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NFL Playoff Standings: Broncos are the top seed in the AFC

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After defeating the San Diego Chargers by the score of 27-20 this afternoon, the Denver Broncos locked up the number one seed in the AFC. This gives the Broncos some much-needed rest to get healthy for a Super Bowl run.

Let's take a look at how the rest of the AFC and North seeding played out after the week 17 games have concluded.


Seed Team Record
1 Denver Broncos 12-4
2 New England Patriots 12-4
3 Cincinnati Bengals 12-4
4 Houston Texans 9-7
5 Kansas City Chiefs 11-5
6 Pittsburgh Steelers 10-6


With the Patriots losing to the Miami Dolphins and the Denver Broncos defeating the San Diego Chargers, the Broncos move past the Patriots and are now the number one seed. This means that they will control home field advantage as long as their still in the playoffs.

This also means that the Broncos will host the lowest remaining seed after the wild-card games are finished next weekend. The potential opponents are the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Patriots are the two seed and will play the highest remaining seed after next weekend's wild-card round. Their potential opponents are the Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Wild-card matchups:

Houston Texans(4 seed) vs. Kansas City Chiefs(5 seed)

Cincinnati Bengals(3 seed) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers(6 seed)


Seed Team Record
1 Carolina Panthers 15-1
2 Arizona Cardinals 13-3
3 Green Bay Packers* 10-5*
4 Washington Redskins 9-7
5 Seattle Seahawks 10-6
6 Minnesota Vikings 10-5*

*The Vikings and Packers play on Sunday Night Football, and the winner takes the NFC North and the 3 seed. The other will either be the 5th or 6th seed depending on the outcome. This will be updated once the Sunday Night football game is finished.


With a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a loss by the Arizona Cardinals, the Carolina Panthers locked up the number one overall seed in the NFC. They will host the lowest remaining seed in NFC after next weekend's wild-card games.

The Cardinals also earn a bye and will host the highest remaining seed in the NFC after next weekend's game wild-card games conclude.

Wild-card matchups:

If Vikings win:

Minnesota Vikings(3 seed) vs. Seattle Seahawks(6 seed)

Washington Redskins(4 seed) vs. Green Bay Packers(5th seed)

If Packers win:

Green Bay Packers (3 seed) vs. Minnesota Vikings(6 seed)

Washington Redskins(4 seed) vs. Seattle Seahawks(5 seed)

Still to come:

The Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings play Sunday Night Football. The winner of that game will win the NFC North division and lock up a home field game in the wildcard round of the playoffs next weekend. The loser will play on the road wild-card weekend.