Barring ties, NFC playoff picture is clear, AFC more muddled

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll reacts during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Barring ties in Week 17 — and there are some wild scenarios should certain games end in draws Sunday — the road to the playoffs is quite straight in the NFC. The path to a first-round bye in the AFC has a bunch of curves in it.