Here’s how the NFL playoff picture looks with Week 17 complete.
y* — 1. New Orleans Saints (13-3): NFC South champions. Clinched home field last week, so Sunday’s loss to Carolina didn’t hurt. Saints to face lowest-seeded NFC survivor coming out of wild-card weekend.
yz — 2. Los Angeles Rams (13-3): NFC West champions. Clinched bye with victory over 49ers. Loss at New Orleans earlier this season cost them top seed. Rams will face highest-seeded NFC team left from wild-card round.
y — 3. Chicago Bears (12-4): NFC North champions. Rams didn’t accommodate late push for bye. Da Bears host Eagles on Sunday.
y — 4. Dallas Cowboys (10-6): NFC East champions. Win against Giants on Sunday had no bearing. ‘Boys host Seahawks Saturday night.
x — 5. Seattle Seahawks (10-6): Wild card No. 1. Headed to Dallas for playoff opener Saturday night.
x — 6. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7): Wild card No. 2. They get to defend crown after all. Birds took care of business in Washington, then benefited from Minnesota’s collapse. Reigning champs open title defense in Chicago.
y* — 1. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4): AFC West champions. They wrapped up division and home-field advantage by throttling Oakland. The question now, can the Chiefs actually win at Arrowhead, where they’ve lost six consecutive postseason games dating to 1995 playoffs? They’ll face lowest-seeded AFC club coming out of wild-card weekend.
yz — 2. New England Patriots (11-5): AFC East champions. Defeat of Jets gives Pats bye, which has so often vaulted them to Super Bowl, for ninth consecutive season. They’ll face highest-seeded AFC team advancing from wild-card weekend.
y — 3. Houston Texans (11-5): AFC South champions. They’ll host division rival Colts on Saturday afternoon in postseason opener.
y — 4. Baltimore Ravens (10-6): AFC North champions. Hung on to beat scrappy Browns and basically eliminated rival Steelers in process. Ravens will host solid Chargers team they beat in Week 16 on Sunday afternoon.
x — 5. Los Angeles Chargers (12-4): Wild card No. 1. Bolts will be traveling to Baltimore for rematch with Ravens next Sunday.
x — 6. Indianapolis Colts (10-6): Wild card No. 2. Winners of nine of their last 10, they get rubber match with Texans on Saturday.
x — clinched playoff berth
y — clinched division
z — clinched first-round bye
* — clinched home-field advantage
SOURCE: USA Today, Nate Davis