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NFL 2021 playoff picture: Updated standings, wild card race, projected matchups ahead of regular season finale

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The home stretch of the 2021 NFL season is here, as Week 17 is in the books following the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 26-14 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Monday night.

The playoff picture, as you know, is really taking shape. And both conferences are chock-full of some feisty battles for the remaining three postseason spots still up for grabs. There are still plenty of scenarios on the table as we venture into the final week of the regular season.

Below, find an updated 2021 NFL playoff picture, featuring complete postseason standings (with tiebreakers already accounted for), a rundown of wild card contenders and projected opening-weekend playoff matchups for both the AFC and NFC:

AFC

  1. Titans (11-5)*
  2. Chiefs (11-5)*
  3. Bengals (10-6)*
  4. Bills (10-6)*
  5. Patriots (10-6)*
  6. Colts (9-7)
  7. Chargers (9-7) 

On the brink

8. Raiders (9-7)

9. Steelers (8-7-1)

11. Ravens (8-8)

Officially eliminated

10. Dolphins (8-8) 

12. Browns (7-8)

13. Broncos (7-9)

14. Texans (4-12)

15. Jets (4-12)

16. Jaguars (2-14)

Note: * = officially clinched playoff berth.

Projected wild card matchups

  • (No. 1 Titans on bye)
  • No. 7 Chargers at No. 2 Chiefs
  • No. 6 Colts at No. 3 Bengals
  • No. 5 Patriots at No. 4 Bills

NFC

  1. Packers (13-3)*
  2. Rams (12-4)*
  3. Buccaneers (12-4)*
  4. Cowboys (11-5)*
  5. Cardinals (11-5)*

  6. 49ers (9-7)
  7. Eagles (9-7)*

On the brink

8. Saints (8-8)

Officially eliminated

9. Vikings (7-9)

10. Falcons (7-9)

11. Washington (6-10)

12. Bears (6-10)

13. Seahawks (6-10)

14. Panthers (5-11)

15. Giants (4-12)

16. Lions (2-12-1)

Note: * = officially clinched playoff berth.

Projected wild card matchups

  • (No. 1 Packers on bye)
  • No. 7 Eagles at No. 2 Rams
  • No. 6 49ers at No. 3 Buccaneers
  • No. 5 Cardinals at No. 4 Cowboys

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