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NFL playoff picture: AFC has a shakeup but Chiefs remain firm Wild Card, Steelers are out

There is plenty of time for things to change in the NFL playoff picture but the Kansas City Chiefs continue to win and solidify themselves as an AFC Wild Card team.

The Andy Dalton injury showed us that nothing is certain in the AFC right now. The Broncos, Patriots and Bengals look like the likely top three seeds but now the Bengals are without their quarterback and the Broncos are starting a guy with three career starts. And of course the Gronk injury...

This has been updated to reflect the Broncos-Raiders late afternoon game as well as the Patriots-Texans Sunday Night Football Game.

You can see tiebreaker information here as well as the NFC playoff picture.

AFC playoff picture

(Overall record, AFC record)

1. New England Patriots (11-2, 8-1)

2. Cincinnati Bengals (10-3, 8-2)

3. Denver Broncos (10-3, 6-3)

4. Indianapolis Colts (6-7, 4-5)

5. Kansas City Chiefs (8-5, 7-2)

6. New York Jets (8-5, 6-4)

In the hunt

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5, 5-4)

8. Oakland Raiders (6-7, 6-4)

9. Buffalo Bills (6-7, 6-5)

10. Houston Texans (6-7, 4-5)

11. Miami Dolphins (5-7, 3-6)

Chiefs remaining schedule

Week 15: @ Baltimore Ravens (Dec. 20, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 16: Cleveland Browns (Dec. 27, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 17: Oakland Raiders (Jan. 3, 12 p.m., CBS)