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NFL playoff picture following Week 13: Ravens maintain AFC North lead

The Ravens are hanging onto a playoff spot and the Bengals’ game against them in Week 17 could decide who wins the AFC North and gets to represent the division in the playoffs.

Cincinnati Bengals v Oakland Raiders Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Bengals are out of the playoff picture, but, for many teams, the fight continues to reach the postseason. The Steelers and Ravens both won on Sunday, so the Ravens maintain a slight edge for the AFC North lead. It looks like it will come down to the wire for the two teams to see which represents the AFC North in the playoffs. The outcome of the Bengals’ games against both teams in the coming weeks could play into the final say of who wins the division.

Following the completion of the late afternoon games in Week 13 around the NFL, here’s where the playoff picture stands for both the AFC and NFC.

AFC Standings

1st seed: Raiders (10-2)

2nd seed: Patriots (10-2)

3rd seed: Ravens (7-5)

4th seed: Texans (6-6)

5th seed: Chiefs (9-3)

6th seed: Broncos (8-4)

In the hunt:

Dolphins (7-5)

Steelers (7-5)

Titans (6-6)

Bills (6-6)

*Colts (5-6)

Chargers (5-7)

Bengals (4-7-1)

NFC Standings

1st seed: Cowboys (11-1) [x]

**2nd seed: Seahawks (7-3-1)

3rd seed: Lions (8-4)

4th seed: Falcons (7-5)

5th seed: Giants (8-4)

6th seed: Buccaneers (7-5)

In the hunt:

Redskins (6-5-1)

Vikings (6-6)

Packers (6-6)

Cardinals (5-6-1)

Saints (5-7)

Eagles (5-7)

**Panthers (4-7)

* The Colts play the Jets on Monday Night Football. A Colts win would not put them in first place in the AFC South (nor in line for a playoff seeding), but, it could help them to take over the lead next week when the Colts visit the Texans in Week 14.

**If the Panthers beat the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football, the Seahawks will move down to the 3rd seed and the Lions will take claim of the 2nd seed. The Panthers will still not be among the top six seeds with a win over the Seahawks.

[x] - The Cowboys have clinched a playoff berth. Dallas is the only team to have a 100% chance at the playoffs after Week 13.