2021 NFL Playoff Picture, Standings: Packers can clinch playoff berth on Sunday Night Football vs. Bears

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The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers are set to face off in an NFC North matchup that has important implications on the NFL playoff picture. Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night in America. The match-up will also be available via live stream on Peacock.

The 4-8 Bears occupy the third spot in the NFC North while the Packers own the No. 2 seed in the NFC. After winning seven straight games between Weeks 2-8, Green Bay has two losses in its last four matchups. This week, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are hosting the Bears in the second of their twice-annual meetings.

There is a long and storied rivalry between the Packers and Bears that, despite the mismatched records of both teams this season, continues on year after year. The last time both teams met nearly two months ago, Rodgers yelled, “I own you” in the direction of Bears fans at Soldier Field. Rodgers’ utterance will be put the test on Sunday night. Rookie quarterback Justin Fields, who missed the last two games with a rib injury, is set to make his debut at Lambeau Field.

NBC News political correspondent Steve Kornacki makes his return to Football Night in America this week to trade election result breakdowns for NFL playoff picture scenarios. Kornacki will join the show for the remainder of the regular season and will be a part of NBC Sports’ coverage of Super Bowl LVI from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 13.

Let’s take a closer look at the NFL playoff picture in the NFC and AFC.

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Week 14 Clinching Scenario for Green Bay

The Packers could punch their ticket to the playoffs on Sunday night but they are going to need some help from other teams. Below is the scenario in which Green Bay can punch its ticket to the playoffs:

  • Because Minnesota won Thursday, Green Bay can clinch a playoff berth with a win and a 49ers loss (at CIN) and a Saints loss or tie (at NYJ).

2021 NFC Playoff Picture:

The NFC is a top-heavy conference and, as a result, every game has the potential to define the NFL playoff picture.

Entering Week 14, the Arizona Cardinals lead the conference with a 10-2 record. Last week, star QB Kyler Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins returned to the field after being sidelined with injuries. The Cardinals have been strong on both sides of the ball as Arizona’s defense is allowing an NFC-best 17.4 points per game. Of their 10 wins, only two have been one-score games. The Cardinals have an important test on Monday night when they take on the Los Angeles Rams, but their schedule gets easier moving forward.

The Packers, as noted above, are the No. 2 seed in the NFC entering Week 14. Green Bay has the third-easiest remaining schedule in the league. While the Packers are one game behind the Cardinals, they do own the tiebreaker between the two teams because Green Bay defeated Arizona, 24-21, in Week 8.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers occupy the No. 3 seed in the conference. After a two-game losing streak midseason, the Bucs have now won three straight contests. With a victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13, the Bucs improved to six games over .500. Tampa Bay has just one game remaining against a team with a winning record, making its path to the NFC South crown almost a guarantee.

The 8-4 Dallas Cowboys have the No. 4 seed in the NFC. After dropping two straight games, Dallas bounced back with a win over the New Orleans Saints last week. The win came amongst a COVID-19 outbreak on the team in which five coaches, including head coach Mike McCarthy, and two players were absent. The Cowboys’ biggest challenge up ahead is likely to be two games against the surging Washington Football Team.

The Los Angeles Rams round out the top five teams in the NFC. After three straight losses, the Rams got back on the winning track with a dominating win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at home. The Cardinals have a strong hold of the NFC West, but the Rams are well positioned for a wild-card spot.

Seven teams in the NFC are within one game of each other in the win column in the fight for the final two wild-card positions.

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2021 AFC Playoff Picture:

Entering Week 14, nine teams in the AFC have six or seven victories, meaning the playoff race is both crowded and up for grabs.

In one of the biggest games of the season thus far, the New England Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills, 14-10, to extend their winning streak to seven straight games and improve to the No. 1 seed in the AFC. The Patriots’ win on Monday night became an instant classic seemingly because of its lack of action. Mac Jones and the Patriots had just three pass attempts, the second-fewest for a team during the Super Bowl era.

The Tennessee Titans occupy the No. 2 seed in the AFC. The Titans took a two-game losing streak into their bye week last week but remain in strong playoff positioning thanks to some help from other teams. The final stretch of the Titans’ season includes just one game against an opponent with a winning record.

With Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Baltimore Ravens were knocked out of the AFC’s top spot and are now ranked No. 3 in the conference. Baltimore now has just a one game lead over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North and it faces a difficult schedule up ahead. Over the next five games, the Ravens are set to play four teams that have winning records and one that is .500.

The Kansas City Chiefs have the No. 4 seed in the AFC and are riding a four-game winning streak. With the help of their bolstered defense, the Chiefs put together a double-digit victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football. Kansas City is one game ahead in the AFC West and just a half-game behind the Patriots in the race for home-field advantage.

In a battle between two of the league’s top young QB’s last week, Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers defeated Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals in commanding fashion, 41-22, to maintain the No. 5 seed in the AFC. The Chargers have been inconsistent recently, dropping three of their last six contests, but still have a strong chance to make the playoffs.

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Week 14 Picks and Power Rankings

Mike Florio and the team at ProFootballTalk have broken down their picks and power rankings for Week 14. They have Kyler Murray and the 10-2 Cardinals at the top of the list. Click here to see where the rest of the league falls as the playoff race tightens.

Current 2021 NFL Playoff picture

2021 AFC Standings

New England Patriots (9-4)

Tennessee Titans (9-4)

Kansas City Chiefs (9-4)

Baltimore Ravens (8-5)

Los Angeles Chargers (8-5)

Indianapolis Colts (7-6)

Buffalo Bills (7-6)

On the bubble:

Cleveland Browns (7-6)

Cincinnati Bengals (7-6)

Denver Broncos (7-6)

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-6-1)

Las Vegas Raiders (6-7)

2021 NFC Standings

Arizona Cardinals (10-2)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-3)

Green Bay Packers (9-3)

Dallas Cowboys (9-4)

Los Angeles Rams (8-4)

San Francisco 49ers (7-6)

Washington Football Team (6-7)

On the bubble:

Minnesota Vikings (6-7)

Philadelphia Eagles (6-7)

Atlanta Falcons (6-7)

New Orleans Saints (6-7)

Carolina Panthers (6-7)

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What channel, time is the NFL game tonight? TV, kickoff, live stream for Colts vs Cowboys

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It’s the Indianapolis Colts vs Dallas Cowboys tonight on NBC and Peacock. Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night in America before the game gets underway.

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NBC has got you covered with all you need to know about the game including the TV channel, start time, live stream information, and more.

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Football Night in America will also feature a weekly segment hosted by former NFL quarterback Chris Simms and sports betting and fantasy pioneer Matthew Berry, which highlights storylines and betting odds for the upcoming Sunday Night Football game on NBC, Peacock, and Universo. Real-time betting odds on the scoring ticker during FNIA also will be showcased. Peacock Sunday Night Football Final, an NFL postgame show produced by NBC Sports, will also go deep on the storylines and BetMGM betting lines that proved prominent during the matchup.

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What channel is tonight’s Sunday Night Football game on?

  • Where: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
  • When: Sunday, December 4
  • Start Time: 8:20 p.m. ET; live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night In America
  • TV Channel: NBC
  • Stream liveWatch live on Peacock or with the NBC Sports App

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Where to live stream Indianapolis Colts vs Dallas Cowboys online tonight

Tonight’s game between the Indianapolis Colts vs Dallas Cowboys can be streamed live on multiple platforms tonight including NBCsports.com, the NBC Sports App, and Peacock.

This NFL season, Peacock will stream all of NBC’s NFL games including regular season and playoff games. More from Peacock’s website:

If you have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can watch Sunday Night Football on your TV or with a TV provider login on the NBC Sports app, NBC app, or via NBCSports.com. Check your local listings to find your NBC channel. If you can’t find NBC in your channel lineup, please contact your TV provider.

If you don’t have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can stream Sunday Night Football with a Peacock Premium plan.  Sign up here.

Please note that selection of a Premium plan will result in a charge which will recur on a monthly or annual basis until you cancel, depending on your plan. You can cancel your Premium plan at any time in your Account.

Week 13 Schedule

WEEK 13
Thursday, Dec. 1
Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots, 8:15 p.m., Prime Video
Sunday, Dec. 4
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m., CBS
Denver Broncos vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m., CBS
Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m., FOX
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m., FOX
Cleveland Browns vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m., CBS
New York Jets vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m., CBS
Washington Commanders vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m., FOX
Tennessee Titans vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m., FOX
Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m., FOX
Miami Dolphins vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m., FOX
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 4:25 p.m., CBS
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 4:25 p.m., CBS
Indianapolis Colts vs. Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m., NBC/Peacock
Monday, Dec. 5
New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:15 p.m., ESPN

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How to watch Indianapolis Colts vs Dallas Cowboys: TV, live stream info for tonight’s game

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It’s the Indianapolis Colts vs Dallas Cowboys this Sunday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock with Football Night in America. See below for additional information on how to watch tonight’s game.

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Indianapolis Colts

Matt Ryan and the Indianapolis Colts fell 24-17 to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night in their 7th loss of the season and 2nd loss under interim head coach Jeff Saturday. Saturday, a former Colts center with no professional or college coaching experience prior to this season, took over after the Colts fired Frank Reich ahead of Week 10. Reich spent 5 seasons with the Colts, reaching the playoffs just twice (2018, 2020) and finishing with a 40-33-1 record in the regular season. Indianapolis’ offensive struggles have continued this season after ranking 10th in scoring last season at 26.5 points per game. Entering Week 13, the Colts are averaging 15.8 points per game–they’re tied with the Texans who are ranked 31st in the league. Ryan went 22-of-34 for 199 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Monday night’s loss. RB Jonathan Taylor rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

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Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys completed the season series sweep with a 28-20 win over the New York Giants last Thursday evening. Prescott finished 21-of-30 for 261 passing yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. RB Ezekiel Elliot, who was playing in his second game since returning from a knee injury, rushed for a season-high 92 yards and ignited the Cowboys’ offense scoring the first touchdown of the game. On defense, the Cowboys had 3 sacks–two of them were from OLB Micah Parsons who ranks 2nd in the league with 12 sacks this season. Dallas currently has one of the best defenses in the NFL and leads all teams with 45 sacks this season. The Cowboys have won 4 of their last 5 games and enter Week 13 just two games behind Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East lead.

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How to watch the Indianapolis Colts vs Dallas Cowboys:

  • Where: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
  • When: Sunday, December 4
  • Start Time: 8:20 p.m. ET; live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night In America
  • TV Channel: NBC
  • Stream liveWatch live on Peacock or with the NBC Sports App

What time is kickoff for the Indianapolis Colts vs Dallas Cowboys Game

Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET.

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Football Night in America will feature a weekly segment hosted by former NFL quarterback Chris Simms and sports betting and fantasy pioneer Matthew Berry, which highlights storylines and betting odds for the upcoming Sunday Night Football game on NBC, Peacock, and Universo. Real-time betting odds on the scoring ticker during FNIA also will be showcased. Peacock Sunday Night Football Final, an NFL postgame show produced by NBC Sports, will also go deep on the storylines and BetMGM betting lines that proved prominent during the matchup.

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How to watch Sunday Night Football on Peacock:

If you have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can watch Sunday Night Football on your TV or with a TV provider login on the NBC Sports app, NBC app, or via NBCSports.com. Check your local listings to find your NBC channel. If you can’t find NBC in your channel lineup, please contact your TV provider.

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If you don’t have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can stream Sunday Night Football on Peacock with a $4.99/month Peacock Premium plan.  Sign up here or, if you already have a free Peacock account, go to your Account settings to upgrade or change your existing plan. 

Please note that selection of a Premium plan will result in a charge which will recur on a monthly or annual basis until you cancel, depending on your plan. You can cancel your Premium plan at any time in your Account.

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