NFL 2021 playoff picture: Updated standings, wild card race, projected matchups as Week 17 wraps up

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The home stretch of the 2021 NFL season is here, as Week 17 is nearly in the books, with only the Browns and Steelers set to go at it on Monday night.

The playoff picture, as you know, is really taking shape. And both conferences are chock-full of some feisty battles for the 14 combined postseason spots. There are still plenty of scenarios on the table as we venture into the new year.

Below, find an updated 2021 NFL playoff picture, featuring complete postseason standings (with tiebreakers already accounted for), a rundown of wild card contenders and projected opening-weekend playoff matchups for both the AFC and NFC:

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AFC

Titans (11-5)*Chiefs (11-5)*Bengals (10-6)*Bills (10-6)*Patriots (10-6)*Colts (9-7)Chargers (9-7) 

On the brink

8. Raiders (9-7)
9. Steelers (7-7-1)
10. Ravens (8-8)

Officially eliminated

11. Dolphins (8-8) 
12. Browns (7-8)
13. Broncos (7-9)
14. Texans (4-12)
15. Jets (4-12)
16. Jaguars (2-14)

Note: * = officially…

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