After one of the vital unsure intervals in fashionable N.F.L. historical past, with a recreation suspended after which canceled, Week 18 will go on as deliberate with the excellent news that Bills security Damar Hamlin is making speedy progress after a life-threatening damage.
On Thursday, the league announced that video games would go on as scheduled and that the Bills-Bengals recreation wouldn’t be made up. The No. 1 seed within the A.F.C. shall be awarded based mostly on successful proportion, and the convention championship recreation could also be performed on a impartial website, relying on which groups are concerned.
As the N.F.L. famous in its announcement, any determination it might have made would have include “competitive inequities.” But for many groups, the playoff image is unchanged. In the N.F.C., three groups — the Lions, Packers and Seahawks — are vying for the final convention spot within the postseason. And within the A.F.C., the Patriots, Dolphins and Steelers are vying for the remaining wild-card berth.
In each conferences, the No. 1 seed stays up for grabs, with Kansas City and the Bills competing for the highest spot within the A.F.C, and the Eagles, Cowboys and 49ers battling for it within the N.F.C.
The charts beneath map the playoff paths that stay for every group. They listing all of the methods a group could make the playoffs — or be eradicated from them. The tree diagrams begin with a given group and listing the potential outcomes of the video games which may matter to that group, in chronological order from left to proper.
We’ll replace them all through the weekend, they usually’ll all hyperlink again to our interactive playoff simulator, which helps you to discover any state of affairs.
One word: The textual content doesn’t account for ties. But we now have included a button with every tree for those who’d prefer to discover how ties have an effect on every group’s playoff path.
Buffalo Bills (13-3)
The Bills host the Patriots, and might get both the No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 seed within the A.F.C. Since there was no end result from the Bills-Bengals recreation on Monday evening, the Bills need assistance to get the No. 1 seed. A win coupled with a Raiders win on Saturday will give the Bills the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye.
The Dolphins’ Week 17 loss to the Patriots has put them on the skin of the playoff image, however they nonetheless have a path to the No. 7 seed. They should beat the Jets and hope the Patriots lose to the 12-3 Bills at Buffalo. Otherwise they’re out.
Cincinnati Bengals (12-4)
Because there was no lead to Cincinnati’s recreation towards Buffalo, the Bengals can not get the No. 1 seed or a bye week. If they win and the Bills lose, the Bengals would be the No. 2 seed, internet hosting the Patriots, Dolphins, Steelers or Jaguars. Otherwise they would be the No. 3 seed and host the Ravens or the Chargers.
Baltimore Ravens (10-7)
The Ravens are within the playoffs, however can not catch the Bengals within the A.F.C. North. They’ll enter the playoffs because the No. 5 or No. 6 seed.
Jacksonville Jaguars (9-8)
The Jaguars will play for the A.F.C. South title once they host the Titans on Saturday. A win offers them the No. 4 seed and a house wild-card recreation towards the Ravens or Chargers. They can nonetheless make the playoffs in the event that they lose, because the No. 7 seed, if the Dolphins, Steelers and Patriots all lose their video games.
Kansas City Chiefs (14-3)
Kansas City can do no worse than the No. 2 seed within the A.F.C. and might clinch a first-round bye with a win over the Raiders. If they lose, they will nonetheless get the No. 1 seed if the Patriots win on the street towards the Bills.
Los Angeles Chargers (10-6)
Remaining recreation: at Broncos
The Chargers are in as a wild-card group. A win towards the Broncos on Sunday would give them the No. 5 seed and a playoff opener towards Jacksonville or Tennessee. On the opposite hand, a loss and a Ravens win would relegate the Chargers to the No. 6 seed, leaving them to face a more durable opponent — the Bengals or Bills — within the first spherical.
Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)
Remaining recreation: Giants
For weeks, the Eagles have been on the cusp of clinching the division and the No. 1 seed within the N.F.C., with a bye week and home-field benefit all through the playoffs. But they’ve misplaced two in a row, leaving open a number of prospects.
A win or a tie towards the Giants offers them the No. 1 seed. A Cowboys loss offers the Eagles the division title and not less than the No. 2 seed. A loss and a Cowboys win would relegate the Eagles to the No. 5 seed; they might go to Tom Brady and the Bucs at Tampa Bay within the wild-card spherical.
Dallas Cowboys (12-4)
Remaining recreation: at Commanders
The Cowboys saved alive their hopes of successful the division with a win final week. If they win once more and the Eagles lose, they’ll clinch the N.F.C. East title and might get a first-round bye if the 49ers lose as properly. If the Cowboys lose, they’ll be the No. 5 seed, visiting Tampa Bay within the first spherical of the playoffs.
New York Giants (9-6-1)
Remaining recreation: at Eagles
The Giants would be the No. 6 seed it doesn’t matter what occurs in Week 18. They’ll go to the No. 3 seed — both the 49ers or the Vikings — within the first spherical of the playoffs.
Minnesota Vikings (13-4)
After a disastrous loss to the Packers on Sunday, the Vikings are prone to fall to the No. 3 seed, internet hosting the Giants within the wild-card spherical. If they win and the 49ers lose, they would be the No. 2 seed, internet hosting the No. 7 seed (the Packers, Lions or Seahawks).
Green Bay Packers (8-8)
Remaining recreation: Lions
It’s easy for the Packers: A win makes them the No. 7 seed. They would go to the 49ers, Vikings, Eagles or Cowboys within the first spherical of the playoffs. A loss or tie eliminates them. They host the 8-8 Lions, who’re hoping for his or her first playoff berth since the 2016 season.
Detroit Lions (8-8)
Remaining recreation: at Packers
By the time their recreation towards the Packers begins on Sunday evening, the Lions may already be out of playoff rivalry. But if the Rams beat the Seahawks and the Lions beat the Packers in Green Bay, the Lions will get their first playoff berth since the 2016 season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-9)
The Bucs have clinched the N.F.C. South division title and can host the No. 5 seed — most likely the Cowboys — within the first spherical. Nothing that occurs in Week 18 will change that.
San Francisco 49ers (12-4)
Remaining recreation: Cardinals
The 49ers have received the N.F.C. West. A win and a Giants win towards the Eagles on Sunday would give them the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye. Otherwise, they’ll be the No. 2 or No. 3 seed and can open the playoffs towards both the Giants, Seahawks or the winner of the Lions-Packers recreation.
Seattle Seahawks (8-8)
Remaining recreation: Rams
The Seahawks don’t management their playoff path, however they nonetheless have a shot at snagging the final wild-card spot within the N.F.C. They’ll have to win at residence towards the Rams after which hope for a Lions win over the Packers on Sunday evening.