Tuesday, February 7, 2023

What would the playoffs look like this time in the NFL

We review the classified teams, those still in contention, and those that have been kicked out of the competition after the season

Week 17 of the NFL regular season brought much clarity to the playoff picture, though it came at the cost of some teams’ post-season dreams.

After a surprising loss to the New Orleans Saints at home, the Philadelphia Eagles failed to clinch the NFC East title, or clinch the first seed in the NL.

For their part, the New York Giants clinched their first berth in the playoffs since 2016 with a dominating win over the Indianapolis Colts.

The Green Bay Packers’ win over the Minnesota Vikings not only improved their chances of making the playoffs at the last minute, but also ousted the Washington Commanders—who lost to the now-nothing Cleveland Browns—in the process—and Saint.

In the NFC South, the Carolina Panthers were defeated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ending their postseason chances. At the same time, the Bucs’ victory clinched their second straight division title.

In the American East, the Miami Dolphins lost their chance of securing their post-season ticket on merit after losing to the New England Patriots, who are still alive. It’s the fifth consecutive setback for the South Florida man, but he still has a chance to qualify. The only ones left on the way were the New York Jets who fell to the Seattle Seahawks.

The San Francisco 49ers needed overtime to defeat the Las Vegas Raiders, but with the win they remained in contention for the top seed in the NL. For their part, the Raiders were thrown out of the competition with setbacks.

In the night game, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Baltimore Ravens on the road to stay alive. In the process, the Steelers took the Ravens’ chance to single-handedly win the AFC North, and now it looks like the divisional crown will go to the Cincinnati Bengals. The result was that, in the American’s provisional seeding, the Ravens and Chargers exchanged places.

Currently, the teams that qualify for the playoffs in the AFC are the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Bengals, Ravens, and Los Angeles Chargers. There are two tickets left to be dealt, with the Patriots, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Dolphins and Steelers raising their hands.

The mathematically eliminated teams in this conference are the Raiders, Jets, Browns, Colts, Denver Broncos, and Houston Texans.

In the NFC, the ticket-in-hand teams are the Eagles, 49ers, Vikings, Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, and Giants. In addition, there is one space left between the Seahawks, Detroit Lions and Packers awaiting an owner.

In the National, the teams that no longer contend at all are the Commanders, Panthers, Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Rams, Arizona Cardinals, and Chicago Bears.

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