With the morning games, the playoff picture has become a little more clear. Coming into the day, there were three seeds that were unsettled -- the number 1, 2, and 5 seeds.
With the Patriots taking down the Dolphins, they will take the number one seed in the playoffs and home field advantage throughout. Here is the updated playoff picture:
- New England Patriots (AFC East)
- Oakland Raiders (AFC West)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC North)
- Houston Texans (AFC South)
- Kansas City Chiefs (Wildcard)
- Miami Dolphins (Wildcard)
Even with the Dolphins loss, they retain the six seed. The Steelers are in overtime against the Browns but it doesn’t matter what happens, the Steelers have locked down the three seed.
That leaves just the seeds of the Raiders and Chiefs up for grabs as we head to the afternoon games.
Simply put, should the Raiders win in Denver, they keep the number two seed. Should they lose and the Chiefs win in San Diego, the Chiefs would take the number two seed. All other scenarios (both teams lose, either team ties) and the Raiders keep the number two seed.