The playoff picture in the NFL got a little clearer on Sunday, as the Kansas City Chiefs clinched a playoff spot and have a legitimate shot at winning the AFC West after beating the Cleveland Browns 17-13 for their ninth straight win. The New York Jets won a shocking 26-20 overtime game against the New England Patriots after the Patriots amazed everyone by deciding to kickoff after winning the overtime coin toss, and now control their own destiny with the Pittsburgh Steelers also losing to the Ryan Mallet-led Baltimore Ravens 20-17. All the Jets have to do is win next week against their old head coach, Rex Ryan and the Bills, and they are in.

In the NFC, the Carolina Panthers undefeated season came to an end against the Atlanta Falcons, while the Arizona Cardinals destroyed the Green Bay Packers to clinch the second bye week and now have a chance to be the No. 1 seed if they win next week at home against Seattle. The Washington Redskins clinched the weak NFC East after beating Philadelphia Sunday, capping off a whirlwind season for a team that didn’t know who its opening day quarterback would be up until game day, and has now seen Kirk Cousins become it’s probable quarterback of the future. With the Green Bay loss and the Minnesota victory against the Giants Sunday night, their week 17 matchup will be a true battle for the division, with the loser taking the Wild Card spot, and most likely traveling to Washington for round one. As of right now, we know all the teams making the playoffs out of the NFC, it’s just a matter of seeding, but if nothing changes, it will be Seattle traveling to Green Bay, and Minnesota traveling to Washington, and the pressure is on the Vikings to change that script if they want a home game.

In the AFC, the Houston Texans have all but assured themselves of the Southern division championship, and after beating the Texans would simply need the Cincinnati Bengals to beat the Denver Broncos to clinch the division, as that would clinch the strength of victory tiebreaker over the Indianapolis Colts. The Bengals also clinched the Northern division with the Steelers loss, and would lock up the first round bye with the victory over the Broncos. While next week will determine the second Wild Card spot, as of right now, the first round match ups for the AFC would be the Chiefs going to Houston to take on the Texans, and the Jets going into Denver in what would be the ‘Battle of the Brandon Marshalls.’

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