NFL playoff picture 2020: Week 13 standings, bracket, scenarios and outlook for the postseason

If there's one thing we can say with some certainty about the 2020 NFL playoff picture, it's that the AFC is historically top-heavy. All seven AFC playoff teams are 8-4 or better. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, it's the first time since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger that one conference had that many teams with a winning percentage of .667 or better through Week 13. (The AFC also has four teams with three or fewer wins.)

Let's take a closer look at where the NFL playoff picture. We'll use ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI) to provide context where necessary.

Note: X denotes a team that has clinched a playoff berth, Y shows a team that has clinched its division and Z indicates a team that has secured a first-round bye.

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1. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-1)

FPI chances to make playoffs: 99.9%
FPI chances to win division: 97.6%

The good news is that the Steelers are still atop the AFC despite Monday's home loss to the Washington Football Team. They hold the conference-record tiebreaker over the Chiefs. The bad news: The Steelers lost at home to Washington, a week after barely holding on against a deeply outmanned Ravens team. The loss also means that the Steelers, despite leading the AFC throughout the season, have not yet clinched a playoff spot, let alone the AFC North. The playoff spot could come as early as Week 14, but the Steelers' schedule is about to get tougher.

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