The NFL has had its share of lackluster prime-time games in the first three-quarters of the season, but Week 14’s slate featured both conferences’ top seeds in matchups that should set the tone for the final month’s sprint to the postseason. The Cowboys couldn’t avenge their only loss of the season, losing a tight game to the Giants on Sunday night and failing to lock up a division title in the process. Meanwhile, the Patriots host the Ravens on Monday with a chance to open up some breathing room in the AFC.
If the playoffs started today, which teams would be in, and which teams would be on the bubble? Here’s how the playoff seeds shake out, plus a breakdown of the teams on the outside looking in as of Week 14’s action. Teams with an asterisk (*) have clinched a playoff berth.