HOUSTON TX - DECEMBER 13: Cornerback Josh Wilson #37 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates intercepting a pass from Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans in overtime at Reliant Stadium on December 13 2010 in Houston Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

NFL Playoff Picture: Ravens Jump Jets In Wildcard Race After Monday Night Football Victory

The NFL playoff picture is starting to emerge in both the AFC and NFC.

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NFL Playoff Picture: Ravens Jump Jets In AFC Wildcard Race

In one of the most exciting games we've seen this year the Baltimore Ravens allowed the Houston Texans to comeback and push them to overtime before the Ravens' Josh Wilson picked off a Matt Schaub pass and brought it back for a touchdown. That gave Baltimore the win, a 9-4 record and put them in a tie with the New York Jets in the AFC wildcard race.

Here's how the NFL playoff picture is shaking out right now. There are four division leaders at this point and they are seeded in this order starting with No. 1: New England Patriots (11-2), Pittsburgh Steelers (10-2), Kansas City Chiefs (8-5) and Jacksonville Jaguars (8-5).

That leaves two wildcards. Before Monday night's game, the Jets held the fifth overall playoff spot and top wildcard at 9-4. Now that the Ravens have won, they actually leapfrog the Jets because they own the tiebreaker (head-to-head matchup). So the Ravens are now the fifth seed while the Jets are the sixth seed.

That chances the matchups we'd see if the playoffs started today. That now means the Jets would be traveling to Kansas City to play the Chiefs and the Ravens would travel to Jacksonville to play the Jaguars.

Though there's plenty that can change, it's looking the Jets and Ravens are the most likely duo to wrap up the two wildcard spots. Other playoff question marks include whether the Jaguars can hold off the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South and whether the Chiefs can win the AFC West over the San Diego Chargers.


NFL Playoff Scenarios: Cowboys, Redskins Among Teams Eliminated From Playoff Contention

As the 2010 NFL season winds down we're going to be seeing plenty of NFL playoff scenarios being thrown around. After Week 14, there are only 25 teams still mathematically eligible for the playoffs which of course means seven teams have been eliminated from the playoffs already.

Carolina Panthers: Carolina's on track for the No.1  pick in the draft and sit 11 games behind the 11-2 Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South. The Panthers were eliminated in Week 11.

Buffalo Bills: The Bills are now 3-10 on the season and already eight games behind the 11-2 New England Patriots for the AFC East division lead. The Bills were eliminated in Week 12.

Detroit Lions: The Lions are 3-10 on the season and six games behind the Chicago Bears in the NFC North. The Lions were elminated in Week 12.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos are 3-10 and have lost four straight and eight of their last nine. They were eliminated in Week 13.

Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys have played better under Jason Garrett but still stand at 4-9 on the year. They were eliminated in Week 14.

Washington Redskins: The Redskins botched snap on Sunday moved to 5-8 on the season and four games behind the Philadelphia Eagles with three to play. The Redskins were eliminated in Week 14.


AFC Playoff Picture: Patriots, Steelers Cruising; Chiefs, Chargers Battling

The New England Patriots clinched a playoff spot on Sunday in a blowout victory over the Chicago Bears and they appear well on their way to clinching the top seed and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Over the last six weeks, no one has been in the same hemisphere as they not only beat good teams but obliterate them. The Patriots, barring a collapse, will be your No. 1 seed in the AFC.

Meanwhile the 10-3 Pittsburgh Steelers are on pace to take the No. 2 seed in the AFC as they hold a one-game lead over the 8-4 Baltimore Ravens, who play the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football. A Ravens loss gives the Steelers a two-game lead in the division with three left to play while a Ravens victory keeps things interesting.

The Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Oakland Raiders on Sunday so they hold onto the top spot in the AFC South. It gives them a slight cushion as they head to Indy next week in a major showdown with the Colts, who trail the Jags by one game in the division. A Jacksonville victory next week nearly wraps up the division for them.

The 8-5 Chiefs and 7-6 Chargers are battling in the AFC West. The Chargers beat the Chiefs on Sunday but KC still holds a one-game lead in the division with three more to play. Only one of these two teams will make it as the wildcard is likely out of the question.

The two wildcard spots are currently being occupied by the 9-4 New York Jets and Ravens. Both teams could collapse on the way down but they have a strong hold on the wildcard right now.

So if the playoffs started today, here's what they'd look like....

No. 1 New England Patriots (bye)

No. 2 Pittsburgh Steelers (bye)

No. 6 Baltimore Ravens vs. No. 3 Kansas City Chiefs

No. 5 New York Jets vs. No. 4 Jacksonville Jaguars


NFC Playoff Picture: Falcons, Bears On Track For 1st Round Bye; Packers Fall Out

This hasn't been the best of weeks for the Green Bay Packers. QB Aaron Rodgers went down with a concussion, they lost to the Detroit Lions and now they've fallen out of the NFC playoff picture at 8-5. Things could be better for Green Bay, who should seemingly be better than their record. What's worse for the Packers is who's coming up -- Patriots, Giants and Bears. This team may not make the playoffs.

Teams that are happy about where they are right now include the Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears, who would both have first round byes if the NFL playoffs started today. The Falcons (11-2) are the most likely to take home a first round bye while the Bears will be battling with the Philadelphia Eagles for the other bye.

The Eagles are 9-4 in the NFC East awaiting the Giants, who are currently 8-4 and play tonight. The Bears lead the NFC North at 9-4 and the Falcons lead the AFC South at 11-2. The St. Louis Rams hold the tiebreaker over the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West. Those are your division leaders right now who would be making the playoffs if they started today.

The wildcard teams in play right now include the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants. The Saints look like they'll wrap up a playoff spot while the Giants will be battling with the Tampa Bay Bucs and the Packers, if they don't win the NFC East.

So if the playoffs started today, here's how the NFC would look:

No. 1 Atlanta Falcons (bye)

No. 2 Chicago Bears (bye)

No. 6 New York Giants vs. No. 3 Philadelphia Eagles

No. 5 New Orleans Saints vs. No. 4 St. Louis Rams

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