Week 12 of the 2021 NFL season really muddied the AFC and NFC playoff waters.
Several teams in both conferences are really close to being in position for postseason berths, setting up a very intriguing NFL Week 13 and beyond.
The Arizona Cardinals still hold the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs.
The Baltimore Ravens now hold the top spot in the AFC.
But there are a lot of teams fighting for spots in the NFL postseason.
The top seed in each conference gets a bye in the playoffs and the other division winners get the No. 2 through No. 4 seeds.
The No. 5, No. 6 and No. 7 seeds go to the non-division winners with the best records.
NFC playoff picture after Week 12:
No. 1 Arizona Cardinals (9-2)
No. 2 Green Bay Packers (9-3)
No. 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-3)
No. 4 Dallas Cowboys (7-4)
No. 5 Los Angeles Rams (7-4)
No. 6 San Francisco 49ers (6-5)
No. 7 Washington Football Team (5-6)
In the hunt:
Minnesota Vikings (5-6)
Atlanta Falcons (5-6)
New Orleans Saints (5-6)
Philadelphia Eagles (5-7)
Carolina Panthers (5-7)
New York Giants (4-7)
Chicago Bears (4-7)
NFC playoff matchups right now:
No. 2 Packers vs. No. 7 Washington Football Team
No. 3 Buccaneers vs. No. 6 49ers
No. 4 Cowboys vs. No. 5 Rams
Notes: The Washington Football Team wins a tie breaker over the Falcons and Vikings on win percentage in conference games after a division tie breaker eliminated the Saints based on head-to-head win percentage.
AFC playoff picture after Week 12:
No. 1 Baltimore Ravens (8-3)
No. 2 New England Patriots (8-4)
No. 3 Tennessee Titans (8-4)
No. 4 Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)
No. 5 Cincinnati Bengals (7-4)
No. 6 Buffalo Bills (7-4)
No. 7 Los Angeles Chargers (6-5)
In the hunt:
Las Vegas Raiders (6-5)
Denver Broncos (6-5)
Indianapolis Colts (6-6)
Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5-1)
Cleveland Browns (6-6)
Miami Dolphins (5-7)
AFC playoff matchups right now:
No. 2 Patriots vs. No. 7 Chargers
No. 3 Titans vs. No. 6 Bills
No. 4 Chiefs vs. No. 5 Bengals
Notes: The Patriots take a tie breaker over the Titans on head-to-head win percentage. The Bengals take a tie breaker over the Bulls on win percentage in conference games. The Chargers take a tied breaker over the Broncos and Raiders on win percentage in division games.
Support local journalism: Subscribe to azcentral.com today.
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: NFL playoff picture: NFC, AFC playoff races tighten for NFL Week 13