NFL 2023 playoff picture: AFC and NFC standings updated, and playoff scenarios for Week 18

Nine teams have earned playoff spots, with five playoff spots still up for grabs. Here's what the NFL playoff picture looks like heading into Week 18:

NFC playoff picture

Department leaders

1. 49 (12-4): Clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

2. Cowboys (11-5): Clinched a playoff berth, owning tiebreakers over both the Lions and Eagles.

3. Black (11-5): Clinched the NFC North.

4. Pirates (8-8): Despite losing to the Saints, the NFC South is the Bucs' team to take.

Wild cards
5. Eagles (11-5): Clinched a playoff berth.

6. Rams (9-7): Clinched a playoff berth.

7. Packing (8-8): It will be a wild card if they beat the Bears on Sunday. Owned the strength of a tiebreaker victory over the Seahawks and a conference record in a tiebreaker over the Saints.

Looking outside
8. Seahawks (8-8): The loss to the Steelers hurts, but a wild card berth is still in play.

9. Saints (8-8): Clinging to their playoff hopes.

10. Vikings (7-9): Not out of it, but need to win and get a lot of help.

11. Bears (7-9): He was mathematically eliminated.

12. Falcons (7-9): Still holding on to NFC South hopes.

13. Giants (5-11): He was mathematically eliminated.

14. Leaders (4-12): He was mathematically eliminated.

15. Cardinals (4-12): He was mathematically eliminated.

16. Panthers (2-14): He was mathematically cut out for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, which the Panthers traded to the Bears.

AFC playoff picture

Department leaders

1. Crows (13-3): Clinched the No. 1 seed in Asia.

2. Dolphins (11-5): Earned a playoff berth, and will win the AFC East if they beat the Bills next week.

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3. Presidents (10-6): It clinched the AFC West, and is trapped in the No. 3 seed in AFC.

4. Jaguar (9-7): Own a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Colts and Texans in the AFC South.

Wild cards
5. Brown (11-5): He was locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC.

6. Bills (10-6): They will win the AFC East if they beat the Dolphins next week.

7. Colts (9-7): A big confrontation is coming with Texas.

Looking outside
8. Texas (9-7): Big showdown coming up with the Colts.

9. Steelers (9-7): He could benefit from playing with a Ravens team that will rest its starters in Week 18.

10. Broncos (8-8): He was mathematically eliminated.

11. Bengals (8-8): He was mathematically eliminated.

12. Raiders (7-9): He was mathematically eliminated.

13. Airplanes (6-10): He was mathematically eliminated.

14. Titans (5-11): He was mathematically eliminated.

15. Chargers (5-11): He was mathematically eliminated.

16. Patriots (4-12): He was mathematically eliminated.

Week 18 Decisive scenarios

The Packers clinch a wild card with the win.

The Vikings clinch a wild card with a win, a Packers loss, a Saints loss, and a Seahawks loss.

The Cowboys clinch the NFC East Championship with a win or the Eagles lose.

Eagles clinch NFC East with a win and a Cowboys loss.

The Buccaneers clinched the NFC South with a win.

Saints-Falcons winner clinches NFC South with Buccaneers loss.

The winner of Dolphins-Bills clinch the AFC East title.

The Jaguars clinch the AFC South title with a win.

The Colts-Texans winner clinches a playoff berth, clinching the AFC South title with a loss to the Jaguars.

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The Steelers clinch the wild card with a win and a Bills or Jaguars loss.

The full official playoff scenarios will be distributed by the NFL this week.

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