AFC playoff picture: No. 1 seed, Wild Cards unsettled in Week 17

AP

There’s one regular season game left for all of the AFC’s teams and we still don’t know which six will continue playing beyond next Sunday.

The Wild Card spots will be doled out based on the results of games involving the Ravens, Titans, Bills and Chargers, which will make for plenty of intrigue when the 4:25 p.m. ET games kick off in Week 17. The other big question left unsettled after Christmas weekend is who will be the top seed in the conference.

Monday’s easy Steelers win means that they can still wind up in the No. 1 spot, although the Patriots can end those hopes with a win at Gillette Stadium.

LEADERS
1. Patriots (12-3): Beat the Jets and they won’t leave New England unless they’re going to the Super Bowl.

2. Steelers (12-3): Monday’s win clinched a first-round bye and more time for wide receiver Antonio Brown to recover.

3. Jaguars (10-5): Pittsburgh’s win ended any hopes of a bye in Jacksonville.

4. Chiefs (9-6): They are locked into the No. 4 seed, which has some wondering if Patrick Mahomes might play.

5. Ravens (9-6): There are other paths to the playoffs, but the easiest is beating the Bengals.

6. Titans (8-7): A three-game losing streak hasn’t knocked them out of playoff contention, but a fourth would likely finish the job.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
7. Chargers (8-7): Beating the Raiders is the first part of their path to the playoffs, the Titans losing is the second part and either a Ravens win or a Bills loss would extend the Chargers season.

8. Bills (8-7): They can get in with a win and losses by the teams in front of them because they lose all tiebreakers, including a head-to-head with the Chargers thanks to their regular season loss fueled by five Nathan Peterman interceptions.

41 responses to “AFC playoff picture: No. 1 seed, Wild Cards unsettled in Week 17

  1. .
    If the preliminary outcomes hold true to form, then the Steelers would have to beat Jacksonville at home and the Patriots on the road in back to back weeks to advance to the Super Bowl. That’s a tall order for any team.
    .

  2. Does anyone really believe the Bills with Tyrod Taylor at QB would have defeated the Chargers? That whole Nathan Peterman thing looks bad, but in the end it made no difference.

  3. Interesting personal races for passing yards, rushing and receiving. too.

    If JAX and KC win at home in wild card round, they would go on the road in the divsion round where they already won in the regular season.

  4. lets be real here. The reason the Bills most likely will not make the playoffs is not because of the Peterman game. They would have lost that game with Tyrod too. There were plenty of road games they should have won (Panthers, Jets) that cost them the playoffs. A good QB (& no definately not Tyrod) & some receiver help & this team is easily a playoff team. & who would have thought that at the beginning of the season?

  5. There is no stopping the officials in the upcoming post season but maybe the Undertaker can come in with a chair and hit whoever is playing the Patriots in the back, or Macho Man Rob Gronk will elbow slam a defensless player in the back of the head.
    WWE NFL WWF What’s the difference.

  6. This Bronco fan thought the AFC West would be the best division, but the only team in that group to perform to expectations were the Chargers. Hopefully this will help them round up some fans.

  7. BuffaloSportsTown says:
    December 26, 2017 at 8:41 am
    There is no stopping the officials in the upcoming post season but maybe the Undertaker can come in with a chair and hit whoever is playing the Patriots in the back, or Macho Man Rob Gronk will elbow slam a defensless player in the back of the head.
    WWE NFL WWF What’s the difference.
    ——————————————
    It wasn’t a catch…..
    Losers blame the refs & winners play in the post season…

  8. Well the WWF is the World Wildlife Foundation. I’m not exactly sure what pandas have to do with football.

  9. BuffaloSportsTown says:
    December 26, 2017 at 8:41 am
    There is no stopping the officials in the upcoming post season but maybe the Undertaker can come in with a chair and hit whoever is playing the Patriots in the back, or Macho Man Rob Gronk will elbow slam a defensless player in the back of the head.
    WWE NFL WWF What’s the difference.

    ————————————

    The Bills came out of the half in a tied game and with first possession.
    They then went on to be outscored 24-3 for the half.
    Apparently it’s easier to believe in conspiracy these days then to accept not being good enough to win. But hey, let’s say the Bills somehow get in – does anyone believe they will go anywhere?

  10. tinye67 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 9:19 am
    One thing is for sure, someway…some how…the NFL will ensure the Patriots get to AFC Championship game. If not the Super Bowl

    Can you explain how that works?

    #excusemaking

  11. Tyrod Taylor is gone next year – thank the heavens, Tony Romo pointed it out on 2 solid occasions (for the folks who scratch their heads why we put Peterman in)….nicely as possible, “That WR is open by NFL standards” So, Ty misses 2 passes like this a game, multiplied by 40 games and here we are..again. He doesn’t even beat teams with his legs anymore!!! Tyrod and 4th Qtr comeback are expressions no one has ever read, or written.

    Maddening – trade upto SF #4 and get the QB already. Tyrod, Fitz, Losman, etc – all Steve Deberg clones….just good enough to get you beat.

  12. There is no stopping the officials in the upcoming post season but maybe the Undertaker can come in with a chair and hit whoever is playing the Patriots in the back, or Macho Man Rob Gronk will elbow slam a defensless player in the back of the head.
    WWE NFL WWF What’s the difference.
    ____________________________________

    1) is wrestling still watched by people?
    2) Gronk’s hit was stupid, i agree and most of us New Englanders who are honest agree.
    3) If the officials are in our back pockets, they clearly would have given the bills gift flags to ensure their IDIOTIC 50 yard field goal into the wind in the 4th quarter down 7 on a 4th and 1 to be converted! They went for it on 4th down in the red zone in the 1st quarter which is smart because they are pushing the envelope. But down 7 late in the game it made sense to kick a field goal and play keep it close?! That is stupid. This is why we beat so many teams when they have decent game plans. Belichick outsmarts them. Ill give you yards, ill give you the red zone, but you are kicking field goals.

    By the way, in my opinion, Benjamin’s catch should have been a touchdown. too much disparity and the call was a touchdown on the field anyways.

  13. Can you explain how that works?
    __________________________________
    Its called Goddell executing his own calls down to the zebra men, it’s really not that hard. It happen to the Steelers and Bills just recently.

  14. Tyrod beat Falcons and Cheifs, why wouldn’t he be able to beat Chargers? lmao. Even if he doesn’t personally beat the chargers, he takes care of the ball. That’s huge because that defense would have turned over Philip Rivers.

    So, get real. Bills make the playoffs without that blunder.

  15. In the AFC, one thing is certain: An elite QB makes for a much easier path to the Super Bowl. It’s the reason why when people reference great defenses carrying average QBs, we continue to land on Trent Dilfer, from almost 20 years ago!

    For this years threats, it’s really a 3 team race with New England, Kansas City and Pittsburgh. Jacksonville proved how average Bortles was this weekend. Alex Smith is hot or cold but he doesn’t make turnovers and when he and Hunt are both on, watch out.

    This isn’t the Ravens of years past, and Flacco looks downright awful so far. The Bills and Chargers are average and won’t survive the WC round. I predict this will go exactly according to the seeding. The (3) & (4) will win the WC round. The (1) & (2) will win the Divisional round. And the (1) will win the Conf Championship game in Foxboro.

    Might not want another Patriots team in the Super Bowl, but without the childish “Belicheat” or “Tammy Brady”, tell me how this team isn’t playing in Minnesota in February?

  16. tinye67 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 9:19 am
    One thing is for sure, someway…some how…the NFL will ensure the Patriots get to AFC Championship game. If not the Super Bowl

    ——————————–

    I’m not the biggest Pats fan but I certainly don’t buy into these conspiracy theories that has them advancing in the playoffs by some “Goodell” intervention. Bottom line, Brady and Bellicheck are better than everyone else. This is true whether we want to admit it or not.
    The NFL has nothing to do with the outcome of games. There are way too many plays during a game that cannot be dictated by an office on Park Ave.
    Get over it fans of 4-12 teams out there. Until Brady’s play declines we just have to continue to endure watching him perform his mastery.

  17. mrkbuilders says:
    December 26, 2017 at 11:27 am

    This isn’t the Ravens of years past, and Flacco looks downright awful so far.
    ——————————–
    He certainly started slowly after missing the preseason with a back injury and then having the two best OL go down with injury, but the offense has turned things around and Joe has had seven TD passes and just one pick down the stretch.

    Take the Ravens lightly at your peril.

  18. tinye67 says:

    December 26, 2017 at 9:19 am

    One thing is for sure, someway…some how…the NFL will ensure the Patriots get to AFC Championship game. If not the Super Bowl.

    ___________________

    Wrong. The PATRIOTS will ensure it.

  19. If everyone is so tired of the Patriots always being in the playoffs, the AFCCG, and the Super Bowl, then they should get better. Stop it with the tin foil stuff and concentrate on your own team.

    I got news for all of you Patriot haters that are waiting for the Patriots decline after Brady and Belichick hang it up. Your teams are still going to suck.

  20. LOOK OUT now because here comes January JOE and those Hard Hitting Baltimore Ravens. 10-6 heading into the playoffs has produced two Super Bowl championships for the black and purple. KC, NE, Jacksonville will all be tough victories on the road but January JOE loves the ROAD to the Super Bowl!!!

  21. by beating Detroit, the Bengals suddenly shows some life and may knock the Ravens out of the playoffs. May be they were encouraged by rumors that their head coach may step down. Baltimore is very beatable because all of their victories came against teams that will miss the playoffs. They did not beat a single playoff bound team all season.

  22. The Patriots are not losing another game. Teams should prepare to come to Foxborough for the playoffs to which they will lose.

  23. mmack66 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 12:09 pm
    If everyone is so tired of the Patriots always being in the playoffs, the AFCCG, and the Super Bowl, then they should get better. Stop it with the tin foil stuff and concentrate on your own team.

    I got news for all of you Patriot haters that are waiting for the Patriots decline after Brady and Belichick hang it up. Your teams are still going to suck.

    ———————-
    The most important contributor to all that already has a replacement lined up. Jonathan Kraft seems to have his fathers touch for running buisnesses and assrmbling the right people to get the job done. (Not just in football either).

  24. steelcurtainn says:
    December 26, 2017 at 11:15 am
    Can you explain how that works?
    __________________________________
    Its called Goddell executing his own calls down to the zebra men, it’s really not that hard. It happen to the Steelers and Bills just recently.

    11 25 Rate This

    You realize Goodell is originally from Buffalo right?

  25. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    December 26, 2017 at 1:39 pm
    The Patriots are not losing another game. Teams should prepare to come to Foxborough for the playoffs to which they will lose

    #fakepatriotsfan

  26. steelcurtainn says:
    December 26, 2017 at 11:15 am
    Can you explain how that works?
    __________________________________
    Its called Goddell executing his own calls down to the zebra men, it’s really not that hard. It happen to the Steelers and Bills just recently

    #tinfoilhat

    #tombradyownsthesteelersnottheroonys

  27. If Harrison still has something in the tank, the Patriots may have solved their inconsistent pressure issue. Do that, and I’m pretty comfortable with any match up. But I really wish they had managed to keep Chris Long. I don’t think the Eagles are going to get very far with the offense I saw last night.

  28. People are forgetting that this is Marvin Lewis’ last game as the Bengals head coach. I’m expecting Cincinnati to play full throttle and try and send him out with a win. The Bengals are bad but good enough to do it.

    Buffalo pretty much dominated Miami two weeks ago. No reason to think they can’t do it again. Dolphins have dialed it in for this season and Cutler knows he won’t be back so he’ll play it safe as not to get hurt. Bills by 14 at least.

  29. kissbillsrings says:
    December 26, 2017 at 9:25 am
    BuffaloSportsTown says:
    December 26, 2017 at 8:41 am
    There is no stopping the officials in the upcoming post season but maybe the Undertaker can come in with a chair and hit whoever is playing the Patriots in the back, or Macho Man Rob Gronk will elbow slam a defensless player in the back of the head.
    WWE NFL WWF What’s the difference.
    ——————————————
    It wasn’t a catch…..
    Losers blame the refs & winners play in the post season…

    ———-

    I could have sworn it was “winners cry about how mean ol’ Goodell is out to get them”. That’s what it seems like on here and on Twitter, anyway.

  30. RavenzGunnerz says:
    December 26, 2017 at 11:26 am
    Tyrod beat Falcons and Cheifs, why wouldn’t he be able to beat Chargers? lmao. Even if he doesn’t personally beat the chargers, he takes care of the ball. That’s huge because that defense would have turned over Philip Rivers.

    So, get real. Bills make the playoffs without that blunder.

    —-

    Errr, except that defense didn’t take the ball from Rivers. So if Tyrod had played, they would have? The Bills beat the Chiefs because the defense gave up 10 points. Tyrod led the offense to 16. Whoopdy doo. They beat the Falcons on the back of THREE turnovers by Matt Ryan, and they still only won by 6.

    Tyrod led ZERO touchdown drives against New England in two games this year. He had two starts where he threw under 100 yards. Panthers game was there for the taking, with our defense holding them to 9, but alas, Tyrod couldn’t muster more than 3 points.

    Tyrod is not good. And he wasn’t winning that Chargers game.

  31. By sitting on the couch for two weeks, the Steelers will be so soft they won’t have a prayer of advancing.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.