Jets clinch playoff spot to finalize playoff picture

The NFL playoff picture is set, as the New York Jets became the 12th and final playoff team to qualify Sunday night with a 37-0 win over the Bengals to clinch the AFC’s second wild-card spot. Here’s the final look at how the playoff picture looks in both conferences:

In the NFC …

  • New Orleans and Minnesota captured the top two seeds, respectively, and the first-round byes that come with them. In the divisional round of the playoffs on Jan. 16-17, the Saints will host the lowest remaining seed from the wild-card round and the Vikings will host the highest remaining seed.
  • Dallas won the NFC East and clinched the conference’s No. 3 seed by beating Philadelphia, and will host the sixth-seeded Eagles in the wild-card round Saturday at 8 p.m. ET (NBC).
  • Despite losing to Green Bay, Arizona finished as the No. 4 seed and, in a rematch from Week 17, will play host to the fifth-seeded Packers in the wild-card round next Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET (FOX).

In the AFC …

  • Indianapolis and San Diego enter the playoffs as the top two seeds, respectively. In the divisional round of the playoffs, the Colts will host the lowest remaining seed from the wild-card round and the Chargers will host the highest remaining seed.
  • Following Sunday’s loss, Cincinnati will be the fourth seed, locking New England into the third seed. The Bengals will host the fifth-seeded New York Jets in the wild-card round in a rematch of Week 17 on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET (NBC).
  • Baltimore, which beat Oakland, clinched a playoff berth and eliminated Pittsburgh in the process. With the win by the Jets, the Ravens moved to the AFC’s No. 6 seed and will travel to play the third-seeded Patriots next Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (CBS).
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