All the
Washington Redskins
needed to do was beat a Giants team with nothing to play for, and they couldn’t even manage that, laying a massive egg at home against the Giants, losing 20-10 after a potential game-winning drive from
Kirk Cousins
came up woefully short.

The loss sends the Redskins to 8-7-1 on the season and guarantees that Washington cannot make the postseason for the second-straight year. There might be some chatter about Cousins’ contract considering how he played and the horrible interception he threw.

Washington’s loss has a huge impact on the Sunday night game as well — both the Packers and Lions clinched playoff spots as a result of the loss (they both have nine wins already). The Sunday night affair is now all about seeding and the division title.

Elsewhere, a
Oakland Raiders
loss sends Oakland reeling to the No. 5 spot instead of the No. 2 seed in the AFC, which is now occupied by the
Kansas City Chiefs
.

AFC: Who’s in

1. (*)
New England Patriots
(14-2)

The Patriots beat the
Miami Dolphins
on Sunday to clinch home field throughout the playoffs.

2. (x) Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)

The Chiefs beat the
San Diego Chargers
and moved into the No. 2 spot as a result of the Raiders losing. The Chiefs get a first-round bye.

3. (y)
Pittsburgh Steelers
(11-5)

The Steelers beat the
Cleveland Browns
in overtime but had already clinched the No. 3 seed anyway. Pittsburgh will host Miami in the first round.

4. (y)
Houston Texans
(9-7)

Houston lost to Tennessee on Sunday but was locked into the No. 4 seed regardless. The Texans will host the Raiders in the first round.

5. (x) Oakland Raiders (12-4)

The Raiders lost to the
Denver Broncos
on Sunday afternoon, which means they fall to the No. 5 seed as a result of the Chiefs holding the head-to-head tiebreaker over them. They will play in Houston in the first round.

6. (x) Miami Dolphins (10-6)

Miami lost to the Patriots, guaranteeing the No. 6 seed and now will travel to Pittsburgh in the first round.

AFC: Who’s out

Eliminated

  • 7.
    Tennessee Titans
    (9-7)
  • 8. Denver Broncos (8-7)
  • 9.
    Baltimore Ravens
    (8-8)
  • 10.
    Indianapolis Colts
    (8-8)
  • 11.
    Buffalo Bills
    (7-9)
  • 12.
    Cincinnati Bengals
    (6-9-1)
  • 13. San Diego Chargers (5-10)
  • 14.
    New York Jets
    (5-11)
  • 15.
    Jacksonville Jaguars
    (3-13)
  • 16. Cleveland Browns (1-15)

x – clinched playoff berth, y – denotes division winner z – denotes first-round bye * – denotes No. 1 seed


NFC: Who’s in

1. (*)
Dallas Cowboys
(13-3)

The Cowboys clinched the No. 1 seed before this week, guaranteeing they a first-round bye and the opportunity to host all their playoff games at JerryWorld.

2. (y)
Atlanta Falcons
(11-5)

Atlanta took care of business against the
New Orleans Saints
to secure the No. 2 seed in the NFC. They get a first-round bye in the playoffs and hold homefield advantage over everyone but the Cowboys.

3. (y)
Seattle Seahawks
(10-5-1)

Seattle took care of San Francisco in order to secure the No. 3 seed. They will host the loser of Detroit or Green Bay in the first round of the playoffs.

4. (x)
Green Bay Packers
(9-6)

Green Bay clinched a playoff spot with Washington’s loss and now plays Detroit on Sunday night, with the winner taking the NFC North and the No. 4 seed.

5. (x)
New York Giants
(11-5)

The Giants are secure in the No. 5 seed but knocked Washington out of the playoffs on Sunday afternoon just for fun.

6. (x)
Detroit Lions
(9-6)

Detroit clinched a playoff berth with Washington’s loss and is playing the Packers on Sunday night with the NFC North title on the line.

NFC: Who’s out

Eliminated

  • 7.
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    (9-7)
  • 8. Washington Redskins (8-7-1)
  • 9.
    Minnesota Vikings
    (8-8)
  • 10. New Orleans Saints (7-8)
  • 11.
    Philadelphia Eagles
    (7-9)
  • 12.
    Arizona Cardinals
    (6-8-1)
  • 13.
    Carolina Panthers
    (6-10)
  • 14.
    Los Angeles Rams
    (4-11)
  • 15.
    Chicago Bears
    (3-13)
  • 16.
    San Francisco 49ers
    (2-13)

x – clinched playoff berth, y – denotes division winner z – denotes first-round bye * – denotes No. 1 seed

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