Thursday, January 27

NFL standings: updated image of the NFC and AFC playoffs for week 13 of the 2021 season

The NFL’s 2021 season is in double-digit weeks and closer to the end of its new 17-game schedule. It’s time to recheck the updated standings and what the playoff picture looks like for Week 13.

The league kept its playoff field widened, with 14 of its 32 teams (43.8 percent) set to qualify for the final postseason. That includes 7 each from the AFC and NFC, with only the No. 1 seeds getting free passes on top of home advantage.

Who would be in, who is still in dispute, and who should he be thinking of next season? Here’s a full look:

Patriots, 49ers, Buccaneers rise as Rams and Steelers fall in Week 13

NFL standings for Week 13

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Image of the AFC playoffs

Who would be inside?

1. Baltimore Ravens (8-3), first place, AFC North. The Ravens made sure to stay ahead of the Patriots in the race for the No. 1 seed and the Bengals for the division lead by beating the Browns at home Sunday night. Baltimore still has a tough slate ahead of it, but it’s finding ways to win even when it’s not at its best on either side of the ball. The Ravens still have four divisional games left and two disheartening NFC foes waiting. Remaining hours: in PIT, in CLE, versus GB, in CIN, versus LAR, versus PIT

2. New England Patriots (8-4), first place, AFC East. The Patriots matched the Bills’ result from Week 12 to return to the top of the division by half a game. They are behind the Ravens with a lower winning percentage after having played more than two games. Their victory over the Titans also gave them the tiebreaker for No. 2. Remaining hours: vs. BUF, BYE, in IND, vs. BUF, vs. JAX, at MIA

3. Tennessee Titans (8-4), first place, AFC South. The Titans fell from No. 1 with their loss to the Patriots, falling a complete game behind the Ravens and staying just half a game ahead of the Chiefs, whom they beat earlier in the season, along with the Bills. The Titans don’t need to worry about him yet Remaining hours: BYE, vs. JAX, at PIT, vs. SF, vs. MIA, at HOU

4. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4), first place, AFC West. The Chiefs stayed here after beating the Cowboys because they lost to both the Titans and the Ravens, and the Patriots also have a superior record in the conference. A win was huge to stay ahead of the Chargers. The Chiefs get a much-needed break in Week 12. Remaining hours: versus DEN, versus LV, in LAC, versus PIT, in CIN, in DEN

5. Buffalo Bills (7-4), second place, AFC East. The Bills were down to a wild card after their win over the Saints because the Patriots responded by looking out for the Titans. They will have a chance to catch and pass the Patriots on Monday night. Aside from New England twice, Buffalo has a big challenge ahead against Tampa Bay. Remaining hours: vs. NE, in TB, vs. CAR, in NE, vs. ATL, NYJ.

6. Los Angeles Chargers (7-5), second, AFC West. The Chargers jumped one spot by guarding the Bengals, the team ahead of them, on the road in Cincinnati. They look like stronger wild-card contenders with Justin Herbert and Brandon Staley with some key AFC wins. They also put more divisional pressure on the Chiefs, who they beat earlier and are back to play in two weeks. Remaining hours: vs. NYG, vs. KC, in HOU, vs. DEN, in LV

7. Cincinnati Bengals (7-5), second place, AFC North. The Bengals cooled off after their big post-goodbye victories over the Raiders and Steelers as they got sloppy with Joe Burow, Jox Mixon and the offense making too many mistakes against a hungry Chargers defense. It’s not easy at all trying to secure a wild card, but the Broncos’ game in Week 15 can help them a lot. Remaining hours: against SF, in DEN, against BAL, against KC, in CLE

Who can get there?

8. Denver Broncos (6-5)
9. Las Vegas Raiders (6-5)
10. Indianapolis Colts (7-6)
11. Cleveland Browns (6-6)
12. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5-1)

The Broncos and Raiders will need to keep up with the winning Chargers and Colts in Week 13. The Browns have a much-needed break to restart for a run up the stretch to the playoffs, while the Steelers have their hands full against the Ravens. at home.

Who is going out?

13. Miami Dolphins (6-7)
14. New York Jets (3-9)
15. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9)
16. Houston Texans (2-10)

The Dolphins extended their winning streak to five straight games after a 1-7 start on a climb to respectability, but it’s too little, too late for a push to the playoffs. The Jets parted ways with the bottom two with a win over the Texans and still play the Jaguars.

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NFC playoff image

Who would be inside?

1. Arizona Cardinals (10-2), first place, NFC West. The Cardinals crushed the Bears as they came out of the bye with Kyler Murray leading the offense into big known things running and passing. His defense also threw down again with the passing run and saves to keep Chicago down. The Cardinals are going to hold a two-game lead in a key rematch with the Rams at home. Remaining hours: vs. LAR, in DET, vs. IND, in DAL, vs. BE

2. Green Bay Packers (9-3), first place, NFC North. The Packers took care of business against the Rams in Week 12 to move into the midgame of the inactive Cardinals, whom they beat, for first place. In the process, they also helped the Cardinals build a bigger advantage in their division. Now they can rest for week 13 goodbye knowing that the Cardinals’ lead over them is still just one game. They stayed ahead of the winning Buccaneers due to a superior record in the NFC game, Remaining hours: vs. CHI, in BAL, vs. CLE, vs. MIN, in DET

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-3), first place, NFC South. The Buccaneers were even with the Packers and also held to one game from the Cardinals after having little trouble looking after the Falcons on the road. Tom Brady is locked and loaded at the right time before the playoffs again. Remaining hours: vs. BUF, vs. NO, in CAR, in NYJ, vs. CAR

4. Dallas Cowboys (8-4), first place, NFC East. The Cowboys will stay here one game behind the Buccaneers, to whom they lost in Week 1 after beating the Saints to open Week 13 on Thursday night. They will still have work to do to win the division with Washington red hot and Philadelphia rebounding behind the team. Remaining hours: at WAS, at NYG, versus WAS, versus ARI, at PHI

5. Los Angeles Rams (7-4), second place, NFC West. The Rams entered Week 13 on a three-game losing streak and had disappointing results recently with more than Matthew Stafford struggling. They will remain two full games behind the Cardinals with a win over the Jaguars at home before getting another shot at the Cardinals, to whom they lost at home. The Rams also fell to the team that was right behind them in the division, the 49ers. Remaining hours: in ARI, versus SEA, in MIN, in BAL, versus SF

6. San Francisco 49ers (6-5), third place, NFC West. The 49ers beat the Vikings for their third straight victory in Week 12 and four in the past five games, going from a slow start to a solid playoff position for Kyle Shanahan despite playing in a tough division. They jumped on the Vikings and pushed the Rams further for the best wild card in the West. They get another shot with the Seahawks reeling in last place before a key road interconference game against the Bengals. Remaining hours: in CIN, against ATL, in TEN, against HOU, in LAR

7. Philadelphia Eagles (6-7), second place, NFC East. The Eagles have a slightly better winning percentage than division rival Washington, after beating the Jets in the opening window of Week 13. They will either stay here in the final NFC wild-card spot or slip one spot behind Washington, the next opponent in Week 15 after a late goodbye of Week 14 Remaining hours: BYE, vs. WSH, vs. NYG, at WSH, vs. DAL

Who can get there?

8. Washington Soccer Team (5-6)
9. New Orleans Saints (5-7)
10. Minnesota Vikings (5-7)
11. Carolina Panthers (5-7)
12. Atlanta Falcons (5-7)
13. New York Giants (4-8)
14. Chicago Bears (4-8)
15. Seattle Seahawks (3-8)

Washington can take advantage of the loss of the Saints, Vikings and Falcons with a victory over the Radiers. The soccer team also beat the Panthers, who are on vacation. New Orleans, Minnesota, Carolina and Atlanta have all taken turns at playoff position, but Washington seems the most reliable to come back, especially if it wins in Las Vegas.

Who is going out?

16. Detroit Lions (1-10-1)

The Lions scored their first win in dramatic fashion after being close to the Steelers, Browns and Bears. They played a major spooiler for the Vikings and may do so with a few more teams.

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