NFL playoff brackets for the 2016 now include the Pittsburgh Steelers. The updated 2016 NFL playoff brackets have the Steelers as the No. 6 seed in the AFC after the team beat the Denver Broncos on Sunday, December 20. The 34-27 win was a hard-fought battle between two teams trying to make the postseason.
In the updated NFL standings, the Steelers were able to pass the New York Jets for a wild card spot in the AFC. The Jets won in Week 15, as well, but played an NFC opponent, causing the team to fall behind in a three-team tie-breaker. The Steelers now have a better record against AFC opponents, but still slide in behind the No. 5-seeded Kansas City Chiefs in the race for those wild card spots. All three teams are now 9-5, though, so the pressure is on to finish the regular season strong.
In the 2016 NFL playoff brackets for the AFC, first-round match-ups would be the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5) vs. the Denver Broncos (10-4) and the Kansas City Chiefs (9-5) vs. the Houston Texans (No. 4). The Broncos currently hold first place in the AFC West, while the Texans now hold a commanding lead in the AFC North. The winner of the Broncos vs. Steelers would play the Cincinnati Bengals (11-3) in the divisional round, while the winner of the Chiefs vs. Texans game would play the New England Patriots (12-2).
The current NFC playoff brackets have the Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers as first-round match-ups. This would be the third game between the Vikings and Packers this season. The Packers (10-4) have a one-game lead over the Vikings (9-5) for first place in the NFC North. Currently the Washington Redskins (7-7) hold first place in the NFC East, but the team is only slightly ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles (6-8) and New York Giants (6-8) for the division lead.
The Week 16 NFL schedule has a number of games that could impact seeding and divisions, including a big game on Saturday, December 26, for the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles host the Washington Redskins at 8:25 p.m. ET with first place in the division on the line. On Sunday night, the Minnesota Vikings host the New York Giants in a game both teams need to win. Earlier in the day, the Arizona Cardinals host the Green Bay Packers. Then in Week 17, the Packers and Vikings play again, possibly with the NFC North on the line.
Games affecting the AFC wild card in Week 16 are the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens, the New England Patriots vs. New York Jets, and the Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs appear to have the easiest route to the postseason, but still have to take care of business at home. Just two weeks of games are left before the 2016 NFL playoff brackets are set and the postseason begins.
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