The NFL is chugging along through Week 14, and we have more teams punching their tickets to the 2020 playoffs. Last week, the New Orleans Saints beat the Atlanta Falcons on Thanksgiving to secure the NFC South division title. This week,
We’ll follow along today and through Monday Night Football with how each result impacts the playoff race — well, the games that can actually impact it. That’s followed by an updated look at the playoff picture in each conference.
Sunday Night Football
Rams 28, Seahawks 12: LA got a huge win to keep their playoff hopes alive. They are one game back of the Vikings for the second wild card spot. Seattle drops into second in the NFC West, which means they drop from the two seed to the five seed for the time being.
4:25 p.m. games
Steelers 23, Cardinals 17: Pittsburgh held off the Cardinals to improve to 8-5 and retain their lead for the AFC wild card. Technically they are still alive in the AFC North race, but being back three games with three to go suggests they probably will not be winning it.
Titans 42, Raiders 21: Tennessee continues to roll and is now tied with the Houston Texans for first place in the AFC South. The Texans hold the divisional tiebreaker, but these two teams play twice in the final three weeks, which will decide the division. The Raiders drop to 6-7 and the Chiefs clinch the AFC West.
Chiefs 23, Patriots 16: Kansas City sent a message in Week 14 with a win in Gillette Stadium. They move to within a game of the Patriots for the second bye week and now have the critical head-to-head tiebreaker. The Patriots remain one game up on the Bills in the AFC East.
1:00 p.m. games
Packers 20, Washington 15: Green Bay improves to 10-3 and potentially into a tie for the No. 2 seed. Green Bay remains a game up on Minnesota but now has their sights set on a first round bye pending the outcome of 49ers-Saints.
Vikings 20, Lions 7: The Vikings got a much-needed win to remain one game back of the Packers and stay ahead of the Rams. If LA wins on Sunday Night Football, they’ll remain one game back of the Vikings.
Broncos 38, Texans 24: Well, this was something. Coming off a huge win over the Patriots, the Texans were thumped at home by Denver. Houston was a long shot to get a first round bye, but this could be a fatal blow to that. Now, Houston has to wait and see if the Titans beat the Raiders to move into a tie at 8-5.
Bucs 38, Colts 35: The Colts blew a huge opportunity and their playoff hopes have suffered a crippling blow. Indianapolis blew a 14-point lead and drop to 6-7 with the loss. They remain two back of the division-leading Texans.
Ravens 24, Bills 17: It wasn’t pretty at times, but the Ravens keep on winning. They improve to 11-2 and will retain the top seed in the AFC regardless of the Patriots result this afternoon. The Bills could drop to two games back of the Patriots if New England beats the Chiefs.
49ers 48, Saints 46: The 49ers won an insane one over the Saints, kicking a field goal as time expired after a wild shootout. With it, the 49ers move back into the No. 1 seed pending the outcome of Seahawks-Rams on Sunday Night Football. New Orleans drops into the three spot behind Green Bay who holds the tiebreaker edge.
AFC playoff picture
1. Baltimore Ravens: 11-2 — Win over Bills 24-17
2. New England Patriots: 10-3 — Lost to Chiefs 23-16
3. Kansas City Chiefs: 9-4 — Win over Patriots 23-1638-24
4. Houston Texans: 8-5 — Lost to Broncos
5. Buffalo Bills: 9-4 — Lost to Ravens 24-17
6. Pittsburgh Steelers: 8-5 — Win over Cardinals 23-17
NFC playoff picture
1. San Francisco 49ers: 11-2 — Win over Saints 48-46
2. Green Bay Packers: 10-3 — Win over Washington 20-15
3. New Orleans Saints: 10-3 — Lost to 49ers 48-46
4. Dallas Cowboys: 6-7 — lost to Bears 31-24
5. Seattle Seahawks: 10-3 — Lost to Rams 28-12
6. Minnesota Vikings: 9-4 — Win over Lions 20-7