A handful of spots in the postseason are still up for grabs and the second-to-last Sunday of the 2015 NFL regular season will help to sort those out.
One of those spots was already claimed in Week 16 on Saturday, when Washington won the NFC East by defeating the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles and New York Giants were already eliminated in the NFC Wild Card race, but still had postseason hopes alive, thanks to the lackluster records in the NFC East.
With the hopes of the Giants and Eagles officially extinguished, 16 teams have officially been eliminated and nine teams are still alive entering Sunday.
In the first slate on nine games, the biggest story was the Falcons ending the Panthers' perfect season with a 20-13 win. Atlanta kept its faint playoff hopes alive with the win.
Last week, the Houston Texans snagged a one-game lead in the AFC South with a win over the Indianapolis Colts and could have end the race altogether by beating the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, as long as it was coupled with a loss for the Colts. But the Colts, who lost Matt Hasselbeck due to injury, held on to beat the Dolphins. The Texans blew out the Titans, which officially eliminated the Jacksonville Jaguars from the playoffs before their game with the New Orleans Saints.
However, the best race for playoff spots is the four-team drag race for the other three spots in the AFC. Entering Week 16, the New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs were all on winning streaks and tied at 9-5, just one game behind the Denver Broncos who have a chance at missing the postseason even if they find an 11th win. The Chiefs beat the Browns to win their ninth straight game, but the Steelers fell to the Ryan Mallett-led Ravens. Kansas City clinched a spot in the playoffs while the Steelers' loss gave the AFC North title to the Cincinnati Bengals.
In dramatic fashion, the Jets topped the Patriots in overtime to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Broncos don't play until a Monday Night Football matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, but the Chiefs' win put pressure on them in the AFC West race.
In the second group of games, the Cardinals and Packers had a showdown between two of the NFC's top teams, but it didn't look like it, as the Cardinals dominated the Packers from start to finish. The Rams were in Seattle for an always wild division game with the Seahawks, and they walked out of Seattle with a victory. The Saints scored 38 points to beat the Jaguars in a meaningless but fun one.
Below, we've got all of the Week 16 games, with scores updated throughout the day.
Final scores so far for Sunday (all times ET)
Washington 38, Philadelphia Eagles 24 [Saturday]
Atlanta Falcons 20, Carolina Panthers 13
Buffalo Bills 16, Dallas Cowboys 6
Detroit Lions 32, San Francisco 49ers 17
Kansas City Chiefs 17, Cleveland Browns 13
Indianapolis Colts 18, Miami Dolphins 12
New York Jets 26, New England Patriots 20 (OT)
Houston Texans 34, Tennessee Titans 6
Baltimore Ravens 20, Pittsburgh Steelers 17
New Orleans Saints 38, Jacksonville Jaguars 27
Arizona Cardinals 38, Green Bay Packers 8
St. Louis Rams 23, Seattle Seahawks 17
Minnesota Vikings 49, New York Giants 17
Cam Newton briefly panicked when he couldn't find his post-touchdown football to give to a kid, but Mike Tolbert saved the day.
Matt Ryan (?!) juked the hell out of Panthers LB Thomas Davis.
Carson Palmer got ready to play the Packers by ... running around in a hula skirt before the game.
DeAngelo Williams got violently hair tackled by Ravens LB Za'Darius Smith.
Julio Jones totally posterized Luke Kuechly.
The Falcons had 15 defenders on the field, but Cam Newton still got a first down.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank dabbed after his team's upset win. Newton, your response?
Uh no, Johnny Manziel. Your right tackle is not an eligible receiver.
Lions center Travis Swanson might be frozen in carbonite.
Jarvis Landry made a spectacular one-handed grab for the Dolphins in their unspectacular loss to the Colts.
Eric Decker's game-winning touchdown gave him and Brandon Marshall a record for teammate TDs once owned by Cris Carter and Randy Moss.
Cardinals RB David Johnson took on practically the entire Packers' defense -- and won.
After their playoff-clinching win, the Chiefs were greeted by Santa Paul Rudd, the only Santa who never looks old.
Andy Reid may have officially killed the dab.
The Seahawks' offense has been on a tear, but it went off the rails early against the Rams.
Rams punter Johnny Hekker can dish, but when Cliff Avril is coming at him, he ... cowers in fear.
Todd Gurley is ridiculous ... but sometimes he isn't.
Clay Matthews will help you up ... just kidding.
The Giants were shellacked on Sunday Night Football, and J.T. Thomas lost his cool and got himself ejected.