2017-18 NFL Playoff Picture

1st Seed
Patriots
13-3-0
2nd Seed
Steelers
13-3-0
6th Seed
Bills
9-7-0
3rd Seed
Jaguars
10-6-0
5th Seed
Titans
9-7-0
4th Seed
Chiefs
10-6-0
1st Seed
Eagles
13-3-0
2nd Seed
Vikings
13-3-0
6th Seed
Falcons
10-6-0
3rd Seed
Rams
11-5-0
5th Seed
Panthers
11-5-0
4th Seed
Saints
11-5-0
NFL PLAYOFF PICTURE
  • To view each team's tiebreaker explanations, scenarios and remaining schedule, click on the team name.
    AFC
    SeedTeamDivisionRecord
    1East13-3-0
    2North13-3-0
    3South10-6-0
    4West10-6-0
    5South9-7-0
    6
     (x) Buffalo 
    East9-7-0
     
    Eliminated
    SeedTeamDivisionRecord
    7North9-7-0
    8West9-7-0
    9North7-9-0
    10West6-10-0
    11East6-10-0
    12West5-11-0
    13East5-11-0
    14South4-12-0
    15South4-12-0
    16North0-16-0
     
    NFC
    SeedTeamDivisionRecord
    1East13-3-0
    2North13-3-0
    3West11-5-0
    4South11-5-0
    5South11-5-0
    6
     (x) Atlanta 
    South10-6-0
     
    Eliminated
    SeedTeamDivisionRecord
    7North9-7-0
    8West9-7-0
    9East9-7-0
    10West8-8-0
    11North7-9-0
    12East7-9-0
    13West6-10-0
    14South5-11-0
    15North5-11-0
    16East3-13-0

    Legend: ( X ) -clinched playoff berth | ( Y ) -denotes division winner | ( Z ) -denotes first-round bye | ( * ) -clinched home-field advantage

    Playoff Picture Scenarios: Week 17

    Playoff Scenarios: Week 17
    AFC Scenarios: NFC Scenarios:
    No remaining AFC scenarios.

    No remaining NFC scenarios.


    AFC clinches: NFC clinches:
    NEW ENGLAND clinched the AFC East division title (Week 15), first-round bye (Week 16), home-field advantage throughout the playoffs (Week 17)
    PITTSBURGH clinched the AFC North division title (Week 14), first-round bye (Week 16)
    KANSAS CITY clinched the AFC West division title (Week 16)
    JACKSONVILLE clinched a playoff berth (Week 15), AFC South division title (Week 16)
    TENNESSEE clinched a playoff berth (Week 17)
    BUFFALO clinched a playoff berth (Week 17)
    PHILADELPHIA clinched the NFC East division title (Week 14), first-round bye (Week 15), home-field throughout the NFC playoffs (Week 16)
    MINNESOTA clinched the NFC North division title (Week 15), first-round bye (Week 17)
    LOS ANGELES RAMS clinched the NFC West division title (Week 16)
    CAROLINA clinched a playoff berth (Week 16)
    NEW ORLEANS clinched a playoff berth (Week 16), NFC South division title (Week 17)
    ATLANTA clinched a playoff berth (Week 17)

    During the regular season, the seeds reflect how the playoffs would stand if the season ended up to that point. The NFL playoffs are not based on a pure bracket system. In the divisional playoffs, the No. 1 seed is assured of playing the lowest-seeded Wild Card survivor. There are no restrictions on intra-division games and the higher seed of any matchup will have home-field advantage.

  • Tiebreakers

    AFC tiebreakers:

    • New England is ahead of Pittsburgh based on head to head (1-0).
    • Jacksonville is ahead of Kansas City based on conference record (9-3 to the Chiefs' 8-4).
    • Tennessee is ahead of Buffalo, Baltimore and the L.A. Chargers based on conference record (Titans' 8-4 to the Bills' 7-5, the Ravens' 7-5 and the Chargers' 6-6).
    • Buffalo and Baltimore are ahead of the L.A. Chargers based on conference record (Bills' 7-5 and the Ravens' 7-5 to the Chargers' 6-6).
    • Buffalo is ahead of Baltimore based on strength of victory (.396 to the Ravens' .299).
    • Baltimore is ahead of the L.A. Chargers based on conference record (7-5 to the Chargers' 6-6).
    • Oakland is ahead of Miami based on head to head (1-0).
    • Denver is ahead of the N.Y. Jets based on head to head (1-0).
    • Indianapolis is ahead of Houston in the AFC South based on head to head (2-0).

     

    NFC tiebreakers:

    • Philadelphia is ahead of Minnesota based on common games record (5-0 to the Vikings' 4-1).
    • New Orleans is ahead of Carolina in the NFC South based on head to head (2-0).
    • The L.A. Rams are ahead of New Orleans based on head to head (1-0).
    • Detroit is ahead of Seattle and Dallas based on conference record (Lions' 8-4 to the
    • Seahawks' 7-5 and the Cowboys' 7-5).
    • Seattle is ahead of Dallas based on head to head (1-0).
    • Green Bay is ahead of Washington based on common games record (2-3 to the Redskins' 1-4).
    • Tampa Bay is ahead of Chicago based on head to head (1-0).
  • Tiebreaker Rules

    The six postseason participants from each conference will be seeded as follows:

    1. The division champion with the best record.
    2. The division champion with the second-best record.
    3. The division champion with the third-best record.
    4. The division champion with the fourth-best record.
    5. The Wild Card club with the best record.
    6. The Wild Card club with the second-best record.

    The following procedures will be used to break standings ties for postseason playoffs and to determine regular-season schedules.
    NOTE: Tie games count as one-half win and one-half loss for both clubs.

    TO BREAK A TIE WITHIN A DIVISION:

    If, at the end of the regular season, two or more clubs in the same division finish with the best won-lost-tied percentage, the following steps will be taken until a champion is determined.

    Two Clubs:

    1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
    2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
    3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
    4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
    5. Strength of victory.
    6. Strength of schedule.
    7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
    8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
    9. Best net points in common games.
    10. Best net points in all games.
    11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
    12. Coin toss.

    Three or More Clubs:
    (Note: If two clubs remain tied after one or more clubs are eliminated during any step, tie-breaker re-starts at Step One of two-club format. If three clubs remain tied after a fourth club is eliminated during any step, tie-breaker re-starts at Step One of three-club format.)

    1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games among the clubs).
    2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
    3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
    4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
    5. Strength of victory.
    6. Strength of schedule.
    7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
    8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
    9. Best net points in common games.
    10. Best net points in all games.
    11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
    12. Coin toss.

    TO BREAK A TIE FOR THE WILD-CARD TEAM OR AMONG DIVISION WINNERS:
    If it is necessary to break ties to determine the two Wild-Card clubs from each conference, the following steps will be taken.

    1. If the tied clubs are from the same division, apply division tie breaker.
    2. If the tied clubs are from different divisions, apply the following steps.

    Two Clubs:

    1. Head-to-head, if applicable.
    2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
    3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
    4. Strength of victory.
    5. Strength of schedule.
    6. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
    7. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
    8. Best net points in conference games.
    9. Best net points in all games.
    10. Best net touchdowns in all games.
    11. Coin toss.

    Three or More Clubs:
    (Note: If two clubs remain tied after one or more clubs are eliminated during any step, tie-breaker re-starts at Step One of two-club format. If three clubs remain tied after a fourth club is eliminated during any step, tie-breaker re-starts at Step One of three-club format.)

    1. Apply division tie breaker to eliminate all but the highest ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. The original seeding within a division upon application of the division tie breaker remains the same for all subsequent applications of the procedure that are necessary to identify the two Wild-Card participants.
    2. Head-to-head sweep. (Applicable only if one club has defeated each of the others or if one club has lost to each of the others.)
    3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
    4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
    5. Strength of victory.
    6. Strength of schedule.
    7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
    8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
    9. Best net points in conference games.
    10. Best net points in all games.
    11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
    12. Coin toss

    When the first Wild-Card team has been identified, the procedure is repeated to name the second Wild-Card, i.e., eliminate all but the highest-ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. In situations where three or more teams from the same division are involved in the procedure, the original seeding of the teams remains the same for subsequent applications of the tie breaker if the top-ranked team in that division qualifies for a Wild-Card berth.

    OTHER TIE-BREAKING PROCEDURES

    1. Only one club advances to the playoffs in any tie-breaking step. Remaining tied clubs revert to the first step of the applicable division or Wild-Card tie breakers. As an example, if two clubs remain tied in any tie-breaker step after all other clubs have been eliminated, the procedure reverts to step one of the two-club format to determine the winner. When one club wins the tie breaker, all other clubs revert to step 1 of the applicable two-club or three-club format.
    2. In comparing division and conference records or records against common opponents among tied teams, the best won-lost-tied percentage is the deciding factor since teams may have played an unequal number of games.
    3. To determine home-field priority among division titlists, apply Wild-Card tie breakers.
    4. To determine home-field priority for Wild-Card qualifiers, apply division tie breakers (if teams are from the same division) or Wild-Card tie breakers (if teams are from different divisions).

    Tie Breaking Procedure for Draft:

    1. Clubs not participating in the playoffs shall select in the first through 20th positions in reverse standings order.
    2. The Super Bowl winner is last and Super Bowl loser is next-to-last.
    3. The losers of the Conference Championship games shall select 29th and 30th based on won-lost-tied percentage.
    4. The losers of the Divisional playoff games shall select 25th through 28th based on won-lost-tied percentage.
    5. The losers of the Wild Card games shall select 21st through 24th based on won-lost-tied percentage.

    If ties exist in any grouping except (2) above, such ties shall be broken by strength-of-schedule. If any ties cannot be broken by strength-of-schedule, the divisional or conference tie-breakers, if applicable, shall be applied. Any ties that still exist shall be broken by a coin flip.


  • 2018 NFL Draft Order

    Pick Team Notes
    1Cleveland  
    2New York Giants  
    3New York Jets from Indianapolis
    4Cleveland from Houston
    5Denver  
    6Indianapolis from New York Jets
    7Tampa Bay  
    8Chicago  
    9San Francisco  
    10Oakland  
    11Miami  
    12Buffalo from Cincinnati
    13Washington  
    14Green Bay  
    15Arizona  
    16Baltimore  
       
     
    Pick Team Notes
    17Los Angeles Chargers  
    18Seattle  
    19Dallas  
    20Detroit  
    21Cincinnati from Buffalo
    22Buffalo from Kansas City
    23Los Angeles Rams  
    24Carolina  
    25Tennessee  
    26Atlanta  
    27New Orleans  
    28Pittsburgh  
    29Jacksonville  
    30Minnesota  
    31New England 
    32Philadelphia  

    Tie-breaking procedure for the NFL Draft

    • Clubs not participating in the playoffs shall select in the first through 20th positions in reverse standings order.
    • The Super Bowl winner is last and Super Bowl loser is next-to-last.
    • The losers of the Conference Championship games shall select 29th and 30th based on won-lost-tied percentage.
    • The losers of the Divisional playoff games shall select 25th through 28th based on won-lost-tied percentage.
    • The losers of the Wild Card games shall select 21st through 24th based on won-lost-tied percentage.

    If ties exist in any grouping except (2) above, such ties shall be broken by strength-of-schedule. If any ties cannot be broken by strength-of-schedule, the divisional or conference tie-breakers, if applicable, shall be applied. Any ties that still exist shall be broken by a coin flip.