NFL 2021 playoff picture, standings: Eagles keep pace with Vikings for final playoff spot; Rams tied for first

Week 15 has finally come to a conclusion in the NFL with the playoff races crazier than ever. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Washington Football Team to hold serve with the Minnesota Vikings in the race for the No. 7 seed in the NFC. Minnesota, Philadelphia, and New Orleans each have a 7-7 record and are tied for the final playoff spot in the conference. 

The Los Angeles Rams are now tied for first place in the NFC West with the Arizona Cardinals after their big victory over the Seattle Seahawks Tuesday night. Los Angeles is on the verge of clinching a playoff berth, which only the Green Bay Packers can stake a claim to throughout the entire NFL. 

There are now 13 teams that are .500 or better in a wild AFC playoff race, as the No. 2 to No. 13 seeds are separated by two games in the standings. A dramatic finish in the AFC is on the horizon as Christmas approaches. 

This playoff race is getting more unpredictable by the week. Below, you can find a division-by-division breakdown of the current standings and what each contender is facing on their schedule the rest of the way. 

AFC East

New England Patriots

What to know: The Patriots’ loss to the Colts on Saturday night drops them out of the top spot in the AFC with Kansas City winning on Thursday. New England currently sits at No. 2 in the conference, holding the head-to-head tiebreaker over Tennessee. 

Remaining schedule: vs. Bills, vs. Jaguars, at Dolphins 

Buffalo Bills

What to know: A huge win over the Panthers keeps the Bills holding on to the final playoff spot in the AFC. Why are the Bills the No. 7 seed, even with the same record as the Colts, Chargers and Ravens? The Colts and Chargers have a better win percentage in conference games than the Bills, as Buffalo has a better win percentage in common games than the Ravens. 

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

Miami Dolphins

What to know: Here come…

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