NFL playoff picture: Broncos stay on top of AFC standings with win vs. Chiefs

Jamie Squire

The Broncos are still hanging onto the top spot in the AFC.

The Denver Broncos took one on the chin in New England in Week 12, but they came right back swinging in Week 13. Peyton Manning threw five touchdowns and the Broncos beat the Kansas City Chiefs.

The No. 1 seed is the biggest story in the AFC, but the wild card race could be an interesting one as well if the Ravens slip up at all in the next few weeks.

For now, the playoff picture is stable through the majority of Week 13 games.

AFC Playoff Picture

*Denotes a team that hasn't completed its Week 13 game yet

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. Baltimore Ravens (6-6)

The Denver Broncos stayed a game ahead of the New England Patriots in Week 13 after beating the Kansas City Chiefs on the road on Sunday. The Broncos still control their own destiny, even after losing to the Patriots in Week 12. Meanwhile, the Chiefs still have a strong hold on a wild card spot. The Ravens hold the tiebreaker over the Miami Dolphins

On the bubble

Miami Dolphins (6-6)

NFC Playoff Picture

*Denotes a team that hasn't completed its Week 13 game yet

1. Seattle Seahawks (10-1)*

2. New Orleans Saints (9-2)*

3. Detroit Lions (7-5)

4. Dallas Cowboys (7-5)

5. Carolina Panthers (9-3)

6. San Francisco 49ers (8-4)

The NFC Playoff picture hasn't changed much. The only way it could shuffle around a bit is if the division races in both the NFC North and NFC East take a turn, which is very possible. The Seahawks and Saints will also play on Monday Night Football for control of the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

On the bubble

Philadelphia Eagles (7-5), Arizona Cardinals (7-5), Chicago Bears (6-6)

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