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The Seahawks and Broncos went 13-3 and earned No. 1 seeds in their respective conferences. But which one is the best of the 12-team 2013-14 NFL playoff field? Or do you believe one of the others -- perhaps the upstart Panthers, or the experienced Patriots -- should earn the top spot? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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NFL playoff teams

49ers

49ers

12-4, 2nd in NFC West

Bengals

Bengals

11-5, 1st in AFC North

Broncos

Broncos

13-3, 1st in AFC West

Chargers

Chargers

9-7, 3rd in AFC West

Chiefs

Chiefs

11-5, 2nd in AFC West

Colts

Colts

11-5, 1st in AFC South

Eagles

Eagles

10-6, 1st in NFC East

Packers

Packers

8-7-1, 1st in NFC North

Panthers

Panthers

12-4, 1st in NFC South

Patriots

Patriots

12-4, 1st in AFC East

Saints

Saints

11-5, 2nd in NFC South

Seahawks

Seahawks

13-3, 1st in NFC West

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Ravens change playoff picture?

Six Justin Tucker field goals -- including a 61-yarder with 38 seconds left -- were all the Baltimore Ravens needed on "Monday Night Football" to throw three playoff races for a loop. By beating the Detroit Lions 18-16, Baltimore moved to 8-6 and within one game of the Cincinnati Bengals atop the AFC North. By losing, Detroit fell to 7-7 and a surprising third in an NFC North Division it recently controlled. And then there's the AFC wild-card race, which still features three strong candidates -- four if you count Cincinnati -- fighting for one last spot. How will it all shake out?

  • Which team will win the AFC North?

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  • Which team will win the NFC North?

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  • Which of these teams will earn the last AFC wild-card spot?

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  • Which of these teams would be most dangerous in the playoffs?

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  • What are the chances the Patriots and Bengals don't both win their respective divisions?

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  • Will the Lions ever win a playoff game with Matthew Stafford as starting quarterback?

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  • Is Jim Schwartz on the hot seat?

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  • Will a kicker ever hit a 70-yard field goal in a game?

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Thursday night AFC shakeup?

We didn't see that coming. Sure, the San Diego Chargers have posted some impressive victories this season -- at Kansas City, anyone? -- but their 27-20 win in Denver on Thursday came as a surprise. It also might have shaken up a somewhat clear regular-season picture in the AFC. Suddenly, San Diego is back in decent playoff position. Denver, off an uncharacteristically slow offensive performance, might need a pair of road wins to clinch a division that seemed theirs. How will the last two-plus weeks play out?

How worried should Broncos fans be about their 27-20 home loss to the Chargers on Thursday?

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  • Can the Broncos win the Super Bowl without a healthy Wes Welker?

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  • Which team will win the AFC West?

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  • What is your pick to win the AFC?

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  • If the current AFC top five (DEN, NE, CIN, IND, KC) holds, which of these teams is most likely to earn the sixth playoff spot?

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  • How many wins will the sixth AFC wild-card team finish with?

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  • Peyton Manning is three TD passes shy of tying Tom Brady's single-season record (50). Will he break it?

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While the Denver Broncos were taking control of the AFC West against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, the other three top AFC contenders took care of business to extend their leads atop their respective divisions. And although none has officially clinched, the Cincinnati Bengals (two games up), New England Patriots (three) and Indianapolis Colts (also three) seem destined to host playoff contests come January.

Elsewhere, the Miami Dolphins moved to .500 by hammering the New York Jets, while the Baltimore Ravens looked on after beating the rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving. Which wild-card contender will taste the postseason? How will the division leaders fare?


Patriots' outlook?

The Patriots moved to 9-3 on Sunday -- but had to eke out a win over Houston.

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How far will the Patriots go this season?

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Bengals' outlook?

The Bengals topped the host Chargers 17-10, moving them to 8-4 with three home games left.

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How far will the Bengals go this season?

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Colts' outlook?

Indy hasn't looked great of late but is 8-4 and should cruise to the AFC South title.

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How far will the Colts go this season?

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Last spot?

The Dolphins and Ravens are one game ahead of a four-team pack at 5-7.

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If the top five playoff spots hold in the AFC, which team will earn the sixth?

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You know how the NFL goes: One shouldn't assume anything. But -- despite losses by the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday -- the top five playoff spots in the AFC have seemed locked up for some time. That last berth, though? The race continues to be heated. Six teams (New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and San Diego Chargers) currently are tied for that position, with 5-6 records. Three (Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders) trail by just one game. Of those nine teams, which is most likely to make the playoffs? Least likely? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

AFC wild-card contenders

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Browns

Chargers

Dolphins

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Raiders

Ravens

Steelers

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