Five teams booked a spot in the NFL playoffs during Week 15, and four more spots are still up for grabs in the remaining two weeks of regular season.
The New England Patriots booked a postseason spot for the 11th consecutive season, defeating the Bengals 34-13 in Cincinnati to snap a two-game losing streak.
The caliber of the opposition means a number of questions over the Patriots remain unanswered, but the win also takes some of the heat off New England after back-to-back losses against Houston and Kansas City.
The Patriots can clinch the AFC East title with a home win against Buffalo in Week 16, while the Bills can keep their hopes of a first divisional title in 24 years.
Buffalo secured a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2017 with a 17-10 win in Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football, improving to 10-4 and reaching double-digit wins for the first time since 1999.
With no Thursday Night Footballgames left this season, the Bills’ trip to New England is one of three games scheduled for Saturday.
The other two matchups feature the Houston Texans traveling to Tampa Bay, while the San Francisco 49ers host the Los Angeles Rams.
After defeating the Tennessee Titans 24-21 on the road in Week 15, Houston can clinch the AFC South for the fourth time in five years and secure a playoff spot with a win over the Buccaneers.
The 49ers, meanwhile, secured a postseason berth for the first time since 2013 in Week 15, but their 29-22 home loss to the Falcons complicated the quest for top spot in the NFC.
San Francisco slipped to 11-3 and fell to fifth spot in the NFC, but it can still secure top spot and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs if it wins out.
Meanwhile, the Rams’ already slim hopes of grabbing a wild card spot were dealt a major blow after a 44-21 shellacking at the hands of the Cowboys in Dallas.
The defending NFC champions must win their remaining two games and hope Minnesota loses both to be in with a chance of making the playoffs.
The Vikings improved to 10-4 after thrashing the Chargers 39-10 and host the Packers in Week 16 in a game that could decide the NFC North.
Green Bay clinched a playoff spot with a 21-13 win over the Bears and could win the division if they defeat the Vikings on Monday Night Football.
The Bears, meanwhile, host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football, with the latter still in the hunt for a top-two seed in the AFC.
Elsewhere, the NFC East title is on the line on Sunday afternoon as the 6-7 Philadelphia Eagles host the 7-7 Dallas Cowboys.
If the Cowboys win in Philadelphia, they will become the first team to win the division in back-to-back seasons since the Eagles took four in a row between 2001 and 2004.
Meanwhile, the race for the final wildcard spot in the AFC sees Pittsburgh face the New York Jets on the road, while Tennessee hosts New Orleans.
Both the Steelers and the Titans are 8-6 after losing in Week 15, but Pittsburgh holds the tiebreaker by virtue of a better conference record.
Here’s all you need to know about Week 16.
With no Thursday Night Football games left this season, Week 16 features three games on Saturday all broadcast on NFL Network, while NBC will broadcast Sunday Night Football and ESPN will carry Monday Night Footballas usual.
CBS and FOX, meanwhile, will carry the Sunday afternoon games.
Live streams will be available through the four broadcasters’ digital platforms, which includes apps on Apple and Android devices as well as connected TVs. Similarly, NFL Network’s game pass will be available via connected TVs and on mobile devices.
Live stream will also be available via fuboTV and DirecTV.
TV schedule (all times ET)
Saturday, December 21
- Houston Texans @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers1 p.m., NFL Network
- Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots4:30 p.m., NFL Network
- Los Angeles Rams @ San Francisco 49ers8:15 p.m., NFL Network
Sunday, December 22
- Cincinnati Bengals @ Miami Dolphins1 p.m., CBS
- Pittsburgh Steelers @ New York Jets1 p.m., CBS
- New York Giants @ Washington Redskins1 p.m., FOX
- Carolina Panthers @ Indianapolis Colts1 p.m., FOX
- Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns1 p.m., CBS
- Jacksonville Jaguars @ Atlanta Falcons1 p.m., FOX
- New Orleans Saints @ Tennessee Titans1 p.m., FOX
- Oakland Raiders @ Los Angeles Chargers4:05 p.m., CBS
- Detroit Lions @ Denver Broncos4:05 p.m., CBS
- Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks4:25 p.m., FOX
- Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles4:25 p.m., FOX
- Kansas City Chiefs @ Chicago Bears8:20 p.m., NBC
Monday, December 23
- Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings8:15 p.m., ESPN