NFL Playoff Picture – If the Postseason Started Today (Week 14)

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By James Patrick Quizon | December 4, 2013 12:33 PM EST

With four weeks to go in the NFL regular season, it appears we have already separated the Super Bowl contenders from the pretenders. Nevertheless, don’t tell that to a slew of teams who are still hoping for a playoff spot and are still mathematically probable to join the cast of postseason teams:

National Football Conference

  1. Seattle Seahawks (11-1)
  2. New Orleans Saints (9-3)
  3. Detroit Lions (7-5)
  4. Dallas Cowboys (7-5)
  5. Carolina Panthers (7-5)
  6. San Francisco 49ers (8-4)

Opening Round Bye: Seattle, New Orleans
NFC Wildcard: Detroit vs. San Francisco, Dallas vs. Carolina

American Football Conference

  1. Denver Broncos (10-2)
  2. New England Patriots (9-3)
  3. Indianapolis Colts (8-4)
  4. Cincinnati Bengals (8-4)
  5. Kansas City Chiefs (9-3)
  6. 6. Baltimore Ravens (6-6)

Opening Round Bye: Denver, New England
AFC Wildcard: Indianapolis vs. Baltimore, Cincinnati vs. Kansas City

Still in the hunt for a playoff spot are the Miami Dolphins (6-6), Tennessee Titans (5-7), Pittsburgh Steelers (5-7), New York Jets (5-7) and San Diego Chargers (5-7) in the AFC while the Philadelphia Eagles (7-5), Arizona Cardinals (7-5), Chicago Bears (6-6) and Green Bay Packers (5-6) still have a fighting chance in the NFC.

All of these teams however, do not control destiny in their hands; they need help from the higher-ranked teams, and that these same teams start losing from this point on so the teams outside the playoff picture could have a chance.

Crucial Games in Week 14 (With Major Playoff Positioning Implications)

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