NFL Playoff Picture 2019: Standings & Matchups Week 16

seahawks chiefs playoffs

Getty The Seahawks and Chiefs will square off on Sunday Night Football with the playoffs in sight.

We are about a week away from the NFL playoff picture being finalized. Until then, teams continue to jockey for seeding in the AFC and NFC standings. Heading into Week 16, five teams have clinched playoff berths leaving seven spots up for grabs.

One of the most interesting races is in the AFC West where the Chiefs and Chargers are fighting for the division. The division winner will likely secure a first-round bye while the second-place team will play on the road on Wild Card weekend.

The Saints and Rams are battling for the No. 1 seed in the NFC. New Orleans would love to use the Superdome to their advantage during the postseason. If the Saints secure the No. 1 seed, they have a chance to play all their playoff games (including the Super Bowl) indoors, which is a plus for the New Orleans offense.

The Patriots are in danger of playing on Wild Card weekend but have a chance to jump back up to be one of the top two seeds. New England will need some help from Houston who controls their own destiny for a first-round bye.

Seattle and Dallas will both look to clinch playoff berths after squandering their Week 15 opportunities. The Seahawks will be no higher than the No. 5 seed since they cannot win the NFC West. The Cowboys would be inside the top four if they can win the NFC East.

Here’s a look at the current NFL playoff standings in the AFC and NFC. We will update this as the early and late games go final. Teams listed in bold would make the playoffs if the postseason started today. Teams in italics have already clinched a playoff berth.


NFC Playoff Standings

TEAM W L T
1. New Orleans Saints 13 2 0
2. L.A. Rams 12 3 0
3. Chicago Bears 11 4 0
4. Dallas Cowboys 9 6 0
5. Seattle Seahawks 9 6 0
6. Minnesota Vikings 8 6 1
7. Philadelphia Eagles 8 7 0
8. Washington Redskins 7 8 0
9. Atlanta Falcons 6 9 0
10. Carolina Panthers 6 9 0
11. Green Bay Packers 6 8 1
11. Tampa Bay Bucs 5 10 0
12. New York Giants 5 10 0
13. Detroit Lions 5 10 0
15. San Francisco 49ers 3 12 0
16. Arizona Cardinals 4 11 0

NFC Playoff Matchups Based on Current Standings

No. 1 New Orleans Saints (Bye)
No. 2 Los Angeles Rams (Bye)
No. 6 Minnesota Vikings vs. No. 3 Chicago Bears
No. 5 Seattle Seahawks vs. No. 4 Dallas Cowboys


AFC Playoff Standings

TEAM W L T
1. Kansas City Chiefs 11 4 0
2. New England Patriots 10 5 0
3. Houston Texans 10 5 0
4. Baltimore Ravens 9 6 0
5. L.A. Chargers 11 4 0
6. Indianapolis Colts 9 6 0
7. Tennessee Titans 9 6 0
8. Pittsburgh Steelers 8 6 1
9. Cleveland Browns 7 7 1
10. Miami Dolphins 7 8 0
11. Denver Broncos 6 8 0
12. Cincinnati Bengals 6 9 0
13. Buffalo Bills 5 10 0
14. Jacksonville Jaguars 5 10 0
15. New York Jets 4 11 0
16. Oakland Raiders 3 11 0

AFC Playoff Matchups Based on Current Standings

No. 1 Kansas City Chiefs (Bye)
No. 2 New England Patriots (Bye)
No. 6 Indianapolis Colts vs. No. 3 Houston Texans
No. 5 L.A. Chargers vs. No. 4 Baltimore Ravens


Who Is in the NFL Playoffs?

TEAM CLINCHED
L.A. Rams NFC West (No lower than No. 4 Seed)
New Orleans Saints NFC’s No. 1 Seed
Chicago Bears NFC North (No lower than No. 4 Seed)
Dallas Cowboys NFC East & NFC No. 4 Seed
New England Patriots AFC East (No lower than No. 4 Seed)
L.A. Chargers Playoff Spot
Kansas City Chiefs Playoff Spot
Seattle Seahawks NFC Wild Card Spot
Houston Texans Playoff Spot