NFL playoffs: How to seed and matchups in the AFC, NFC brackets

As Week 17 comes along, it’s set to be minimal when it comes to sowing the NFL playoffs for the AFC and NFC postseason brackets. But based on our game choices for this week and how they will affect the play-off image, we can project the final brackets and matchups for the post-season.

Since the NFL playoff scenarios are for Week 17, the playoff picture could change significantly as soon as Sunday ends. In the AFC, only two playoff teams are locked in their seeds – the Ravens no. 1 and 5-seeded numbers. Only one NFC team, the 6-seed Vikings, is locked in place.

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However, we doubt that there will be a big change in the playoffs this week despite the many possibilities. Most of the teams competing for higher seeds are strong favorites to win their games in Week 17. That said, we are projecting two changes that include high profile teams down the NFL playoff bracket.

Here’s our latest look at seeds and matchups in the NFL play-offs, followed by a look at the current (and real) playoff picture coming into Week 17.

NFL Grid Image: AFC Views

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Remaining games: vs. Steelers

Baltimore is locked in this seed, which means it will benefit from a first-round pick and the advantage of the home race in all AFC playoffs. As Lamar Jackson and the Ravens needed such an advantage.

  • Seed No. 2: New England Patriots

Remaining toys: against dolphins

New England just needs to beat Miami on Sunday to tighten that seed. Because the Patriots will be motivated to win the first round that comes with this position, we got them to handle the dolphins with relative ease.

  • Seed No. 3: Kansas City Managers

Remaining games: against chargers

We like the leaders to beat the Chargers on Sunday, but we like the Patriots to take care of the dolphins. This scenario would hold Kansas City at No. 3, where it hosted seed No. 6 in the wild card round.

  • Seed No. 4: Houston Texans

Remaining games: against the Titans

The Texans, who won the AFC South title last week, will have either this seed or No. 3, depending on the results of Week 17. Should Kansas City beat Los Angeles (as we expect) before the Houston match against Tennessee kicks off on Sunday, no matter what the Texans do against the Titans. (Although the outcome will matter to Tennessee.)

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  • Seed No. 5: Buffalo Accounts (Insured)

Remaining Games: vs. Jets

Buffalo is locked in that seed, which means it’s likely to head to Houston for a wild-card game against the Texans. Look for accounts to rest their key starters against the Jets while awaiting a post-season run.

  • Seed no. 6: Pittsburgh Steelers

Remaining games: at Ravens

In our picks for Week 17, we have the Steelers hitting the Ravens in part thanks to Baltimore resting on the key secrets. But that result is not enough for Pittsburgh to make the playoffs. Tennessee also needs to lose to Houston. We got the Texans to win this game, and such a composite of results would drive the Steelers back into the postseason.

MORE: All Steelers scenarios

NFL Grid Image: NFC Views

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  • Seed No. 1: The San Francisco 49ers

Remaining Games: The Seahawks

The 49ers have a simple scenario ahead of them. If they beat the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday night, they will win the NFC West and seed that seed. Thanks in part to injuries to the Seahawks, the 49ers like to do just that, forcing NFC play-offs to pass through San Francisco.

  • No. 2 seeds: Green Bay Packers

Remaining Games: The Lions

The Packers are the Lions’ favorites and because they know the Saints can still beat them for Seed No. 2, they’ll play well enough in Detroit to lock up in that position. This will give the Green Bay a first round and a home game in the sectional round against the highest seed remaining.

  • Seed no. 3: Saints of New Orleans

Remaining Games: Panthers

The Saints should have no problem beating the lifeless Panthers on Sunday and giving them the chance to jump to No. 2 or even No. 1. But if the 49ers and Packers get inside, they’ll stick to seed No. 3 and ready to host the Vikings in the wild card round.

  • Seed No. 4: Dallas Cowboys

Remaining games: vs. Redskins

That would be a ridiculous entry into the playoffs, but if our Game 17 predictions come true, the Cowboys will reach the postseason with a .500 record. We have Dallas handling Washington, while New York overthrows Philadelphia – exactly the scenario the Cowboys need to expand their season and land a home game on a wild-card round.

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  • No. 5 seed: Seatah Seahawks

Remaining games: vs. 49ers

This projection is linked to the aforementioned forecast for Sunday’s game in Seattle. The loser will finish second in the NFC West and fall behind on a wild card.

  • No. 6 seed: Minnesota Vikings (peeled off)

Toys remaining: against bears

The Vikings were locked in that seed when they lost to the Packers on Monday night, making Week 17’s game against the Bears meaningful.

Current NFL playoff picture

Back to reality. Here is the picture of the NFL playoffs in Week 17.

AFC

Seed
Club
Record
He was injured
1.
Baltimore Ravens
13-2
No. 1 seed. division; play-off
2.
New England Patriots
12-3
Division; play-off
3.
Managers of Kansas City
11-4
Division; play-off
4.
Houston Texas
10-5
Division; play-off
5.
Buffalo Bills
10-5
No. 5 seeds. play-off
6.
Tennessee Titans
8-7

In the hunt: Steelers (8-7), Raiders (6-8)

NFC

Seed
Club
Record
He was injured
1.
San Francisco 49ers
12-3
Anchor in the playoff
2.
Green Bay Packers
12-3
Division; play-off
3.
Saints of New Orleans
12-3
Division; play-off
4.
Philadelphia Eagles
8-7

5.
Seattle Seahawks
11-4
Anchor in the playoff
6.
Minnesota Vikings
10-5
No. 6 seed; play-off

In the hunt: Cowboys (7-8)

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