The 2021 NFL season is in double-digit weeks and closer to the end of its new 17-game schedule. It’s time to check out the updated standings again and what the week 12 playoff picture looks like.

The league has retained its expanded field of play, with 14 of its 32 teams (43.8%) set to advance to the final playoffs. This includes 7 each from the AFC and NFC, with only the No.1 seeds securing passes in addition to the home court advantage.

Who would be, who is still in contention and who should be thinking about next season? Here’s a full rundown:

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Who would be in it?

1. Baltimore Ravens (7-3), first place, AFC North. The Ravens rallied without Lamar Jackson and Marquise Brown to survive Chicago and retain the lead of the division. They also put more pressure on the losing Titans and stayed ahead of the winning Patriots, which they can do with a win in Week 12. They draw the Browns on Sunday night. Remaining time: vs. CLE, at PIT, at CLE, vs. GB, at CIN, vs. LAR, vs. PIT

2. New England Patriots (8-4), first place, AFC East. The Patriots tied the Week 12 Bills’ result to return to the top of the division by half a game. They are behind the Ravens with a lower winning percentage after playing more than two games. Their victory over the Titans also gave them the tiebreaker for the No.2. Remaining time: against BUF, BYE, at IND, against BUF, against JAX, at MIA

3. Tennessee Titans (8-4), first place, AFC South. The Titans slipped from No.1 with their loss to the Patriots, losing a full game behind the Ravens and staying just a half game ahead of the Chiefs, whom they beat earlier in the season, with the Bills. The Titans still don’t have to worry about the Remaining time: BYE, against JAX, at PIT, against SF, against MIA, at HOU

4. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4), first place, AFC West. The Chiefs stayed here after beating the Cowboys because they lost to the Titans and Ravens and the Patriots also have the top conference record. A win was huge to stay ahead of the Chargers. The Chiefs get a well-deserved goodbye in Week 12. Remaining time: vs. Den, vs. LV, at LAC, vs. PIT, at CIN, at DEN

5. Cincinnati Bengals (7-4), second place, AFC North. The Bengals returned to the wilds and divisional playoffs with some key back-to-back wins over the Raiders and Steelers after the bye. They beat the Ravens on the road earlier and can finish in first place if the Ravens lose to the Browns. They hold the tiebreaker for that spot on the Bills with a better conference record. Nothing easy remains on the slate, however. Remaining time: against LAC, against SF, at DEN, against BAL, against KC, at CLE

6. Buffalo Bills (7-4), second place, AFC Est. The Bills fell here after their victory over the Saints because the Patriots responded by taking care of the Titans. They’ll get their shot to catch and pass the Patriots next Monday night. Other than twice New England, Buffalo has a big challenge against Tampa Bay. Remaining time: against NE, against TB, against CAR, against NE, against ATL, NYJ.

7. Los Angeles Chargers (6-4), second place, AFC West. The Chargers outlasted the Steelers in Week 11 to stay in the playoff position and a half a game behind the Division Chiefs. Justin Herbert gives them a chance every week and Brandon Staley stays on his path to Coach of the Year. Remaining time: at DEN, at CIN, against NYG, against KC, at HOU, against DEN, at LV

Who can go there?

8. Las Vegas Raiders (6-5)
9. Cleveland Browns (6-5)
10. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5-1)
11. Denver Broncos (5-5)
12. Indianapolis Colts (6-6)

The Raiders won to help themselves in Week 12, while the Steelers and Colts lost to fall behind. The Raiders hold the tiebreaker against the Browns with a better conference record. The Browns and Broncos have a big opportunity in their final games of Week 12.

Who is about to go out?

13. Miami Dolphins (5-7)
14. New York Jets (3-8)
15. Houston Texans (2-9)
16. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9)

The Dolphins have won four straight games after a 1-7 start on a climb to respectability, but it’s too little, too late for a playoff push. The Jets parted ways with the last two with a win over the Texans and they still play against the Jaguars as well.

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Who would be in it?

1. Arizona Cardinals (9-2), first place, NFC West. The Cardinals did their best to score an impressive road victory in Seattle once again without Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins. They’ve already returned here after the Packers’ loss to the Vikings in Week 11. The Cardinals get a pass in Week 12. Remaining time: at CHI, vs LAR, at DET, vs IND, at DAL, vs SEA

2. Green Bay Packers (8-3), first place, NFC North. The Packers couldn’t win the round-trip thriller with the Vikings. The loss hurt them further in the NFC seed race for the No.1 between them, the Cardinals, Cowboys and Buccaneers, given their lead in the division is still three games. They host a key game against the Rams in Week 12. Remaining time: BYE, against CHI, at BAL, against CLE, against MIN, at DET

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-3), first place, NFC South. The Buccaneers took advantage of Week 12’s win over the Colts to move closer to the seed. They jumped on the lost Cowboys again and are behind the Packers for No. 2 with a lesser conference record. Tampa Bay badly needed the second straight win after losing two straight games around a pass with Tom Brady having rare interception issues. Remaining time: at ATL, against BUF, against NO, at CAR, at NYJ, against CAR

3. Dallas Cowboys (7-4), first place, NFC Est. The Cowboys failed to stay ahead of the Packers by losing hard to the Chiefs in Week 12. They fell to No.4 after the Buccaneers, who beat them in Week 1, won. The Cowboys don’t have to worry about falling into the wilds, as the division is a doom with everyone in the East still under .500. The loss to the Raiders in the opening of Week 12 kept them here. Remaining time: to NO, to WAS, to NYG, vs. WAS, vs. ARI, at PHI

5. Los Angeles Rams (7-3), second place, NFC West. The Rams got a pass in Week 11, so they should like how several of the teams around them lost to gain ground even when they are inactive, with the exception of the Cardinals, l team they are still chasing in the division and lagging by two games. The Rams need to get back on track in Week 12 at Green Bay after recent poor losses to the Titans and 49ers. Remaining time: against JAX, at ARI, against SEA, at MIN, at BAL, against SF

6. Minnesota Vikings (5-5), second place, NFC North. The Vikings did better in close games and Week 11’s last-second win over the Packers was massive to put them at the heart of the playoff picture. They’ve been dangerous all season due to their balanced and explosive offense and Mike Zimmer gets more timely play from the faltering defense. They draw the team behind them, the 49ers, in week 12. Remaining time: in DET, vs. PIT, at CHI, vs. LAR, in the UK, vs. CHI

7.San Francisco 49ers (5-5), third place, NFC West. The 49ers, who face the Vikings with a chance for a key spot on Sunday, got here when the Saints fell below 0.500 by losing to the Bills on Thursday night. The 49ers picked up a quick win over the Eagles that could pay off big later in the tiebreaker. Remaining time: at SEA, at CIN, against ATL, at TEN, against HOU, at LAR

Who can go there?

8. Altanta Falcons (5-6)
9. Saints of New Orleans (5-6)
10. Philadelphia Eagles (5-7)
11. Carolina Panthers (5-7)
12. Washington Football Team (4-6)
13. New York Giants (4-7)
14. Chicago Bear (4-7)
15. Seattle Seahawks (3-7)

The Falcons beat the Jaguars to skip the Saints, whom they beat earlier on the road. The Eagles lost to the Giants, giving them the same record as the loss to the Panthers. The Giants’ victory allowed them to jump the Bears, who beat the Lions on Thanksgiving. Washington has the opportunity to get close to a wild card and sink Seattle on Monday night.

Who is about to go out?

16. Detroit Lions (0-10-1)

The Lions started losing frustratingly again in Week 11 after securing a post-farewell tie in Week 10. This only increased with their last close teenage loss against the Lions. Bears at home on Thanksgiving.