Week 17 was an thrilling finale to the common season, setting the stage for January (and February) soccer — and April’s draft. For a deeper take a look at the 12 playoff groups as we emerge from the Week 17 and look forward to wild-card weekend, click on right here.

This is a tick-tock of the whole lot vital because it occurs on Sunday. Observe alongside live with us as we preserve you up to date and roll towards the 2018 NFL playoffs.

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12 a.m. ET

Draft positions for the NFL’s 12 playoff groups will likely be decided by playoff efficiency.

ESPN’s Soccer Energy Index is projecting the next positions based mostly on its general expectations for the playoffs:

Eagles: 22.6
Colts: 23.Eight
Seahawks: 24.Three
Cowboys: 24.5
Ravens: 25.2
Texans: 25.6
Chargers: 26.Three
Bears: 26.5
Patriots: 29.Zero
Chiefs: 29.Eight
Rams: 29.9
Saints: 30.four

11:50 p.m. ET

Listed below are the early FPI projections to win Tremendous Bowl LIII. In case you subscribe to the speculation that the most popular groups needs to be massive favourite, you would possibly object to the comparatively low possibilities assigned to the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens.

The numbers are proportion likelihood:

Saints: 30.5
Chiefs: 24.Zero
Rams: 16.Eight
Patriots: 12.Eight
Chargers: four.2
Bears: 2.5
Ravens: 2.Zero
Texans: 2.Zero
Seahawks: 1.9
Colts: 1.Eight
Cowboys: 1.2
Eagles: Zero.5

11:30 p.m. ET

After 256 video games over 17 weeks, the NFL has narrowed its playoff discipline to 12 groups.

The Colts’ 33-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans accomplished a comeback from a 1-5 begin to the season and lifted Indianapolis into the No. 6 seed of the AFC playoff bracket. The Titans have been eradicated, as have been the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Under is the ultimate 2018 playoff image:

Here’s what the 2018 @NFL playoff image will appear to be. Colts headed to Houston subsequent weekend because the No. 6 seed. pic.twitter.com/fhMV9rEm6o

— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) December 31, 2018

10:55 p.m. ET

Simply when it appeared the Tennessee Titans have been going to make it a sport, they received the full Blaine Gabbert therapy: A brutal interception, with the Colts main 24-17, raised the Colts’ win chance from 81.1 % to 92.7 %.

AP Photograph/Mark Zaleski

Following the decide, Adam Vinatieri then hit a 25-yard discipline objective to transfer the Colts forward 27-17 and make it a two-score sport with 4 minutes remaining.

Since he entered the NFL in 2011, solely two certified quarterbacks — Mark Sanchez and Ryan Fitzpatrick — have a better interception proportion than Blaine Gabbert. (h/t @pfref)

— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) December 31, 2018

10:45 p.m. ET

OK, so it seems 2018 will provide us one remaining drip of drama within the NFL common season. The Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans are headed into the fourth quarter of a one-score sport, with the winner to obtain the ultimate AFC playoff spot.

And with the Colts holding a 24-17 lead, additional time and an eventual a tie stays in simple mathematical play. And a tie, as you understand in case you’ve been following alongside at present, signifies that neither the Colts nor the Titans would make the playoffs. As a substitute, the Pittsburgh Steelers would elevate into the No. 6 seed.

9:55 p.m. ET

With one half remaining within the 2018 common season, the Indianapolis Colts maintain a 17-7 lead over the Tennessee Titans.

If the Titans’ deficit holds, the Colts will clinch the No. 6 seed within the AFC playoff race. ESPN’s Soccer Energy Index (FPI) provides that a 79 % likelihood of taking place.

Ought to the groups tie, the Pittsburgh Steelers will leapfrog into the No. 6 spot. Keep tuned!

9:35 p.m. ET

Even in case you (or I) have forgotten, the Pittsburgh Steelers have not. A tie, as unlikely because it may be, in Sunday evening’s sport between the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans would elevate the Steelers into the AFC playoffs because the No. 6 seed. In any other case, the No. 6 seed would be the winner of Colts-Titans.

Simply know @Titans and @Colts…

We’re cheering for each of you equally.

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 31, 2018

9:20 p.m. ET

Are you prepared for some wild-card soccer? Right here is the NFL’s schedule for the primary weekend of the playoffs:

SATURDAY
Indianapolis Colts OR Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans (four:35 p.m. ET, ESPN/ABC)
Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys (Eight:15 p.m. ET, Fox)

SUNDAY
Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens (1:05 p.m. ET, CBS)
Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears (four:40 p.m. ET, NBC)

One early take: West Coast groups do not like taking part in early video games on the East Coast. The Chargers will kick off at 10:05 a.m. native time. It is an adjustment.

Eight:48 p.m. ET

The NFL has doubled its head-coach openings Sunday. The most recent: The New York Jets have introduced they are going to half methods with coach Todd Bowles.

Bowles joins the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Dirk Koetter as coaches who realized their destiny Sunday. The opposite openings are with the Cleveland Browns and Inexperienced Bay Packers.

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Interim coaches Gregg Williams (Browns) and Joe Philbin (Packers) will get consideration as replacements, however each groups will conduct a number of exterior interviews. The Packers have already got spoken to former NFL head coaches Jim Caldwell and Chuck Pagano and are anticipated to request permission to interview Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, in accordance to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

One different coach whose future may be very a lot doubtful: the Arizona Cardinals’ Steve Wilks. Different coaches whose job standing is lower than sure embody: the Cincinnati Bengals’ Marvin Lewis, the Denver Broncos’ Vance Joseph, the Miami Dolphins’ Adam Gase and the Washington Redskins’ Jay Gruden.

The place will the replacements come from? Right here is an intensive checklist of prospects ESPN.com compiled final month, headed by New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Sure, a number of NFL groups would leap on the likelihood to rent him even after he reneged on an settlement final winter to be a part of the Indianapolis Colts.

Eight:20 p.m. ET

OK. Another sport stays within the 2018 common season. Let’s reset the stakes.

The Indianapolis Colts are taking part in on the Tennessee Titans. The winner would be the AFC No. 6 seed. The loser’s season will likely be over. If the groups tie, the Pittsburgh Steelers would be the No. 6 seed. Benefit from the evening!

Eight:15 p.m. ET

When December started, it was fairly clear that one of many NFL’s two Pennsylvania-based groups would make the playoffs. It appeared sure that the opposite wouldn’t. Because it seems, the reverse occurred.

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The Philadelphia Eagles clinched the NFC’s No. 6 seed on the ultimate day of the season. The Pittsburgh Steelers, in the meantime, will doubtless miss the postseason altogether (assuming Sunday Night time Soccer doesn’t finish in a tie).

When the month started, the Steelers have been 7-Three-1 and had a 96 % likelihood to make the playoffs, in accordance to ESPN’s Soccer Energy Index. The Eagles have been 5-6 and had a 16 % likelihood.

However everyone knows what occurred thereafter. The Steelers misplaced 4 of their remaining six video games to end 9-6-1, a half-game behind the Baltimore Ravens within the AFC North. The Eagles completed 5-1 to give them a postseason alternative to defend their Lombardi trophy.

7:50 p.m. ET

The highest 18 picks for the 2019 draft are actually written in ink.

1. Cardinals
2. 49ers
Three. Jets
four. Raiders
5. Buccaneers
6. Giants
7. Jaguars
Eight. Lions
9. Payments
10. Broncos
11. Bengals
12. Packers
13. Dolphins
14. Falcons
15. Redskins
16. Panthers
17. Browns
18. Vikings

Moreover, the Steelers will decide at No. 20, whereas the loser of Sunday evening’s Colts-Titans sport will decide at No. 19 (assuming there isn’t a tie, once more). The ultimate 12 spots will in fact be decided by way of the playoffs.

7:43 p.m. ET

This is a take a look at the playoff image following the four:25 p.m. ET video games:

Right here is most of your @NFL playoff image. The winner of Colts-Titans tonight would be the AFC sixth seed. If that sport ends in a tie, the Steelers would be the No. 6 seed. pic.twitter.com/d3EfU3Sx8u

— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) December 31, 2018

7:38 p.m. ET

For the second consecutive season, the AFC playoff image got here down to the fourth quarter of a sport involving the Baltimore Ravens.

This time, nonetheless, the Ravens averted heartbreak.

In holding off the Cleveland Browns, the Ravens clinched the AFC North and would be the AFC’s No. four seed. Had they misplaced, the Pittsburgh Steelers would have leapfrogged them for the division title and the Ravens would have missed the playoffs.

Closing image of at present’s race for the AFC North title. An virtually epic comeback. Nearly. pic.twitter.com/oBHFoo8mjB

— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) December 31, 2018

Thanks to the Ravens for the heart-stopping drama as soon as once more. Pardon me whereas I catch my breath …

7:33 p.m. ET

And now the Steelers wait …

That is wild. Steelers gamers watching Browns on Jumbotron. pic.twitter.com/ZVmJyvRnaD

— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) December 31, 2018

7:28 p.m. ET

The Arizona Cardinals tried as exhausting as they might to botch the No. 1 general decide of the 2019 draft. However they clinched it nonetheless Sunday night after the Seattle Seahawks beat them 27-24 on a discipline objective on the sport’s remaining play.

Closing take a look at how the race for the No. 1 decide shifted all through the day. Solely Cardinals and 49ers proven right here however Jets had a small likelihood coming into at present as nicely. pic.twitter.com/UMQ3YiBrcW

— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) December 31, 2018

The Cardinals have already got their quarterback of the long run on the roster in Josh Rosen, so their place atop the draft will launch instant commerce hypothesis.

Ohio State’s Nick Bosa is the top-rated prospect per each Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay at current.

7:23 p.m. ET

And on the ultimate day of the season, the defending Tremendous Bowl champion has clinched a playoff spot.

A 24-Zero romp over the Washington Redskins, mixed with the Minnesota Vikings’ surprisingly flat 24-10 loss to the Chicago Bears, put the Philadelphia Eagles into the NFC’s No. 6 slot. Coming into December, the Eagles had a 16 % likelihood in accordance to FPI.

They’re going to play in a wild-card sport subsequent weekend in opposition to the Bears at Soldier Discipline.

7:20 p.m. ET

The Steelers’ Matt McCrane hit a go-ahead discipline objective with underneath two minutes left, however will it matter?

The Cleveland Browns should not going to let the Baltimore Ravens into the playoffs simply. It is a two-point sport with Three:24 remaining in Baltimore.

— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) December 31, 2018

Additionally, for involved Eagles followers:

Eagles imagine QB Nick Foles has bruised ribs they usually assume he is OK, per supply.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 31, 2018

And for these holding tabs on teaching strikes:

Publish-season firings are underway: Buccaneers relieves HC Dirk Koetter of his duties, supply tells ESPN.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 31, 2018

7:05 p.m. ET

The street to the Tremendous Bowl within the AFC will undergo Kansas Metropolis.

The Chiefs’ 35-Three victory over the Oakland Raiders clinched the No. 1 general seed. The New England Patriots would be the No. 2 seed, the Houston Texans will likely be No. Three and the Baltimore Ravens — assuming they maintain on to a nine-point lead in opposition to the Cleveland Browns — will likely be No. four. That will all however get rid of the Pittsburgh Steelers and means the winner of Sunday evening’s Indianapolis Colts-Tennessee Titans sport would be the No. 6 seed. The Los Angeles Chargers, who locked up a playoff berth just a few weeks in the past, would be the fifth seed.

6:50 p.m. ET

As they enter the fourth quarter at U.S. Financial institution Stadium, it seems the Minnesota Vikings are going to have to come from behind and defeat the Chicago Bears so as to make the playoffs. The one different approach they’ll get in is that if the Philadelphia Eagles lose, they usually … aren’t doubtless to try this. They’ve a 24-Zero lead over the Washington Redskins within the fourth quarter.

Slight tightening within the Eagles-Vikings race. Eagles now have a 67% likelihood to take that final NFC playoff spot. pic.twitter.com/ylnXEit2BI

— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) December 30, 2018

One growth value noting, nonetheless: Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has left the sport.

#Eagles Damage Replace: QB Nick Foles (chest) is questionable to return.

— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 30, 2018

6:20 p.m. ET

Let’s cease for a second and file for posterity the wonderful accomplishment we simply witnessed from Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles.

Along with his workforce in a do-or-die state of affairs in Week 17, Foles tied an NFL file (Philip Rivers and Ryan Tannehill) by finishing 25 consecutive passes in opposition to the Washington Redskins. Largely thanks to Foles, the Eagles have constructed an enormous lead and are in place to leapfrog the Minnesota Vikings and make the playoffs because the No. 6 seed within the NFC.

Let’s additionally keep in mind that Foles additionally owns the file for many landing passes in a sport. He threw seven in opposition to the Oakland Raiders in 2013.

6:05 p.m. ET

The NFL playoff image is getting clearer as we hit halftime of the four:25 p.m. ET video games. Here’s what the bracket would appear to be if present scores maintain:

The @NFL playoff image at or close to halftime of the four:25 video games. pic.twitter.com/YA6EH7HTxF

— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) December 30, 2018

Of notice:

The Eagles have pulled forward within the race to nab the final NFC playoff spot. pic.twitter.com/gEOGJkfz5C

— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) December 30, 2018

In draft information, the race for the No. 1 decide is alive! The Arizona Cardinals at present path the Seattle Seahawks by just one level.

The 49ers are nonetheless alive within the race for the No. 1 general decide within the draft. pic.twitter.com/yGB8HpLrxz

— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) December 30, 2018

5:40 p.m. ET

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The Jacksonville Jaguars confirmed Sunday that basic supervisor David Caldwell and coach Doug Marrone would return in 2019. However government vice chairman Tom Coughlin despatched an ominous message to his roster in a press release launched after the sport.

Of operating backs Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon, Coughlin mentioned: “They have been disrespectful, egocentric and their conduct was unbecoming that of an expert soccer participant.” Fournette and Yeldon sat on the finish of the bench in the course of the Jaguars’ 20-Three loss to the Houston Texans.

May Coughlin plan a participant overhaul after the 5-11 season? He is not altering the entrance workplace or teaching management. The one factor left to shake up is the roster.

play

Zero:29

Doug Marrone addresses Jaguars VP Tom Coughlin’s criticism of benched RBs T.J. Yeldon and Leonard Fournette.

5:10 p.m. ET

The Pittsburgh Steelers are struggling early with the Cincinnati Bengals, however in the mean time, the result of their sport is not trying too related.

The Baltimore Ravens have taken a 17-7 lead over the Cleveland Browns. Lamar Jackson has two speeding touchdowns, together with this 25-yard dash as proven by NFL Subsequent Gen Stats animation:

Lamar Jackson reached a prime pace of 19.04 MPH on this 25-yard landing [email protected]_era8 has reached 15+ MPH on 47 carries since taking on because the beginning QB in Week 11, 20 greater than some other participant (at any place) in that span.#CLEvsBAL #RavensFlock pic.twitter.com/XgFbX644SM

— Subsequent Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) December 30, 2018

If the Ravens win, they will clinch the AFC North and all however get rid of the Steelers from the playoffs. If it performs out that approach, the one approach the Steelers can advance is that if they beat the Bengals and Sunday evening’s sport between the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans ends in a tie.

The Steelers’ playoff chances are high slipping away. pic.twitter.com/P6Mt4RkQx5

— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) December 30, 2018

four:50 p.m. ET

It is going to be attention-grabbing to see whether or not Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy responds to the early lead the Los Angeles Rams have over the San Francisco 49ers.

The Bears are assured the No. Three seed within the NFC until the 49ers beat the Rams. If that occurs, the Bears might transfer up to No. 2 in the event that they in flip defeat the Minnesota Vikings.

But when the Rams preserve an enormous lead, would Nagy preserve pushing to win in Minnesota? Or would he relaxation some starters and check out to keep away from exhibiting the Vikings something they may use in a possible wild-card weekend rematch?

The race for the final NFC spot within the playoffs is tightening. pic.twitter.com/HJy66wCwJ2

— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) December 30, 2018

four:40 p.m. ET

The projected draft order by way of the FPI following the early video games:

Live order of common projected draft place, per FPI, after early window:

1. Cardinals
2. 49ers
Three. Jets
four. Raiders
5. Bucs
6. Giants
7. Jaguars
Eight. Lions
9. Payments
10. Bengals

— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) December 30, 2018

Cole Beasley’s late landing and the following 2-point conversion value the Giants a win nevertheless it helped their draft place. At four:04 p.m. FPI projected the Giants to have a median draft place of Eight.5. However now, after the loss, the Giants’ common projected draft place is 5.9.

— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) December 30, 2018

four:25 p.m. ET

This is an up to date take a look at the afternoon slate:

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  • Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens can clinch the AFC North title with a win or a Steelers loss.

  • Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins: The Eagles want a victory and a Vikings loss to clinch a playoff spot.

  • Oakland Raiders at Kansas Metropolis Chiefs: A victory will give Kansas Metropolis the AFC West title and home-field benefit all through the playoffs. The Raiders are within the hunt for the highest decide within the draft, and it might be the primary of three alternatives for them within the first spherical in April.

  • Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings want a win or an Eagles loss (or tie) to clinch a playoff berth. With a win, they’d be the No. 5 seed if the Seahawks lose and the No. 6 seed if the Seahawks win. The Bears, who’ve already clinched the NFC North, have incentive as nicely. They will clinch a first-round bye with a victory and a Rams loss.

  • Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers win the AFC North title with a victory and a Ravens loss. If the Ravens win, the one approach the Steelers could make the playoffs is that if they win and the Colts and Titans tie.

  • Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos: The Chargers can leap to the highest of the AFC playoff race with a win and a Chiefs loss. That will give them the AFC West title and home-field benefit all through the playoffs. In any other case, they would be the No. 5 seed.

  • San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams: The Rams will clinch a first-round bye with a win or a Bears loss.

  • Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks have clinched a playoff berth. They’re going to be the No. 5 seed in the event that they win, and the No. 6 seed in the event that they lose and the Vikings win. The Cardinals can clinch the No. 1 general decide within the draft with a loss.

The up to date playoff image following the 1 p.m. ET video games has not modified:

Here’s what the @NFL playoff image appears to be like like as we prepare for the four:25 video games. pic.twitter.com/uInlzygBi8

— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) December 30, 2018

four:00 p.m. ET

So what can we take away from the early slate?

play

1:03

Deshaun Watson says the Texans by no means gave up hope to win the divisional title after they began the season Zero-Three.

Three:25 p.m. ET

All eyes in New Orleans have been educated on Teddy Bridgewater, who made his first begin because the 2015 playoffs, however one other quarterback has stolen the present on the Superdome.

Panthers backup Kyle Allen, beginning for the injured Cam Newton and Taylor Heinicke, has run for one landing and thrown for 2 extra because the Panthers have taken a 30-Zero lead over the Saints.

NFL groups do not make personnel choices based mostly on meaningless Week 17 video games. Bridgewater will nonetheless get curiosity this offseason. However Allen, an undrafted rookie from Houston, actually drew some constructive consideration with throws like this one:

Kyle Allen goes DEEEEP! 🎯

📺: FOX #KeepPounding pic.twitter.com/9ZYWM84wDw

— NFL (@NFL) December 30, 2018

Three:15 p.m. ET

As we glance forward to the late afternoon video games, there are a few vital personnel choices to concentrate on.

The Pittsburgh Steelers won’t have receiver Antonio Brown (knee) as they start an uphill battle to get again into the playoff image. They may, nonetheless, have tailback James Connor (ankle).

In the meantime, the Minnesota Vikings will likely be with out cornerback Xavier Rhodes (groin) as they struggle to defeat the Chicago Bears and clinch a playoff spot. The Bears have some damage deactivations as nicely, together with receiver Allen Robinson (ribs), security Eddie Jackson (ankle) and linebacker Aaron Lynch (elbow) — however they seem set to play the remainder of their starters on this sport.

Three:05 p.m. ET

The NFL is a copycat league, and it seems that just a few groups that stole the “Philly Particular” from the Eagles don’t desire to take their very own variations into the offseason with them.

Right here is the Falcons’ model, which led to an 5-yard scoring move from Mohamed Sanu to Matt Ryan:

The @AtlantaFalcons particular.

Sanu to Ryan. TOUCHDOWN.

📺: FOX #InBrotherhood pic.twitter.com/Jlryt8QaAQ

— NFL (@NFL) December 30, 2018

And here’s what the Dolphins put collectively, ending in a Three-yard landing from Kenny Stills to Ryan Tannehill:

[email protected] ➡️ @ryantannehill1 ➡️ TD!

📺 » @NFLonCBS#MIAvsBUF #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/FBrwyngnjq

— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) December 30, 2018

2:35 p.m. ET

The Houston Texans have a snug 17-Three halftime lead over the Jacksonville Jaguars. If that holds, the Texans will win the AFC South title.

Until the Patriots collapse and lose to the Jets, the Texans would have to wait till this night to be taught their playoff seeding.

Apart from a Patriots loss, right here is how the Texans might clinch a first-round bye: Texans win, losses by the Chiefs and Chargers and Texans clinch a tie in energy of victory tiebreaker over the Chiefs. The Texans cannot clinch the No. 1 seed until the Patriots lose.

Up 17-Three at halftime, the Texans now have a 94% likelihood to win the AFC South. pic.twitter.com/XlMRxisqqN

— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) December 30, 2018

In the meantime, because the early video games go to the half, there may be some motion within the FPI’s projected draft order:

Live order of FPI’s common projected draft place as of about 2 p.m.:

1. Cardinals
2. Jets
Three. 49ers
four. Raiders
5. Giants
6. Lions
7. Jaguars
Eight. Bucs
9. Falcons
10. Payments

— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) December 30, 2018

2:15 p.m. ET

A nap-fest at Lambeau Discipline turned each critical and entertaining in the course of the second quarter.

On the intense aspect: Inexperienced Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers went to the locker room to be examined for a attainable concussion. The choice to play Rodgers in a meaningless sport behind a variety of backup offensive linemen needs to be scrutinized.

On the entertaining aspect: Detroit Lions kicker Matt Prater threw a landing move and kicked an additional level on consecutive performs because the Lions took a 14-Zero lead. The Lions snuck tight finish Levine Toilolo broad left, and the Packers by no means noticed him as they ready to defend a 26-yard discipline objective.

As a substitute, Prater threw this Eight-yard landing move:

[email protected] calling a kicker TD move is the whole lot we have ever wished 🙌@MattPrater_5 pic.twitter.com/GEsh58X58u

— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) December 30, 2018

1:45 p.m. ET

The New England Patriots have taken a 21-Three lead over the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. A Patriots win would clinch a minimum of the No. 2 seed within the AFC, which might give them a first-round playoff bye.

To get the No. 1 seed, and thus AFC home-field benefit all through the playoffs, the Patriots want a win together with losses by each the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers. Each groups will kick off later this afternoon; the Chiefs host the Oakland Raiders and the Chargers go to the Denver Broncos.

Up 21-Three at halftime, the Patriots have all however wrapped up a bye. pic.twitter.com/hrofFf8Y36

— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) December 30, 2018

1:30 p.m. ET

Week 17 brings us playoff depth in some stadiums and preseason lethargy in others. And in just a few, we see the personification of worst nightmares and best desires.

The excellent news for New York Giants followers is that rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta received on the sector.

The unhealthy information is that he was lined up at receiver.

In the meantime, beginning quarterback Eli Manning has thrown two horrendous interceptions, together with the one beneath:

Large man received some massive palms 🙌 @AntwaunWoods_ pic.twitter.com/YSrOxahYkE

— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) December 30, 2018

12:30 p.m. ET

This graphic won’t be full till about 11 p.m. ET. However at present’s chaos is all based mostly on this construction. Let’s have some enjoyable!

A reminder of the place the @NFL playoff image is BEFORE Week 17 video games begin. pic.twitter.com/YPPOrzdAUw

— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) December 30, 2018

Coming into at present, the almost definitely Tremendous Bowl situation is Saints-Chiefs:

Coming into at present’s motion, FPI believes there’s a 25% likelihood the Saints and Chiefs will meet within the Tremendous Bowl, by far the almost definitely Tremendous Bowl matchup. Subsequent-most doubtless is Saints-Patriots at 14%.

Seth Walder, ESPN Analytics15h in the past

11:45 a.m. ET

Some groups will deal with at present like a playoff sport. Others … won’t. Try a number of the massive names who’re inactive at present, in some circumstances as a result of their groups are out of the playoffs and in others as a result of they’re already in.

Official:
Ezekiel Elliott: Out
Davante Adams: Out
Alvin Kamara: Out
Drew Brees: Out
Kenny Golladay: Out
Leonard Fournette: Out
Carlos Hyde: In
Cordarelle Patterson: Out
DeSean Jackson: Out
Keke Coutee: Out
D’Onta Foreman: Out
Devin Funchess: Out

— Discipline Yates (@FieldYates) December 30, 2018

11:35 a.m. ET

At this time is not nearly @NFL playoffs. Many of the 2019 draft order will likely be decided as nicely. Right here is how ESPN’s Soccer Energy Index initiatives the highest 10: pic.twitter.com/kHN56iZBoM

— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) December 30, 2018

10:45 a.m. ET

Whereas most of our consideration at present will likely be on the playoff ramifications of every sport, it is value remembering that the NFL teaching carousel will start in earnest as early as tonight and positively by tomorrow. A handful of head coaches may very well be working their remaining video games with their present franchises. A fast refresher on the place all of it stands:

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  • Two groups have confirmed openings by way of in-season firings: the Cleveland Browns and Inexperienced Bay Packers. Interim coaches Gregg Williams (Browns) and Joe Philbin (Packers) will get consideration as replacements, however each groups will conduct a number of exterior interviews. The Packers have already got spoken to former NFL head coaches Jim Caldwell and Chuck Pagano and are anticipated to request an interview with Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald.

  • The way forward for New York Jets coach Todd Bowles may be very a lot doubtful, in accordance to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. So is that of the Arizona Cardinals’ Steve Wilks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Dirk Koetter.

  • Different coaches to keep watch over embody: the Cincinnati Bengals’ Marvin Lewis, the Denver Broncos’ Vance Joseph, the Miami Dolphins’ Adam Gase and the Washington Redskins’ Jay Gruden.

  • In accordance to Schefter, a minimum of one workforce is planning to contact the Baltimore Ravens about coach John Harbaugh, to decide if Harbaugh may very well be out there by way of commerce. The Ravens mentioned final week that they have been coming into negotiations with Harbaugh on a contract extension.

The place will the replacements come from? Right here is an intensive checklist of prospects ESPN compiled final month, headed by New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Sure, a number of NFL groups would leap on the likelihood to rent him even after he reneged on an settlement final winter to be a part of the Indianapolis Colts.

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Rise and shine — it is Week 17! We defined the full playoff eventualities on this submit, however with three hours till the primary video games of the common season’s remaining week kickoff, here is a fast rundown of at present’s vital video games. Be sure to settle in. Many of the video games with playoff impression will likely be performed late this afternoon or tonight.

Early window (1 p.m. ET):

  • The playoff discipline is lastly set. This is your information to the whole lot you want to know concerning the 12 groups vying to win Tremendous Bowl LIII.

  • From the wild-card spherical via Tremendous Bowl LIII, ESPN.com has you lined. Try the full playoff image and protection on every workforce.

  • We requested reporters, analysts and former gamers whom they’d decide to coach their workforce, with 25 names making the checklist.

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  • Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants: The Cowboys have the NFC East locked up, however the Giants will jockey for draft place in a category mild on QBs.

  • Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Payments: Each groups are trying forward to the draft, and the Dolphins are maybe taking one final take a look at Ryan Tannehill earlier than evaluating their quarterback state of affairs within the offseason.

  • Detroit Lions at Inexperienced Bay Packers: The Bears are in and the Vikings have an opportunity to be, however these two NFC North groups will likely be on the surface trying in over the subsequent month. The Packers have a pair of first-round picks to look ahead to in April.

  • Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans: The Texans can clinch the AFC South with a win, or a tie between the Colts and Titans. They’d safe a first-round bye with a win and a Patriots loss; or a win mixed with losses by the Chiefs and Chargers and a tie within the strength-of-victory tiebreaker over the Chiefs. In addition they have an out of doors likelihood at AFC home-field benefit — they would wish a win and losses by the Patriots, Chiefs and Chargers. On the opposite sideline, the Jags nonetheless have an opportunity to higher their draft place as they search for the reply at quarterback.

  • New York Jets at New England Patriots: The Patriots nonetheless have an opportunity on the AFC’s No. 1 general seed. They would wish to win and for the Chiefs and Chargers to lose. In any other case, they’ll clinch a first-round bye with a victory or losses by the Ravens, Texans and Titans.

  • Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints: The Saints will showcase Teddy Bridgewater, as they have already got home-field benefit for the playoffs. The Panthers, in the meantime, are down to their third-string QB.

  • Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Neither workforce will see postseason motion, however it will likely be an analysis day for Jameis Winston. Will the Bucs commit to the FSU product long run?

Late window (four:25 p.m. ET):

  • Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens can clinch the AFC North title with a win or a Steelers loss. In that situation, there may be an out of doors likelihood they might clinch a first-round bye. To do it, they would wish a win, losses by the Patriots and Texans, after which both of two outcomes: a Colts-Titans final result that does not finish in a tie, or the Ravens clinching a tie within the strength-of-victory tiebreaker over the Texans.

  • Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins: The Eagles want a victory and a Vikings loss to clinch a playoff spot.

  • Oakland Raiders at Kansas Metropolis Chiefs: A victory will give Kansas Metropolis the AFC West title and home-field benefit all through the playoffs. If the Chiefs lose, they would wish losses from the Chargers, Patriots and Texans to stay the No. 1 seed, and losses by the Chargers and both the Patriots or Texans would safe the No. 2 seed for the Chiefs. The Raiders are within the hunt for the highest decide within the draft, and it might be the primary of three alternatives for them within the first spherical in April.

  • Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings want a win or an Eagles loss (or tie) to clinch a playoff berth. With a win, they’d be the No. 5 seed if the Seahawks lose and the No. 6 seed if the Seahawks win. The Bears, who’ve already clinched the NFC North, have incentive as nicely. They will clinch a first-round bye with a victory and a Rams loss.

  • Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers win the AFC North title with a victory and a Ravens loss. If the Ravens win, the one approach the Steelers could make the playoffs is that if they win and the Colts and Titans tie.

  • Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos: The Chargers can leap to the highest of the AFC playoff race with a win and a Chiefs loss. That will give them the AFC West title and home-field benefit all through the playoffs. In any other case, they would be the No. 5 seed.

  • San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams: The Rams will clinch a first-round bye with a win or a Bears loss.

  • Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks have clinched a playoff berth. They’re going to be the No. 5 seed in the event that they win, and the No. 6 seed in the event that they lose and the Vikings win. The Cardinals can clinch the No. 1 general decide within the draft with a loss.

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