC. The Tennessee Titans have the edge over the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders for the spot and effectively need a win or Steelers loss to secure the spot.

We won’t know the complete playoff picture until 49ers-Seahawks wraps Sunday night, but we’ll start to get a few things finalized after the 1pm and 4:25 p.m. games. We’ll be tracking that here. Below are the standings for each conference. Teams locked into a seed are in bold. Teams that could still move around are italicized.

AFC playoff picture

  1. Baltimore Ravens (13-2)
  2. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
  3. New England Patriots (12-4)
  4. Houston Texans (10-5)
  5. Buffalo Bills (10-6)
  6. Tennessee Titans (8-7)

NFC playoff picture

  1. San Francisco 49ers (13-3)
  2. Green Bay Packers (13-3)
  3. New Orleans Saints (13-3)
  4. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)
  5. Seattle Seahawks (11-5)
  6. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)