Unlike the NFC, where everything most everything is up for grabs -- seriously, not even the Seattle Seahawks have clinched their division -- the AFC looks a lot more solid with one week left. Sure, the seeding could change, but right now the top five spots will be occupied by these teams, guaranteed: the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs. Only the sixth berth is up for grabs, and boy is it -- one of four teams could earn it, and five teams could finish tied for it.

So let's look ahead: How will the clinched playoff teams fare in the postseason? And which group will join them?


Denver Broncos

At 12-3, Peyton Manning & Co. know they have a playoff bye -- but still need a win or a Patriots loss to earn the No. 1 seed.

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How will the Broncos fare in the playoffs?

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    8%
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    36%
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    24%
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    32%

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New England Patriots

Thanks to their win over Denver, Tom Brady and the Patriots still could earn home-field throughout the playoffs. But a bye is not guaranteed ...

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How will the Patriots fare in the playoffs?

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    31%
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    42%
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    11%
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    16%

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Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals could jump into the No. 2 seed or fall into fourth, but third seems most likely.

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How will the Bengals fare in the playoffs?

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    27%
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    54%
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    10%
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    4%
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    5%

Discuss (Total votes: 10,860)


Indianapolis Colts

The Colts might be in for a rematch of Sunday's game -- a 23-7 win at Kansas City.

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How will the Colts fare in the playoffs?

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    44%
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    42%
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    8%
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    2%
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    4%

Discuss (Total votes: 10,576)


Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs are locked into the No. 5 slot; right now it's all about who gets the fourth seed.

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How will the Chiefs fare in the playoffs?

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    33%
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    46%
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    13%
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    3%
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    5%

Discuss (Total votes: 10,498)


The last spot?

The permutations seem endless, and the current No. 6 isn't even in control of its own fate. (The Dolphins would lose a head-to-head tiebreaker with Baltimore.)

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Which team will earn the final AFC wild-card spot? (Note: Steelers win tiebreaker if all four teams plus Jets finish 8-8)

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    42%
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    18%
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    21%
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    19%

Discuss (Total votes: 103,272)

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