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NFL playoff picture and schedule: Both Vikings and Texans will play next week

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AFC: 1. Broncos, 2. Patriots; 6. Bengals at 3. Texans, 5. Colts at 4. Ravens

NFC: 1. Falcons, 2. 49ers; 6. Vikings at 3. Packers, 5. Seahawks at 4. Redskins

Saturday: Bengals at Texans (4:30 ET, NBC/Y! Sports), Vikings at Packers (8 ET, NBC/Y! Sports)

Sunday: Colts at Ravens (1 ET, CBS), Seahawks at Redskins (4:30 ET, Fox)

Saturday, Jan. 12: at Broncos (4:30 ET, CBS), at 49ers (8 ET, Fox)

Sunday, Jan. 13: at Falcons (1 ET, Fox), at Patriots (4:30 ET, CBS)


The Vikings are happy to be playing next Saturday. The Texans are disappointed to be doing the same.

Minnesota edged the Packers to earn the NFC's final wild card spot and a rematch against Green Bay next weekend. The Vikings' win also gave the 49ers next week off.

The Texans' loss was a gift to the Broncos and Patriots. Both earned first-round byes with wins, dropping Houston into a rematch of last year's opening round against the Bengals.

Here's the updated playoff picture.

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AFC

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DIVISION LEADERS

Denver
1. Denver Broncos (13-3)
• Clinched the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage through the AFC playoffs with a win vs. the Chiefs and a Texans loss.

Baltimore
2. New England Patriots (12-4)
• Clinched a first-round bye with a win at the Dolphins and a Texans loss due to a head-to-head win vs. the Texans.

Houston
3. Houston Texans (12-4)
• Fell to the No. 3 seed with a loss at the Colts and a Broncos win and a Patriots win.
• Will open the playoffs at home against the Bengals.

Baltimore
4. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
• Will open the playoffs at home against the Colts.
• Clinched the North due to a better division record than the Bengals (4-2 to 3-3) despite a loss at the Bengals.

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WILD CARD LEADERS

Indianapolis
5. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)
• Clinched a playoff berth and the No. 5 seed.
• Will open the playoffs at the Ravens.

Cincinnati
6. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)
• Clinched a playoff berth and the No. 6 seed.
• Will open the playoffs at the Texans.


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NFC

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DIVISION LEADERS

Atlanta
1. Atlanta Falcons (13-3)
• Clinched the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs despite a loss vs. the Buccaneers.

San Francisco
2. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1)
• Clinched the West with a win vs. the Cardinals.
• Clinched a first-round bye with a Packers loss.

Green Bay
3. Green Bay Packers (11-5)
• Fell to No. 3 with a loss at the Vikings and a 49ers win.
• Will open the playoffs at home vs. the Vikings.

Washington
4. Washington Redskins (10-6)
• Clinched the East and No. 4 seed with a win vs. the Cowboys.
• Will open the playoffs at home vs. the Seahawks.

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WILD CARD LEADERS

Seattle
5. Seattle Seahawks (11-5)
• Stuck at No. 5 despite a win vs. the Rams due to a 49ers win.
• Will open the playoffs at the Redskins.

Minnesota
6. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)
• Clinched a playoff berth with a win vs. the Packers due to a better division record than the Bears (4-2 to 3-3).
• Will open the playoffs at the Packers.

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