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NFL Playoff Picture Week 14: Latest AFC, NFC Standings and Bracket Scenarios

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You hear this all the time. NFL playoff-caliber teams put their best effort on the field after Thanksgiving. To justify this statement, it's no surprise that the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots rose to the occasion over the past few weeks.

Many chirped about the flaws, which still exist, with the Patriots and Seahawks. However, both clubs have found ways to win football games and remain in the postseason discussion.

The Los Angeles Chargers don't fall into the category of perennial contenders, but it's a team moving in the right direction. Despite lacking quality wins, the eyeball test tells you it's not the same squad that started the year 0-4.