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Sport NFL playoff picture as Week 13 starts: Saints become first team to clinch postseason berth in 2019

09:05  29 november  2019
09:05  29 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Here's how the NFL playoff picture looks with Week 13 underway:

a group of men playing a game of football: Saints QB Taysom Hill (7) scores a rushing TD in Thursday's night win at Atlanta. © Jason Getz, USA TODAY Sports Saints QB Taysom Hill (7) scores a rushing TD in Thursday's night win at Atlanta.

NFC

1. San Francisco 49ers (10-1): NFC West leader. Decisive win against Packers keeps them on top for time being. But it only gets tougher for Niners given upcoming trips to Baltimore and New Orleans. A win or tie this weekend paired with a Rams loss clinches berth for San Fran.

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x-2. New Orleans Saints (10-2): NFC South champions. They served up some Thanksgiving revenge in Atlanta to become the first team in 2019 to clinch a playoff berth. Squarely in race for home-field advantage, too.

3. Green Bay Packers (8-3): NFC North leader. Time for serious self-scouting after setback at San Francisco knocked them from No. 2 slot. But Pack currently have just one more game remaining against opponent with winning record (at Minnesota in Week 16).

4. Dallas Cowboys (6-6): NFC East leader. Getting blown out on Thanksgiving is latest problem for Jason Garrett. But Dallas will remain in first place into next week regardless of what Eagles do.

5. Seattle Seahawks (9-2): Wild card No. 1. They need misstep from 49ers to move up but can't lose focus themselves with freshened Vikings on way to Seattle for Monday night meeting to end Week 13.

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6. Minnesota Vikings (8-3): Wild card No. 2. Coming out of bye, they've got tougher path to NFC North crown than Green Bay. But Vikes are now two games clear of closest pursuer for conference's final berth after Ravens dealt Rams (6-5) potentially mortal blow.

AFC

1. New England Patriots (10-1): AFC East leader. Beat the Cowboys in the rain as they continue to try to extend their reign. But scant margin for error with the division-leading Texans and Chiefs next up on docket. Pats punch 11th consecutive postseason card this weekend by winning coupled with a loss by either the Steelers or Raiders.

2. Baltimore Ravens (9-2): AFC North leader. After ravaging Rams, case bolstered they're league's top team. Pats one mistake from ceding top seed to Baltimore.

3. Houston Texans (7-4): AFC South leader. Recovered from their beatdown at Baltimore to knock off the Colts and claim first place in the division outright. Week 6 win at Kansas City moved Texans from sixth spot all the way to third. But beware, Texans, as you emerge from mini-bye: Patriots are coming to town. 

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Week 13 NFL playoff picture : Saints ' win clinches NFC South on Thanksgiving night. Let's take a closer look at the playoff picture as it stands now through the Thanksgiving Day games of Note: X denotes a team that has clinched a playoff berth , while Z shows a team that has clinched its

Which NFL teams clinched a playoff spot in Week 16 and which were eliminated? New, 1 comment. The Cowboys, Patriots, Texans, and Seahawks are now in Teams that have clinched their division: 5 Teams that have clinched a playoff spot: 9 Teams that have clinched a first-round bye: 1 Teams

4. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4): AFC West leader. Coming out of off week, they'll host reeling Raiders (6-5) in Week 13.

5. Buffalo Bills (9-3): Wild card No. 1. Dismantling Dallas allows them to continue padding wild-card lead ahead of date with Ravens.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5): Wild card No. 2. This spot continues to be hot potato — Colts and Oakland, both also 6-5, have also held it recently — but Pittsburgh has reclaimed it ... for now. The Steelers host the Browns (5-6), who are playing much better than they are, in Week 13. Titans (6-5) also squarely in mix and can help own tie-breaking scenarios by winning at Indianapolis.

x — clinched playoff berth

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