2005 Playoff Picture

See what the playoff picture would look like if the season ended today.

Originally Published: December 19, 2004
ESPN.com

Here's how the playoff races would look if the 2005 season ended right now:

Week 13 playoff scenarios -- Colts and Seahawks can clinch

AFC playoff race NFC playoff race
Team W L T Div Conf Team W L T Div Conf
1. Colts 11 0 0 4-0 8-0 1. Seahawks 9 2 0 5-0 8-1
2. Broncos 9 2 0 3-0 6-1 2. Bears 8 3 0 3-0 7-1
3. Bengals 8 3 0 3-1 5-3 3. Panthers 8 3 0 1-1 5-2
4. Patriots 6 5 0 2-0 4-4 4. Cowboys 7 4 0 3-1 6-2
5. Jaguars 8 3 0 2-1 6-2 5. Giants 7 4 0 2-1 6-3
6. Steelers 7 4 0 3-1 6-4 6. Bucs 7 4 0 1-1 5-3
7. Chargers 7 4 0 2-1 5-2 7. Falcons 7 4 0 1-1 4-3
8. Chiefs 7 4 0 2-2 6-3 8. Vikings 6 5 0 3-1 5-4

NFC scenarios

• Cowboys would be NFC East champion based on head-to-head win over the Giants.

• Bears would be No. 2 seed in NFC based on head-to-head win over the Panthers.

• Giants would be No. 5 seed based on better conference record than the Bucs.

• Bucs would be No. 6 seed based on head-to-head win over the Falcons.

AFC scenarios

• Steelers would be No. 6 seed in AFC based on head-to-head win over the Chargers.

For a detailed explanation of tie-breaking procedures, click here.


Wild-card matchups

AFC
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots
First-round byes: Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

NFC
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
First-round byes: Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears