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Dec 8, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko (94) celebrates a touchdown that was awarded after a reviewed play during the second quarter of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL playoffs are beginning to take shape with three teams having clinched playoff berths with three weeks remaining. Week 15 will provide several other teams with opportunities to clinch playoff berths, including the Cincinnati Bengals, who will be looking to accomplish that feat for a second-straight year in Heinz Field against the Steelers, who will almost be certainly sitting at home for the postseason.

There’s still a lot to be determined as far as playoff matchups and who even makes it to the postseason. Here is the most up-to-date playoff picture:

AFC

SEED

TEAM

DIVISION

RECORD

1

(x) Denver

West

11-2-0

2

New England

East

10-3-0

3

Cincinnati

North

9-4-0

4

(y) Indianapolis

South

8-5-0

5

Kansas City

West

10-3-0

6

Baltimore

North

7-6-0

STILL ALIVE

SEED

TEAM

DIVISION

RECORD

7

Miami

East

7-6-0

8

San Diego

West

6-7-0

9

N.Y. Jets

East

6-7-0

10

Tennessee

South

5-8-0

11

Pittsburgh

North

5-8-0

12

Oakland

West

4-9-0

13

Jacksonville

South

4-9-0

14

Cleveland

North

4-9-0

15

Buffalo

East

4-9-0

ELIMINATED

SEED

TEAM

DIVISION

RECORD

16

Houston

South

2-11-0

NFC

SEED

TEAM

DIVISION

RECORD

1

(x) Seattle

West

11-2-0

2

New Orleans

South

10-3-0

3

Philadelphia

East

8-5-0

4

Detroit

North

7-6-0

5

Carolina

South

9-4-0

6

San Francisco

West

9-4-0

STILL ALIVE

SEED

TEAM

DIVISION

RECORD

7

Arizona

West

8-5-0

8

Dallas

East

7-5-0

9

Chicago

North

6-6-0

10

Green Bay

North

6-6-1

ELIMINATED

SEED

TEAM

DIVISION

RECORD

11

N.Y. Giants

East

5-8-0

12

St. Louis

West

5-8-0

13

Tampa Bay

South

4-9-0

14

Minnesota

North

3-9-1

15

Atlanta

South

3-10-0

16

Washington

East

3-10-0

Legend: ( X ) -clinched playoff berth | ( Y ) -denotes division winner | ( Z ) -denotes first-round bye | ( * ) -clinched home-field advantage

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