December 27, 2013
With 16 weeks down and just one to go in the NFL season, there are still four playoff spots up for grabs, four division titles to be decided and three teams will secure a bye in the first round. With dozens of possible scenarios waiting to play out, nobody knows what will happen. But here’s what you need to know for week 17.
Carolina at Atlanta
The Panthers win the NFC South with a win. They could be the 1, 2, 5 or 6 seed.
Baltimore at Cincinnati
The Bengals have already won the AFC North and will be playing for a chance at the 2 seed and a bye. They could finish as the 2, 3 or 4 seed. Baltimore needs a win and some help to get the final wild card spot.
N.Y. Jets at Miami
The Dolphins need a win and some help to get the AFC’s final wild card spot.
Jacksonville at Indianapolis
The Colts have already locked up the AFC South and are headed to the playoffs. However, a win and a Bengals loss would make the Colts the 3 seed instead of the 4.
Cleveland at Pittsburgh
The Steelers need a win and some help to get the AFC’s final wild card spot.
Green Bay at Chicago
The winner takes the NFC North title and will be the 3 or 4 seed.
Denver at Oakland
The Broncos will clinch home-field advantage in the AFC with a win.
Buffalo at New England
The Patriots will get a first round bye with a win. They could be the 1, 2, 3 or 4 seed in the AFC.
Tampa Bay at New Orleans
The Saints could get a first round bye with a win. They will be the 2, 5 or 6 seed in the NFC.
San Francisco at Arizona
The 49ers are already in the playoffs but need a win for a chance at the NFC West title and home-field advantage in the NFC. The Cardinals can get the final wild card spot in the NFC with a win and some help.
St. Louis at Seattle
The Seahawks need one more win to clinch home-field advantage in the NFC.
Philadelphia at Dallas
The winner takes the NFC East and will be the 3 or 4 seed.
New England 12-4
Kansas City 11-5