NFL Playoff Picture: Denver Broncos Make Playoffs For First Time Since 2005 Season

With the NFC East playoff spot still to be determined on Sunday Night Football, the rest of the NFL Playoff field is set. In the AFC, it came down to the final minutes of the season for the playoff picture to come fully into focus.

The No. 1 overall seed in the AFC is the New England Patriots, who won the AFC East and finished with a 13-3 record. As the No.1 seed, the Patriots have homefield advantage throughout the postseason. The Baltimore Ravens clinched the No. 2 seed and the AFC North title with a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in their season-finale.

Houston won the first AFC South title in franchise history and clinched the No. 3 seed in the playoffs. The Texans will face the Cincinnati Benglas, who earned a Wild Card spot after finishing third in the AFC North. The Pittsburgh Steelers, who entered Sunday with a chance to earn the No. 1 seed, will instead be the No. 5 seed and travel to Denver to face the AFC West Champions.

In the NFC, the Green Bay Packers earned the No.1 overall seed after a 15-1 season. Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers clinched a bye and the No. 2 seed with a 34-27 victory over the St. Louis Rams in the season-finale.

New Orleans will be the No. 3 seed and will host the Detroit Lions in what could be the most exciting matchup of the opening weekend of the playoffs. The No. 4 seed will be the winner of the game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. The winner of that game will host the Atlanta Falcons, who locked up the No. 5 seed with a victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Stay tuned to SB Nation NFL for all the playoff news and notes.

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