2022 NFL playoff picture: Week 17 AFC and NFC live updates, standings, clinching scenarios (Updated through Sunday night)

The NFL’s Week 17 schedule is already underway, with playoff implications in seemingly every result. With just one week remaining after this weekend, how the AFC and NFC playoff picture will play out will have plenty of drama throughout the Week 17 slate of games. Teams are clinching division titles and wild card berths, while other clubs are being eliminated as games go final.

As we have the last couple of weeks, throughout Week 17, we will keep track of the current playoff picture with each game’s results. We will keep track of who can clinch what spot in the postseason, which teams have seen their 2022 hopes dashed, and who will stay alive into Week 18.

As Week 17 started, the AFC playoff picture had the Buffalo Bills already clinching the AFC East division title as they continued to pace the field with a 12-3 record. The Kansas City Chiefs, the AFC West champions this year, are staying right with them with an identical 12-3 record. The Cincinnati Bengals entered the week third in the standings with an 11-4 record as the AFC North leaders, while the Jacksonville Jaguars were the fourth seed as the AFC South leaders at 7-8 on the year. The three wild card teams were the Baltimore Ravens (10-5), the Los Angeles Chargers (9-6), and the Miami Dolphins (8-7). On the outside looking in, the New England Patriots and New York Jets held the top two spots, both at 7-8 for the season.

The NFC playoff picture continues to be headlined by the Philadelphia Eagles, who lead the NFC East with a 13-2 record. The Minnesota Vikings, having clinched the NFC North title this season, are a game back at 12-3, while the San Francisco 49ers, the NFC West champions, started the week 11-4. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leading the NFC South at 7-8, were in the fourth spot. The Dallas Cowboys (11-4) were the top wild card team to start Week 17, followed by the New York Giants (8-6-1) and the Washington Commanders (7-7-1). The Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions, both 7-8, held the first two positions on the wrong side of the playoff cut line.

How will everything look at the end of the week? Our live standings below will keep you up to date.

Week 17 Schedule

Finals

Dallas Cowboys 27 – 13 Tennessee Titans
Arizona Cardinals 19 – 20 Atlanta Falcons
Chicago Bears 10 – 41 Detroit Lions
Jacksonville Jaguars 31 – 3 Houston Texans
Denver Broncos 24 – 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Miami Dolphins 21 – 23 New England Patriots
Indianapolis Colts 10 – 38 New York Giants
New Orleans Saints 20 – 10 Philadelphia Eagles
Carolina Panthers 24 – 30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cleveland Browns 24 – 10 Washington Commanders
San Francisco 49ers 37 – 34 Las Vegas Raiders (OT)
New York Jets 6 – 23 Seattle Seahawks
Minnesota Vikings 17 – 41 Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Rams 10 – 31 Los Angeles Chargers
Pittsburgh Steelers 16 – 13 Baltimore Ravens

Schedule

Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati Bengals, Monday, 8:30 pm ET


AFC Playoff Picture (through Week 17 Sunday night)

Week 17 Clinching Scenarios:

Buffalo Bills – Cannot clinch top seed
Clinch AFC top seed (homefield advantage and bye) with:

  • Bills win and Chiefs loss

Cincinnati Bengals
Clinch AFC North division title with:

  • Bengals win and Ravens loss/tie OR
  • Bengals tie and Ravens loss

Miami Dolphins – Cannot clinch
Clinch playoff berth with:

  • Dolphins win and Jets lose/tie OR
  • Dolphins tie and Jets lost and Steelers loss/tie

Live Standings:

1 – Kansas City Chiefs (13-3, AFC West champion)+
2 – Buffalo Bills (12-3, AFC East champion)+*
3 – Cincinnati Bengals (11-4, AFC North leader)^*
4 – Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8, AFC South leader)
5 – Los Angeles Chargers (10-6, Wild Card 1)^
6 – Baltimore Ravens (10-6, Wild Card 2)^
7 – New England Patriots (8-8, Wild Card 3)

In the hunt
Miami Dolphins (8-8)
Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)
Tennessee Titans (7-9)

Eliminated
New York Jets (7-9)
Cleveland Browns (7-9)
Las Vegas Raiders (6-10)
Indianapolis Colts (4-11-1)
Denver Broncos (4-12)
Houston Texans (2-13-1)
Note: The Jets are ahead of the Titans in the standings based on tiebreaks, but the Titans have not been eliminated because they can still win their division.

*Still to play
^Clinched playoff berth
+Clinched division title

Week 17 Elimination Scenarios:

Las Vegas Raiders – Eliminated
Eliminated with:

  • Raiders loss/tie OR
  • Dolphins win/tie OR
  • Jets win/tie

New York Jets – Eliminated
Eliminated with:

  • Jets lost OR
  • Jets ties and Dolphins win

New England Patriots – Cannot be eliminated
Eliminated with:

  • Patriots loss OR
  • Patriots tie and Jets win/loss

Pittsburgh Steelers – Cannot be eliminated
Eliminated with:

  • Steelers loss OR
  • Steelers tie and Jets win/tie OR
  • Steelers tie and Dolphins tie OR
  • Dolphins win OR
  • Dolphins tie and Jets win

NFC Playoff Picture (through Week 17)

Week 17 Clinching Scenarios:

New York Giants – Clinch playoff berth
Clinch playoff berth with:

  • Giants win OR
  • Giants tie and Seahawks loss/tie and Commanders lose/tie OR
  • Giants tie and Seahawks loss/tie and Lions loss/tie OR
  • Giants tie and Commanders lose/tie and Lions loss/tie and Packers loss/tie OR
  • Seahawks loss and Commanders lost OR
  • Seahawks loss and Lions loss and Packers loss/tie OR
  • Commanders lost and Lions loss and Packers loss

Philadelphia Eagles– Cannot clinch division nor NFC top seed
Clinch the NFC East division title with:

  • Eagles win/tie OR
  • Cowboys loss/tie

Clinch NFC top seed (homefield advantage and bye) with:

  • Eagles win OR
  • Eagles tie and Vikings loss/tie OR
  • Cowboys loss/tie and Vikings lost and 49ers loss/tie

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Clinched division title
Clinch the NFC South division title with:

Washington Commanders – Cannot clinch
Clinch playoff berth with:

  • Commanders win and Seahawks loss and Lions loss and Packers loss/tie

Live Standings:

1 – Philadelphia Eagles (13-3, NFC East leader)^
2 – San Francisco 49ers (12-4, NFC West champion)+
3 – Minnesota Vikings (12-4, NFC North champion)+
4 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-8, NFC South champion)+
5 – Dallas Cowboys (12-4, Wild Card 1)^
6 – New York Giants (9-6-1, Wild Card 2)^
7 – Seattle Seahawks (8-8, Wild Card 3)

In the hunt
Detroit Lions (8-8)
Green Bay Packers (8-8)

Eliminated
Washington Commanders (7-8-1)
New Orleans Saints (7-9)
Carolina Panthers (6-10)
Atlanta Falcons (6-10)
Los Angeles Rams (5-11)
Arizona Cardinals (4-12)
Chicago Bears (3-13)

*Still to play
^Clinched playoff berth
+Clinched division title

Week 17 Elimination Scenarios:

Carolina Panthers – Eliminated
Eliminated with:

Detroit Lions – Cannot be eliminated
Eliminated with:

  • Lions loss and Commanders win

Green Bay Packers – Cannot be eliminated
Eliminated with:

  • Packers loss and Lions win OR
  • Packers loss and Commanders win OR
  • Packers loss and Seahawks loss and Saints loss/tie and Commanders tie OR
  • Packers tie and Seahawks loss and Commanders win

New Orleans Saints – Eliminated
Eliminated with:

  • Saints lost OR
  • Saints tie and Buccaneers win and Commanders tie OR
  • Saints tie and Buccaneers win/tie and Lions win/tie OR
  • Saints tie and Buccaneers win/tie and Packers win/tie OR
  • Saints tie and Buccaneers win/tie and Seahawks win OR
  • Saints tie and Buccaneers tie and Commanders win/tie OR
  • Buccaneers win and Commanders win OR
  • Buccaneers win and Lions win and Packers win/tie OR
  • Buccaneers win and Lions tie and Packers win

Seattle Seahawks – Cannot be eliminated
Eliminated with:

  • Seahawks loss and Commanders win OR
  • Seahawks loss and Lions win and Packers win/tie OR
  • Seahawks loss and Lions tie and Packers win OR
  • Seahawks tie and Giants win/tie and Packers win/tie and Commanders win and Lions win OR
  • Seahawks tie and Giants win/tie and Packers win and Commanders win and Lions tie

Washington Commanders – Eliminated
Eliminated with:

  • Commanders lost and Packers win and Lions win
    (Note: We initially listed the Commanders as not being able to be eliminated. That was incorrect and they are eliminated.)

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