Live tracking the NFL playoff picture: Rams, Bears and Colts clinch playoff spots

Live tracking the NFL playoff picture: Rams, Bears and Colts clinch playoff spots

Several NFL playoff spots are still in play in Week 17, along with a couple of division titles. And two teams currently on the outside looking in still have a chance to play postseason football.

In the early window on Sunday, the Ravens, Browns and Titans all clinched playoff spots. The Cowboys were also eliminated by the Giants, and the Buccaneers locked themselves into the No. 5 spot in the NFC. The Bills will be the No. 2 seed in the AFC after their win, locking the Steelers into the third spot.

We’re live tracking the playoff picture on Sunday, following the playoff races in both the AFC and NFC. We will update playoff chances and projections from VioletSport’s Football Power Index (FPI) periodically throughout the 16-game slate, showing how the playoff landscape is changing as games are played. Clinching scenarios are provided for each team as well. Keep checking back all day long for the most up-to-date view of the playoff teams and seedings based on those FPI projections.

LAST UPDATED: 7:18 p.m. ET

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NFC

Scenario: The Packers have locked up the NFC North and can clinch the No. 1 seed — giving them home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs and a wild-card round bye — with a win against Chicago OR a Seattle loss. They also can clinch the No. 2 seed with a New Orleans loss and a Seattle win. They cannot fall lower than third in the conference.

Follow relevant games live: GB-CHI | NO-CAR | SEA-SF

FPI chances: The Packers’ chances to be the No. 1 seed in the NFC sit at 98%.

Projected wild-card weekend matchup: BYE


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Scenario: The Saints have locked up the NFC South and can clinch the No. 1 seed — giving them home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs and a wild-card round bye — with a win against Carolina, a Green Bay loss and a Seattle win. They also can clinch the No. 2 seed with a win and Green Bay loss OR a Seattle loss. They cannot fall lower than third in the conference.

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Scenario: The Seahawks have locked up the NFC West and can clinch the No. 1 seed — giving them home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs and a wild-card round bye — with a win against San Francisco, a New Orleans loss and a Green Bay loss. They also can clinch the No. 2 seed with a win, a New Orleans win and a Green Bay loss OR a win, a Green Bay win and a New Orleans loss. They cannot fall lower than third in the conference.

Follow relevant games live: SEA-SF | NO-CAR | GB-CHI

FPI chances: The Seahawks’ chances to be the No. 1 seed in the NFC sit at 1%.

Projected wild-card weekend matchup: vs. Rams


Scenario: Washington’s scenario to both make the playoffs and win the NFC East is very simple: win against Philadelphia. The only possible playoff seeding Washington has in play is No. 4.

Follow relevant games live: WSH-PHI (8:20 p.m. ET)

FPI chances: Washington has a 60% chance to win the NFC East and make the playoffs.

Projected wild-card weekend matchup: vs. Buccaneers


Scenario: The Buccaneers have locked up a playoff berth, and they will be the No. 5 seed in the NFC. They are eliminated from the NFC South title race.

Projected wild-card weekend matchup: vs. Washington


Scenario: The Rams have locked up a playoff berth, and they will be the No. 6 seed in the NFC. They are eliminated from the NFC West title race.

Projected wild-card weekend matchup: vs. Seahawks


Scenario: The Bears have locked up a playoff berth, and they will be the No. 7 seed in the NFC. They are eliminated from the NFC North title race.

Projected wild-card weekend matchup: vs. Saints


CURRENTLY OUTSIDE

Scenario: The Giants can clinch the NFC East and a playoff berth with a Washington loss. The only possible playoff seeding New York has in play is No. 4.

Follow relevant games live: WSH-PHI (8:20 p.m. ET)

FPI chances: The Giants have a 40% chance to win the NFC East and make the playoffs.

AFC

Scenario: The Chiefs have locked up both the AFC West and the No. 1 seed in the conference. They will receive both home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs and a wild-card round bye.

Projected wild-card weekend matchup: BYE


Scenario: The Bills have locked up the AFC East, and they will be the No. 2 seed in the AFC.

Projected wild-card weekend matchup: vs. Colts


Scenario: The Steelers have locked up the AFC North, and they will be the No. 3 seed in the AFC.

Projected wild-card weekend matchup: vs. Browns


Scenario: The Colts can clinch the AFC South with a win against the Jaguars and a Tennessee loss. They also can clinch a playoff berth if they miss out on the division with a win.

Follow relevant games live: JAX-IND | TEN-HOU

FPI chances: The Colts have a 99% chance to make the playoffs and a 66% chance to win the AFC South.

Projected wild-card weekend matchup: vs. Ravens


Scenario: The Ravens have locked up a playoff berth, and they will be the No. 5 seed in the AFC. They are eliminated from the AFC North title race.

Projected wild-card weekend matchup: vs. Titans


Scenario: The Browns have locked up a playoff berth, and they will be the No. 6 seed in the AFC. They are eliminated from the AFC North title race.

Projected wild-card weekend matchup: vs. Steelers


Scenario: The Titans can clinch the AFC South with a win against the Texans OR an Indianapolis loss. They have clinched a playoff berth with Miami’s loss.

Follow relevant games live: TEN-HOU | JAX-IND

FPI chances: The Titans have a 34% chance to win the AFC South.

Projected wild-card weekend matchup: vs. Bills


CURRENTLY OUTSIDE

Scenario: The Dolphins can clinch a playoff berth with an Indianapolis loss. They are eliminated from the AFC East title race.

Follow relevant games live: JAX-IND

FPI chances: The Dolphins have a 1% chance to make the playoffs.

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