NFL Playoff Picture After Week 9

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The Kansas City Chiefs notched a crucial win in their quest for the top seed in the AFC. In the opening game of Week 9, which was held in Frankfurt, Germany, Patrick Mahomes and his team triumphed over the Miami Dolphins.

This victory solidified the Chiefs’ position at the forefront of the AFC standings, with the Baltimore Ravens being their primary challengers now on equal footing with them.

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Miami had been at risk of relinquishing their hold on the AFC East’s lead, but that potential scenario was averted when the Buffalo Bills fell to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night. Cincinnati’s decisive head-to-head victory propelled them into one of the three wild-card slots and knocked Buffalo out of the top seven in the AFC.

At the pinnacle of the NFC standings, there were no noteworthy developments, with the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers both enjoying a bye week. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles extended their conference lead by defeating the Dallas Cowboys.

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The most significant changes in the NFC occurred with the No. 4 seed and the wild-card race. Behind the leadership of Joshua Dobbs, the Minnesota Vikings’ victory over the Atlanta Falcons reshaped the dynamics of both the NFC South and the wild-card competition. These shifts were further emphasized by the losses suffered by Dallas and the Seattle Seahawks.

AFC Division Leaders

1. Kansas City (7-2)

2. Baltimore (7-2)

3. Jacksonville (6-2)

4. Miami (6-3)

AFC Wild-Card Race

5. Pittsburgh (5-3)

6. Cleveland (5-3)

7. Cincinnati (5-3)

8. Buffalo (5-4)

9. Houston (4-4)

10. LA Chargers (4-4)

10. Jets (4-4)

11. Indianapolis (4-5)

12. Las Vegas (4-5)

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NFC Division Leaders

1. Philadelphia (8-1)

2. Detroit (6-2)

3. San Francisco (5-3)

4. New Orleans (5-4)

NFC Wild-Card Race

5. Seattle (5-3)

6. Dallas (5-3)

7. Minnesota (5-4)

8. Washington (4-5)

9. Atlanta (4-5)

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S.K. Patrick is a sports journalist from Louisville, Ky with over 5 years of sports journalism experience. Patrick graduated from the University of Louisville with his BA in mass communications and a minor in marketing. Patrick has been part of Louisville's local sports community for several years. He’s a former high school football player and little league football coach. Patrick has covered press conferences and games for U of L’s Sports Information Office. He now covers the ACC, along with Western Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati. He has reported on Rick Pitino, Bobby Petrino, Jimbo Fisher, Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski, and many others. Professionally he has covered the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine.

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