NFL playoff picture 2020: Week 12 standings, bracket, scenarios and outlook for the postseason

The NFL just moved through one of the most eventful weekends in recent memory, as it managed a COVID-19 outbreak in Baltimore, the sudden loss of all four quarterbacks in Denver and the unexpected three-week closure of the 49ers' stadium and practice facility. The league's playoff picture, meanwhile, remained remarkably unchanged.

The most notable development was entirely expected: The Jacksonville Jaguars were eliminated from postseason contention after losing at home to the Browns. With five weeks left in the season, here is a closer look at where things stand in the 2020 playoff picture, using ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI) for context when appropriate.

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1. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-0)

FPI chances to make playoffs: 99.9%
FPI chances to win division: 97.4%

The Steelers were originally scheduled to play the third game of Week 12, but thanks to three separate COVID-19 delays, they ended up playing the last. Their closer-than-expected victory over the depleted Ravens allowed them to maintain the top spot in the AFC -- a loss would have pushed them to the No. 2 spot! -- but they did not yet clinch a playoff berth.

Up next: vs. Washington