2023 NFL playoff picture through Week 12: Eagles lead the NFC, as the battle for AFC top seed heats up


The NFL is entering the final stretch of the 2023 season, and while some teams are exactly where the experts had predicted, others have taken an unfortunate turn. 

The Baltimore Ravens enter their bye week on top of the AFC after a dominating win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night. Within reach by just one game are the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Kansas City Chiefs – all of which have a chance to move the needle during Baltimore’s rest.  

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Travis Kelce, #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs, celebrates with Skyy Moore, #24, after he scored a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on Nov. 20, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

In the NFC, the Philadelphia Eagles hold the top spot with the best record in the NFL entering Week 13, but two games behind are the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions. 

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Read below for the current 2023 NFL playoff picture through Week 12. 

AFC

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Mark Andrews, #89 of the Baltimore Ravens, celebrates with Tyler Linderbaum, #64, after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at M&T Bank Stadium on Oct. 22, 2023 in Baltimore. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

1. Baltimore Ravens

Record: 9-3, 1st in the AFC North

Remaining schedule: BYE, Rams, at Jaguars, at 49ers, Dolphins, Steelers

2. Kansas City Chiefs 

Record: 8-3, 1st in the AFC West

Remaining schedule: at Packers, Bills, at Patriots, Raiders, Bengals, at Chargers

3. Jacksonville Jaguars 

Record: 8-3, 1st in the AFC South 

Remaining schedule: Bengals, at Browns, Ravens, at Buccaneers, Panthers, at Titans

4. Miami Dolphins 

Record: 8-3, 1st in the AFC East

Remaining schedule: at Commanders, Titans, Jets, Cowboys, at Ravens, Bills

5. Pittsburgh Steelers

Record: 7-4, 2nd in the AFC North 

Remaining schedule: Cardinals, Patriots, at Colts, Bengals, at Seahawks, at Ravens

6. Cleveland Browns

Record: 7-4, 3rd in the AFC North

Remaining Schedule: at Rams, Jaguars, Bears, at Texans, Jets, at Bengals 

7. Indianapolis Colts

Record: 6-5, 2nd in the AFC South 

Remaining schedule: at Titans, at Bengals, Steelers, at Falcons, Raiders, Texans

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NFC

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Jalen Hurts, #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles, warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills at Lincoln Financial Field on Nov. 26, 2023 in Philadelphia. (Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)

1. Philadelphia Eagles 

Record: 10-1, 1st in the NFC East 

Remaining schedule: 49ers, at Cowboys, at Seahawks, Giants, Cardinals, at Giants, 

2. San Francisco 49ers

Record: 8-3, 1st in the NFC West 

Remaining schedule: at Eagles, Seahawks, at Cardinals, Ravens, at Commanders, Rams

3. Detroit Lions

Record: 8-3, 1st in the NFC North

Remaining schedule: at Saints, at Bears, Broncos, at Vikings, at Cowboys, Vikings 

4. Atlanta Falcons

Record: 5-6, 1st in the NFC South 

Remaining schedule: at Jets, Buccaneers, at Panthers, Colts, at Bears, at Saints

5. Dallas Cowboys

Record: 8-3, 2nd in the NFC East

Remaining schedule: Seahawks, Eagles, at Bills, at Dolphins, Lions, at Commanders

6. Seattle Seahawks 

Record: 6-5, 2nd in the NFC West 

Remaining schedule: at Cowboys, at 49ers, Eagles, at Titans, Steelers, at Cardinals 

7. Minnesota Vikings 

Record: 6-6, 2nd in the NFC North

Remaining schedule: BYE, at Raiders, at Bengals, Lions, Packers, at Lions 

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DOWN, BUT NOT OUT

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Josh Allen, #17 of the Buffalo Bills, celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Nov. 26, 2023 in Philadelphia. (Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)

The Buffalo Bills remain second in the AFC East, but their playoff chances took a massive hit on Sunday with an overtime loss to the Eagles. For a team that qualified for the playoffs five of six times and are three-time defending AFC East champions, the Bills are on the outside looking in. 

Buffalo has not been eliminated yet, but a tough stretch after a bye week includes games against the Chiefs, Cowboys and Dolphins. 

The Houston Texans fell to the No. 8 seed after a narrow loss to the Jaguars on Sunday, while the Denver Broncos continue to inch closer to the final Wild Card spot with five-straight wins. The Texans, as of now, would win a tiebreaker over Denver because they hold the best win percentage in conference games.

The Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints are vying for the final playoff spot, with the Packers just one game behind the Vikings. However, after wins over both teams this season, the Packers would win the tiebreaker between the three. 

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END OF THE ROAD?

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Bryce Young, #9 of the Carolina Panthers, looks on during the second half of the game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on Nov. 26, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

The Carolina Panthers, the Arizona Cardinals and the New England Patriots are nearing elimination as their seasons continue to slide. 

The Panthers hold the worst record in the NFL at 1-10, with the Cardinals only slightly better at 2-10. The Patriots are not far off at 2-9.

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