IT’S ALL ON THE LINE IN WEEK 17
— 13 of the 16 games in Week 17 feature at least one team in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LIII —
It’s the final push for NFL teams as the regular season ends on Sunday, December 30. All 16 games are division contests and with one week to go, there are still 15 teams in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LIII.
WEEK 17: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30
|Atlanta at Tampa Bay||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Carolina at New Orleans||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Dallas at New York Giants||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Detroit at Green Bay||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Jacksonville at Houston||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Miami at Buffalo||1:00 PM||CBS|
|New York Jets at New England||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Arizona at Seattle||4:25 PM||FOX|
|Chicago at Minnesota||4:25 PM||FOX|
|Cincinnati at Pittsburgh||4:25 PM||CBS|
|Cleveland at Baltimore||4:25 PM||CBS|
|Los Angeles Chargers at Denver||4:25 PM||CBS|
|Oakland at Kansas City||4:25 PM||CBS|
|Philadelphia at Washington||4:25 PM||FOX|
|San Francisco at Los Angeles Rams||4:25 PM||FOX|
|Indianapolis at Tennessee||8:20 PM||NBC|
Nine of the 12 playoff teams have been determined. Five of the eight divisions have been clinched. And there’s still plenty to play for in Week 17. For the full Week 17 playoff scenarios, click here.
In the AFC, four teams have already punched their ticket to the postseason: New England (10-5, AFC East), Houston (10-5, playoff berth), Kansas City (11-4, playoff berth) and the Los Angeles Chargers (11-4, playoff berth).
Baltimore (9-6) and Pittsburgh (8-6-1) are vying for the AFC North title. Indianapolis (9-6) and Tennessee (9-6) face off on NBC’s Sunday Night Football at 8:20 PM ET in a win-and-you’re-in battle. Houston can clinch the AFC South title with a win this week, but the winner of the Indianapolis-Tennessee game would take the division crown with a Houston loss.
In the NFC, five teams have locked up playoff spots, including all four division winners: Dallas (9-6, NFC East), Chicago (11-4, NFC North), New Orleans (13-2, NFC South), the Los Angeles Rams (12-3, NFC West) and Seattle (9-6, playoff berth).
Minnesota (8-6-1) and Philadelphia (8-7) are in contention for the final Wild Card spot in the NFC. The Vikings are in position to clinch a playoff berth with a win, while the Eagles need a win and a Minnesota loss to secure their postseason entry.
The Bears, who have clinched the NFC North division title for the first time since 2010, have completed a “worst-to-first” turnaround and at least one team has won its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place in 15 of the past 16 seasons. If Houston clinches the AFC South on Sunday, it would mark the second consecutive season that two teams go from worst to first (Jacksonville and Philadelphia in 2017) – something that has never happened before in any other major US sport.
Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990 – a streak of 29 consecutive seasons – at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.
With one week remaining, five teams have already qualified for the playoffs after missing the postseason in 2017 – the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Los Angeles Chargers and Seattle Seahawks. That number could swell to as many as seven if both the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts qualify for the postseason on Sunday.