The Pittsburgh Steelers are in the AFC Playoffs while the New York Jets crashed and burned and are officially out of the 2015 AFC Playoff picture.
Pittsburgh blasted the Cleveland Browns, 28-12 (Browns fired Head Coach Mike Pettine after the game) while the Jets were losing in Buffalo, 22-17 which eliminated them as a result of the Steelers victory. Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan (pictured right) got his revenge against the team that fired him following last season.
Meanwhile, it will not be the New England Patriots enjoying "home field" advantage throughout the AFC playoffs as they lost their final game to Miami by a 20-10 count while the Denver Broncos knocked off the stubborn San Diego Chargers, 27-20 as Peyton Manning came off the bench to lead the fourth quarter comeback win. As a result, the Broncos are the top seed in the AFC post-season.
The AFC Playoffs are set as the Wild Card Round goes next weekend with Pittsburgh going to Cincinnati to face the Bengals while the Kansas City Chiefs will travel to face the Houston Texans. Denver and New England have the bye week.
In the NFC, the teams were already set for the playoffs, it was just a matter of setting the seedings up top in the conference.
The Carolina Panthers rolled to another win, 38-10 over Tampa Bay and Cam Newton and company will be the top seed at 15-1 while Arizona (13-3) will be the number-two seed. The Cardinals were blasted by the Seattle Seahawks, 36-6, who already are in the playoffs as a wild card this season.
Washington (9-7) crushed the host Dallas Cowboys, 34-23 behind another big game from quarterback Kirk Cousins and will be locked in at the number four spot, hosting a wild card game next week.
The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings went at it on the Sunday Night Football game to decide the NFC North winner (and number-three seed) and the losing team will get the wild card spot. The Vikings pulled off the mild upset in Green Bay, winning 20-13 and will host the Seattle Seahawks while Green Bay (fifth seed) travels to face the Washington Redskins.
There was one other coaching change following the final games on Sunday besides Cleveland as the San Francisco 49ers fired Head Coach Jim Tomsula following the team's 19-16 overtime win against the St. Louis Rams.
There are many rumors regarding more coaching changes throughout the league coming possibly on Monday.
(The Heftyinfo Week Seventeen Review will be up once the dust settles on the coaching changes and also when the entire NFL post-season schedule is set for next weekend.)