The 2020 NFL playoffs have finally arrived and we are breaking down the AFC and NFC seedings. The Baltimore Ravens are the No. 1 seed in the AFC and the Kansas City Chiefs jumped the New England Patriots for the No. 2 seed.
The Patriots will start their postseason push on Wild Card weekend as the No. 3 seed after the Miami Dolphins upset the defending champs in Week 17. The Eagles secured the final spot in the NFC by winning the division and will be the No. 4 seed.
As for the top of the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints were all fighting for the top two seeds in the NFC. The Niners held onto the No. 1 spot by defeating the Seattle Seahawks in the final game of Week 17 while the Packers comeback against the Detroit Lions set them up with the No. 2 seed.
Here is a look at the NFL playoff bracket, seeds and matchups.
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NFL Playoff Bracket 2020: Seeds & Matchups After Week 17
Here is the current NFL playoff bracket. The NFL reseeds the matchups prior to the Divisional Round. This means the top seed in each conference faces the highest remaining seed after the Wild Card matchups, so it is not a traditional bracket format.
The AFC featured a bit of a shake-up when the Chiefs jumped over the Patriots in Week 17. The Ravens were already locked into the No. 1 seed and were able to rest a number of their starters, including quarterback Lamar Jackson, injured running back Mark Ingram and tight end Mark Andrews.
Based on the reseeding, if the Patriots defeat the Titans, they’ll face the Chiefs in a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game. But if Tennessee defeats New England, the Titans would head to Baltimore, as the Ravens draw the lowest remaining seed next round.
The Niners landed the No. 1 seed by about an inch after San Francisco stopped Seattle just short of the goal line on Sunday Night Football during one of the final plays of the game. A Niners loss would have dropped them to the No. 5 seed, but instead, the team will have home-field advantage as long as they are playing in the postseason. The Packers and Saints had identical records to the 49ers, but San Francisco was able to get the top seed by winning multiple tiebreakers.
Seattle will now go on the road to face the Eagles despite Philadelphia have an inferior record. NFL rules stipulate that division winners get the top four seeds. We will also get a rematch of the epic 2018 postseason matchup between the Saints and Vikings.
NFC Playoff Standings
The standings are now officially set following the final Week 17 game on Sunday night.
- 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
NFC Playoff Matchups
Here are the final NFC playoff matchups. The top two seeds get a first-round bye and host a playoff game in the Divisional Round.
No. 6 Minnesota Vikings vs. No. 3 New Orleans Saints
No. 5 Seattle Seahawks vs. No. 4 Philadelphia Eagles
Bye: No. 1 San Francisco 49ers, No. 2 Green Bay Packers
AFC Playoff Standings
The Ravens have clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC. The top two seeds get a first-round bye and host a playoff game in the Divisional Round.
- 1. Baltimore Ravens: 14-2
- 2. Kansas City Chiefs: 12-4
- 3. New England Patriots: 12-4
- 4. Houston Texans: 10-6
- 5. Buffalo Bills: 10-6
- 6. Tennessee Titans: 9-7
AFC Playoff Matchups
Here is a look at the final AFC playoff matchups.
No. 6 Tennessee Titans vs. No. 3 New England Patriots
No. 5 Buffalo Bills vs. No. 4 Houston Texans
Bye: No. 1 Baltimore Ravens & No. 2 Kansas City Chiefs