Home-field advantage was on the line today, but the AFC playoff picture is now set.
The final week of the NFL regular season comes to a close, and the playoff picture in the AFC has been set. These are your match-ups in next week's Wild-Card round, and beyond.
It's the AFC North and South who finished the season with two teams in the playoffs. Representing the North, both the Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) and Baltimore Ravens (10-6) play next week. In the South, the Indianapolis Colts (11-5) join them in the Wild-Card round following an unlikely playoff push resulted in a 5th seed. The Patriots (13-3) and their second seed will wait in the divisional playoff round.
The Denver Broncos led by Peyton Manning had a special regular season. The decision by John Elway to sign Manning in the off-season, when questions surrounding his health were still in play, have paid huge dividends, as their 13-3 season make them the team to beat in the AFC, enjoying home field advantage for the playoffs.
Cincinnati Bengals (6th seed) at Houston Texans (3rd seed)
Indianapolis Colts (5th seed) at Baltimore Ravens (4th seed)
(Lowest winning seed) at Denver Broncos (1st seed)
(Highest winning seed) at New England Patriots (2nd seed)