Only two playoff spots for 2020, one in the AFC and one in the NFC, were open for reception when the NFL’s final week of regular season arrived. Injured by the Titans and Eagles hours before the 49ers beat the Seahawks in “Sunday Night Football” in an incredible way to secure the NFC West and complete the NFL playoffs for 2020.
The final playoff scores based on Week 17 results also bring a stunning post-match match to the AFC. The Patriots had been upset by the dolphins to close the regular season and this loss, coupled with the Chiefs’ victory over the Chargers, threw New England into seed no. 3, out of position for a first round. Now the Patriots have to play on the wild card weekend when they host the Titans.
Image analysis in the playoff 2020 NFL Draft order
Speaking of teams entering the playoffs in disadvantage because the Saints are stuck in seed no. 3 despite their 13-3 record, the Vikings should play the wild card game in New Orleans.
Below is the full NFL playoff arm for 2020, as well as a quick overview of wild-card racing.
NFL 2020 playoff bracket
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Who’s in the NFL 2020 playoffs?
Although seeding in the NFC was not settled until the 49ers beat the Seahawks on Sunday night to close out the regular season, the field of the 12 playoffs was set earlier in Week 17 when the Eagles reached the playoffs.
With their victory over the Texans in Week 17, the Titans won the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC over the Steelers and Raiders, both losing to close out the season.
Below is the full NFL playoff field for 2020.
Managers of Kansas City
New England Patriots
Exclusion: Steelers (8-8), Raiders (7-9), Colts (7-7); Jet (7-9); Broncos (7-9); Browns (6-10); Jaguars (6-10); Chargers (5-11); Dolphins (5-11); Bengals (2-14)
San Francisco 49ers
Green Bay Packers
Saints of New Orleans
Exclusion: Ramp (9-7); Cowboys (8-8); Bears (8-8); Buccaneers (7-9); Hawks (7-9); Cardinals (5-10-1); Panthers (5-11); Giants (4-12); Lions (3-12-1); Redskins (3-13)
AFC playoff matchups
1. Baltimore Ravens (first round)
2. Kansas City Managers (Round One)
3. New England Patriots vs. 6. Tennessee Titans
New England’s loss to Miami in Week 17, combined with Kansas City’s victory over the Los Angeles Chargers, denied the Patriots the comfort of a first-round AFC playoffs. They will play their wild card game at home against the Titans, who raced to the playoffs with a Week 17 victory over the Texans.
4. Houston Texans vs. 5. Buffalo Bills
Houston became locked in this seed before taking the field against Tennessee on week 17 and Buffalo has been locked on No. 5 since week 16. This should be a very controversial wild card game in Houston, with Deshaun Watson facing the dim defense of the accounts.
NFC playoff adjustments
1. San Francisco 49ers (first round)
2. Green Bay Packers (Round 1)
3. New Orleans Saints vs. 6. Vikings of Minnesota
The Saints had the opportunity to secure their first-round seed and / or a first-round playoff berth in Week 17, but despite taking care of their business against the Panthers, the 49ers won and the Packers prevented New Orleans. Now the Vikings have to play their wild game at the Superdome.
4. Eagle Philadelphia vs. 5. Seatah Seahawks
This will be a matchup of two relentless teams led by MVP-caliber quarterbacks, a formula for a dandy of a wild card game, even though the Eagles limped in the playoffs with their Week 17 win over the Giants. For all the injuries Philadelphia has faced this season, the playoffs are limited to key personnel.