The NFL playoffs standings have the Carolina Panthers and Cincinnati Bengals as the top seeds in the NFC and AFC heading into Week 14 after the Patriots lost to the Eagles on Sunday. The Panthers remain undefeated at 12-0 this year and they have clinched the NFC South division, while the Bengals are now in position to get the top seed in the AFC with the Patriots losing two in a row.
UPDATE: The Cardinals won over the Vikings on Thursday and have clinched a playoff berth.
The AFC playoff picture heading into Week 14 has the Bengals, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts as division leaders, while the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets are in wild card position. The Panthers are the top seed in the NFC, while the Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins are the other division leaders. The Vikings and Seahawks are currently in wild card position in the conference.
The division standings in the AFC have the Patriots leading the East over the Jets, Bills and Dolphins after losing on Sunday. The Patriots basically have the division locked up at 10-2, but they have lost two straight games and need to rebound heading into the last month of the season. The Jets are back in wild card position after the win over the Giants. The Bengals are in first place in the AFC North, leading the Steelers, Ravens and Browns in the standings.
The Colts lost to the Steelers on Sunday night to drop to 6-6 on the season and they remain in the lead in the AFC South with the Texans also losing. Houston is 6-6 and the teams will play again this season, while the Jaguars and Titans are next in the standings. The Denver Broncos are 10-2 and leading the AFC West, while the Kansas City Chiefs won their sixth straight game and are in ahead of the Raiders and the Chargers.
The NFC East continues to have the Redskins leading for now, as they are set to play the Cowboys on Monday night football. The Eagles are 5-7 along with the Giants, while Dallas comes into Monday at 3-8 on the season. The NFC North division has the Green Bay Packers leading the Minnesota Vikings with both teams at 8-4, while the Bears are 5-7 and the Lions are in fourth at 4-8.
The Panthers clinched the NFC South with the Falcons losing to the Buccaneers and they are leading Tampa, Atlanta and New Orleans with a 12-0 record. The Arizona Cardinals are leading the NFC West division with a 10-2 record over the Seahawks, Rams and 49ers. Teams that remain in contention for the NFC wild card include the Buccaneers, Falcons, Eagles, Giants and Bears, while the AFC has the Steelers, Bills and Texans.