The 1-seeds in both the NFC and AFC were clinched in Week 17, as the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens will have nothing to play for in Week 18. In total, nine of the 14 spots have been clinched, but the AFC South, AFC East, NFC South and NFC East are still up for grabs.
Which teams could sneak into the wild-card round? And which teams' hopes are all but over? We used ESPN's Football Power Index to project the rest of the season, looking at the playoff picture for both conferences, along with odds for the favorites to make the postseason, clinch the division and even make the Super Bowl. We also have seeding projections for the AFC and NFC, so you can see the most likely matchups in each conference.
Here's everything you need as we get closer to the NFL playoffs (updated Monday):
Projecting the AFC playoff field
The Miami Dolphins' Week 17 loss means their Week 18 matchup at home against the Buffalo Bills will decide the AFC East. Both teams could still lose and pick up a wild-card spot, however. The Pittsburgh Steelers need to win and get some help from other teams next week.
The Baltimore Ravens are locked into the 1-seed and the first-round bye in the AFC, while the Kansas City Chiefs will be the 3-seed and the Cleveland Browns will be the 5-seed. The rest of the conference is up for grabs.
In the wild-card round, the 2-seed hosts the 7-seed, the 3-seed hosts the 6-seed and the 4-seed hosts the 5-seed.
Projecting the NFC playoff field
Thanks to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Week 17 loss, the NFC South could still be won by either the New Orleans Saints or Atlanta Falcons in Week 18. The Green Bay Packers' win on "Sunday Night Football" puts them in the driver's seat for the final wild-card spot.
If both the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles win in Week 18, it's the Cowboys who will take the NFC East and 2-seed, thanks to the Eagles' crushing loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17. In the wild-card round, the 2-seed hosts the 7-seed, the 3-seed hosts the 6-seed and the 4-seed hosts the 5-seed.
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The Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts square off in Week 18 in a win-and-in matchup ... but both teams could still take the AFC South, too. If the Jacksonville Jaguars lose -- they play the Tennessee Titans on Sunday -- the winner of Texans-Colts would be the South champion.
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NFL playoff schedule
Week 18 games are Sunday, then it's on to the postseason. Here's when each round of games will be played: