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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/17/13

NFL Updates: Updated Playoff Picture, Week 16 Schedule and More

December 17, 2013

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Week 15 in the NFL has officially reached its conclusion, and we saw plenty of interesting things on the field over the weekend as teams around the league continue to jockey for playoff positioning. Now that the Thursday games are done, we’ve got an unusually long turnaround time before Week 16 begins. There’s still plenty to talk about, though, so with that in mind let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there.

Ravens-Lions Notes: The Week 15 installment of “Monday Night Football” was pretty entertaining and came down to the very end, which is really all we can ask for as football fans. The Ravens emerged on top 18-16 on the strength of six field goals from uber-kicker Justin Tucker--including a franchise-record 61-yarder that helped clinch the win in the fourth quarter.
Detroit, meanwhile, suffered a handful of miscues and boneheaded penalties that ultimately cost them the game, including a pair of huge drops from the normally reliable Calvin Johnson and a trio of interceptions by Matthew Stafford. They’re now at the mercy of Chicago and Green Bay when it comes to recapturing the NFC North. Jay Cutler and the Bears moved into the lead in that division after a big Week 15 win over the Browns. 
As for the Ravens, they’re in control of their own destiny again, as they retake the final Wild Card spot in the AFC with this key victory.

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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 12/17/13

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NFL Playoff Picture: Now that all of the Week 15 games have been completed, let’s take an updated look at the playoff standings in both conferences. We’ll have some very important games in Week 16 that will help decide who makes the postseason and who will be watching from the couch, so we're sure to see plenty of movement in the standings before everything's finished.

NFC Standings:

1. Seattle Seahawks 12-2 (Lead West; Clinched Playoff Spot)
2. New Orleans Saints 10-4 (Lead South; Own Tiebreaker over Carolina)
3. Philadelphia Eagles 8-6 (Lead East)
4. Chicago Bears 8-6 (Lead North)
5. Carolina Panthers 10-4 (Wild Card 1)
6. San Francisco 49ers 10-4 (Wild Card 2)

In the Hunt: Cardinals 9-5, Packers 7-6-1, Lions 7-7, Cowboys 7-7

AFC Standings:

1. Denver Broncos 11-3 (Lead West; Clinched Playoff Spot; Own Tiebreaker Over Chiefs)
2. New England Patriots 10-4 (Lead East)
3. Cincinnati Bengals 9-5 (Lead North)
4. Indianapolis Colts 9-5 (Lead South; Clinched Division)
5. Kansas City chiefs 11-3 (Wild Card 1; Clinched Playoff Spot)
6. Baltimore Ravens 8-6 (Wild Card 2)

In the Hunt: Dolphins 8-6, Chargers 7-7

NFL Week 16 Schedule: Week 15 is officially over, so it's time to start looking forward to Week 16 in the NFL. There are lots of pretty good-looking matchups ahead, so it should be another good weekend of football. Here’s a look at the full schedule, along with the start times and TV networks carrying the games.

Sunday, December 22, 2013:

1:00 PM ET:
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (CBS)
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers (FOX)
Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals (FOX)
Denver Broncos at Houston Texans (CBS)
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars (CBS)
Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (FOX)
Cleveland Browns at New York Jets (CBS)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at St. Louis Rams (FOX)

4:05 PM ET:
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
New York Giants at Detroit Lions (FOX)

4:25 PM ET:
New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)
Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers (CBS)
Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers (CBS)

8:30 PM ET:
Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles (NBC)

Monday, December 23, 2013:

8:40 PM ET:
Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers (ESPN)

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