2021 NFL Playoff photo: updated standings, wild card race, clashes scheduled as Week 16 continues

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The home stretch of the 2021 NFL season has arrived, as Week 16 kicked off Thursday night with a thriller in Nashville. The Titans passed the 49ers 20-17 to move closer to the AFC South crown. The playoff table is really taking shape. And both conferences are teeming with fiery battles for the combined 14 playoff spots. From the crowded competition in the NFC West to the increasingly muddy race in the AFC North, many scenarios are on the table as we venture deeper into December and the holiday season.

Below, find an updated photo of the 2021 NFL Playoffs, with the full playoff standings (with any tiebreakers already factored in), a look at the wild card contenders, and scheduled games for. the opening weekend playoffs for the AFC and NFC:

AFC

  1. Chiefs (10-4)
  2. Titans (10-5)
  3. Patriots (9-5)
  4. Bengals (8-6)
  5. Foals (8-6)
  6. Chargers (8-6)
  7. Invoices (8-6)

On the edge

8. Ravens (8-6)
9. Steelers (7-6-1)
10. Raiders (7-7)
11. Dolphins (7-7)
12. Browns (7-7)
13. Bronco (7-7)

Out of the game

14. Jets (3-11) *
15. Texans (3-11) *
16. Jaguars (2-12) *

Note: * = officially eliminated.

Planned Joker Matchups

  • (No. 1 Chiefs goodbye)
  • No. 7 Bills at No. 2 Titans
  • No. 6 Chargers at No. 3 Patriots
  • Foals n ° 5 against Bengals n ° 4

NFC

  1. Packers (11-3)
  2. Cowboys (10-4)
  3. Buccaneers (10-4)
  4. Cardinals (10-4)
  5. Rams (10-4)
  6. 49ers (8-7)
  7. Vikings (7-7)

On the edge

8. Saints (7-7)
9. Eagles (7-7)
10. Washington (6-8)
11. Falcons (6-8)

Out of the game

12. Seahawks (5-9)
13. Panthers (5-9)
14. Giants (4-10)
15. Bear (4-10) *
16. Lions (2-11-1) *

Note: * = officially eliminated.

Planned Joker Matchups

  • (No. 1 Packers goodbye)
  • No. 7 Vikings at No. 2 Cowboys
  • No. 6 49ers at No. 3 Buccaneers
  • Rams # 5 vs. Cardinals # 4

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