NFL PlayoffsNFL Playoff Schedule 2016: AFC, NFC Postseason Dates, TV Schedule for Each RoundDaniel KramerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2016The NFC’s six playoff teams are already determined, though seeding remains up for grabs, as does the NFC North, whose crown will go to the winner of Sunday night’s game between the Minnesota Vikings jerseys and Green Bay Packers jerseys.
That winner will host a wild card game next weekend as the No. 3 seed, while the loser will take either the fifth or sixth seed, depending on how the Seattle Seahawks jerseys fare in their regular season finale. They will assume the remaining wild card spot.
The other three NFC playoff teams are the Carolina Panthers jerseys, Arizona Cardinals jerseys and Washington Redskins jerseys.
Four AFC squads have clinched a playoff berth, and another four are vying for the remaining two spots.
The Houston Texans jerseys, entering Sunday 8 7, are in line to win the AFC South, though the 7 8 Indianapolis Colts jerseys are hanging on to a 0.03 percent chance of making the postseason, hoping for “10 different games to break right”, perESPN’s Football Power Index.
The New York Jets jerseys can clinch a wild card with a win Sunday, while the Pittsburgh Steelers jerseys are on the outside looking in at 9 6. They earn a wild card spot if they beat the Cleveland Browns jerseys and the Jets jerseys lose to the Buffalo Bills jerseys. The AFC North is already claimed by the Cincinnati Bengals jerseys.
While TV times and scheduling won’t be official until Sunday night, here is a look at the projected playoff schedule.
It’s already assured the Packers jerseys, Vikings jerseys, Seahawks jerseys and Redskins jerseys will be in action on Wild Card Weekend, as the Panthers jerseys and Cardinals jerseys have clinched a first round bye. CAR/AZ
4. 4 is the only locked seed thus far. They’ll host the No. 5 seed next weekend, which will either be the Packers jerseys, Vikings jerseys or Seahawks jerseys none of whom they played in 2015.
The Panthers jerseys can secure home field advantage throughout with a win Sunday vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers jerseys. But a Panthers jerseys loss and a Cardinals jerseys win over the Seahawks jerseys would concede Arizona the No. 1 seed.
In that scenario, both teams would be 14 2, but the Cardinals jerseys would hold the tiebreaker with a better NFC record.
The Packers jerseys could be as high as the No. 3 seed at 11 5 with a win Sunday vs. the Vikings jerseys or as low as the No. 5 at 10 6, as they hold a tiebreaker over the Seahawks jerseys for their Week 2 win over Seattle.
Seattle’s ceiling is the No. 5 seed and would need to beat Arizona and have the Vikings jerseys lose to secure that spot. Seattle trumped Minnesota 38 7 in Week 13.
Dark Horses Loom in AFC Playoffs
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New England is favored to reach its seventh Super Bowl in the cheap Tom Brady jersey cheap jerseys Bill Belichik era, perOdds Shark, yet unlike earlier this season when the Patriots jerseys appeared invincible, they now see that the margin among AFC contenders has dwindled greatly.
When a high powered team like the Steelers jerseys could realistically miss the playoffs, a Jets jerseys squad under a first year staff upsets New England late in the year and the quietly lurking Chiefs jerseys rattle off nine straight and remain in contention for the AFC West, parity appears at the forefront.