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NFL essentials from Sunday: Seedings and records

The NFL playoffs are set and players set records on Sunday.

The NFL playoffs are set after Week 17 action determined the final placements for the postseason.

In the AFC, the New England Patriots clinched the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with 35-14 win over the Miami Dolphins, who are the sixth seed in the AFC.

The Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC West and earned a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed with a 37-27 win over the San Diego Chargers and Oakland’s 24-6 loss at Denver.

The Pittsburgh Steelers secured the third seed and will host the Dolphins in the opening round.

The Oakland Raiders (No. 5 seed) will travel to take on the Houston Texans (No. 4 seed), who won the AFC South.

In the NFC, the Dallas Cowboys earned the No. 1 spot and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs despite a meaningless loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. 

The Atlanta Falcons had already locked up the NFC South, but they also earned a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed with Sunday’s 38-32 win over New Orleans. 

The Seattle Seahawks had already clinched the NFC West and they became the No. 3 seed in the NFC, set to host the Detroit Lions, who lost the NFC North title game to the Green Bay Packers to make Detroit the No. 6 seed in the conference.

The Packers clinched the NFC North and No. 4 seed and will host the fifth-seeded New York Giants in the wild card round.

Playoff schedule

Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET (ESPN): Raiders at Texans
Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC): Lions at Seahawks

Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET (CBS): Dolphins at Steelers
Sunday, 4:40 p.m. ET (FOX): Giants at Packers


  • Patriots QB Tom Brady set the NFL record for the best touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio with 28 touchdowns and only two interceptions after completing 75.8 percent of his 33 passes on Sunday for 276 yards and three touchdowns. That made it 51 career games for Brady with at least three touchdown tosses and no interceptions, tying Peyton Manning for the most such games in league history.
  • Cowboys QB Dak Prescott finished the season with a 104.9 passer rating, the highest by a rookie in NFL history, surpassing Robert Griffin III’s 102.4 from the 2012 season. On the season, Prescott completed 67.8 percent of his passes for 3,667 yards with 23 touchdowns and four interceptions and his 0.9 interception percentage is the lowest by a rookie quarterback in NFL history (minimum 200 passing attempts).  His 3,667 yards on the season were the second-most ever by a player who threw fewer than five interceptions, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • Prescott’s teammate and fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott finished the season with the third-highest rushing total by a rookie in NFL history. He led the league with 1,631 yards this season, the fifth rookie since 1970 to lead the league in rushing yards and the first since Edgerrin James (1,553) in 1999.
  • Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford finished the season with the NFL record for completion percentage (71.6), beating Drew Brees’ 71.2 mark from the 2011 season. Bradford completed 395 of 552 passes this year, the most completions in Vikings history.
  • Falcons QB Matt Ryan finished the season with a 117.1 passer rating, the fifth-highest in NFL history, after completing 75 percent of his 36 passes on Sunday (four TDs, no interceptions) for 331 yards and four touchdowns.
  • New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees finished the season with 5,208 yards passing, the fourth-highest single-season total in NFL history. Brees had 350 yards and two touchdowns against Atlanta. It was his fifth season with more than 5,000 yards passing and is the only quarterback in NFL history to have more than one season with 5,000 yards (he owns five of the nine seasons that has been done in the NFL).
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston became the first player in NFL history to record 4,000 passing yards in each of his first two seasons. With 50 career touchdowns passes, he is the fifth player in NFL history to throw at least 50 touchdowns passes in his first two seasons. Winston had 4,042 yards as a rookie and 4,090 yards this season.
  • Packers QB Aaron Rodgers finished the season on the longest streak of passes without an interception in his career (245) and he also has the lowest interception rate in NFL history with one interception per 65 passes, according to Elias.
  • Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald led the NFL with 107 catches this year and became the oldest player (33 years, 123 days old) to lead the league in receptions since Jerry Rice (34 years, 71 days) in 1996.
  • San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates now has 111 career touchdown receptions, tying him with Tony Gonzalez for the most in NFL history by a tight end.
  • Chiefs playmaker Tyreek Hill returned a punt 95 yards for a touchdown, marking the fourth consecutive game in which he scored a touchdown on 60 yards or longer, tying the longest such streak in NFL history, according to Elias.
  • Lions QB Matthew Stafford became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 30,000 career passing yards, doing it in 109 games. 

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