By Steve Kelly

Here’s your Christmas morning update on the NFL playoff picture:

NFC
y*-1. Dallas Cowboys (12-2): NFC East champions. The Giants’ loss Thursday gives Dallas the division crown and home-field advantage. [Remaining games: vs. Lions, at Eagles]
y-2. Atlanta Falcons (10-5): NFC South champions. They win division thanks to Tampa Bay’s loss. Atlanta can now clinch first-round bye in Week 17. [Remaining game: vs. Saints]
3. Detroit Lions (9-5): NFC North leader. They’re guaranteed a playoff berth with a win Monday night. But they’ll have to beat Green Bay in Week 17 to claim the division. [Remaining games: at Cowboys, vs. Packers]
y-4. Seattle Seahawks (9-5-1): NFC West champions. They now need help to get first-round bye. [Remaining game: at 49ers]
x-5. New York Giants (10-5): Wild card No. 1. The Buccaneers’ loss gives them their first playoff berth since 2011. [Remaining game: at Redskins]
6. Green Bay Packers (9-6): Wild card No. 2. If Green Bay wins next week, it reclaims NFC North title. [Remaining game: at Lions]

In the hunt
7. Washington Redskins (8-6-1): They must win their final game and hope the Packers lose in Week 17 or hope the Lions lose their final two games. [Remaining game: vs. Giants]
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-7): They need to finish tied with Green Bay for the sixth seed and get tiebreaker assistance. Bucs can no longer pass Detroit after losing the common opponent tiebreaker. [Remaining game: vs. Panthers]

AFC
yz-1. New England Patriots (13-2): AFC East champions. A win or Raiders loss in Week 17 would give Pats home field. [Remaining game: at Dolphins]
x-2. Oakland Raiders (12-3): AFC West leader. They’ll win division and bye with a K.C. loss Sunday. [Remaining game: at Broncos]
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5): AFC North leader. They’ll clinch division by beating Baltimore on Christmas but would lose control of it if Ravens complete season sweep. [Remaining games: vs. Ravens, vs. Browns]

y-4. Houston Texans (9-6): AFC South champions. Beating the Cincinnati Bengals combined with the Tennessee Titans’ loss earlier Saturday gives Houston the division for the second consecutive year. [Remaining game: at Titans]
5. Kansas City Chiefs (10-4): Wild card No. 1. A win against Denver on Christmas night will lock Chiefs into playoffs. Kansas City would also clinch a berth if Baltimore loses. [Remaining games: vs. Broncos, at Chargers]
6. Miami Dolphins (10-5): Wild card No. 2. After a narrow escape from the Buffalo Bills, Miami now locks into the field with a loss by the Broncos on Sunday. [Remaining game: vs. Patriots]

In the hunt
7. Baltimore Ravens (8-6): They’ll claim AFC North by winning final two games. Any loss eliminates them. [Remaining games: at Steelers, at Bengals]
8. Denver Broncos (8-6): They’re only in running for wild card. Any loss eliminates them. [Remaining games: at Chiefs, vs. Raiders]

 

x — clinched playoff spot
y — clinched division
z — clinched first-round bye
* — clinched home-field advantage