2021 NFL playoff picture, standings through Week 13: Patriots No. 1 in AFC; Washington emerges in wild NFC

Week 13 certainly provided some more craziness in the NFL, a microcosm of how wild the season has been. For the first time since 2000, there have been nine games won by teams over an opponent with at least four more victories than them at this point in the season — the latest being the Detroit Lions upsetting the Minnesota Vikings (knocking Minnesota out of the playoffs for the time being). 

Washington has emerged into the NFC playoff race as winners of four straight games, taking over the No. 6 seed after being left for dead in the playoff hunt a month ago. Twelve teams remain over .500 in the AFC — with the Miami Dolphins looking to make it 13 in two weeks (bye week in Week 14) — as the New England Patriots took over first in the conference with a huge victory over the Bills Monday night.

This playoff race is getting more unpredictable by the week. Below, you can find a division-by-division breakdown of the current standings, how each club performed in Week 13 and what they have next on the schedule.

AFC East

New England Patriots

What to know: The Patriots take over the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a huge win over the Bills on Monday night. New England leads Tennessee, Baltimore, and Kansas City by a half game in the conference standings as the Patriots head into their bye week. 

Remaining schedule: Bye Week, at Colts, vs. Bills, vs. Jaguars, at Dolphins 

Buffalo Bills

What to know: Monday’s loss to New England puts Buffalo at the No. 7 seed in the AFC, just a half game ahead of Pittsburgh from being out of the playoffs. The Bills lose the conference record tiebreaker to Los Angeles (No. 5 seed) and Cincinnati (No. 6 seed). 

Remaining schedule: at Buccaneers, vs. Panthers, at Patriots, vs. Falcons, vs. Jets 

Miami Dolphins

What to know: The Dolphins have won five in a row to get back in the playoff race, but Miami still has some work to do. Miami is 13th in the AFC standings and are…


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