The NFL playoffs picture heading into Week 17 has the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers in position to clinch home field advantage in the AFC and NFC. The Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals are the current second seeds and heading into the weekend there are still multiple division titles to be decided.
The AFC standings have the Patriots, Broncos, Bengals and Texans as the top four seeds, while the Chiefs and the Jets are in wild card position. The Patriots will get home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win on Sunday, while the Broncos can win the AFC West with a victory. The Jets can clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Bills, while the Texans are in position to win the AFC South over the Colts.
The NFC standings have the Panthers as the top seed with the Cardinals, Packers and Redskins as the other division leaders. The Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks are the wild card teams and all six spots have been clinched. The NFC playoff matchups are not totally set yet, as the games will depend on who wins the NFC North and who ends up in the 5/6 seeds as wild cards.
The Packers and Vikings are playing for the division and depending on how things go, the Redskins can play the Seahawks or Minnesota in the wild card round. Home field advantage is not set in the conference yet, as the Panthers are in position to get it through the NFC playoffs, but they need to win or have the Cardinals lose. The Panthers and Cardinals have the first round byes, but the seeds could change depending on how the games go in Week 17.
The projected matchups as things stand right now have the Patriots, Broncos, Panthers and Cardinals getting first round byes. The matchups are subject to change, but right now the AFC Wild Card round has the NY Jets visiting the Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs visiting the Houston Texans. The NFC matchups have the Seahawks visiting the Packers and the Vikings visiting the Redskins for the wild card round.
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