Week 9 decided the playoff fates of most teams in the NFL. We don’t know exactly which teams are in the bracket, or how the season’s endgame scenario will play out.

But before the games kicked off, ESPN’s Brian Burke tweeted out a graphic showing how far each team’s chances of making the playoffs would swing with a win or loss:

The NFC South started us off on Thursday Night Football, with the Atlanta Falcons outracing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 43-28. Jameis Winston and Mike Evans managed to make some great plays, just not as many as Matt Ryan and Julio Jones.

The early block of Sunday games held a big surprise: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was not only activated, but started the game less than three weeks after a knee meniscus surgery. Turns out the knee wasn’t the problem: Roethlisberger and the vaunted Steelers offense scored zero points through three quarters, and the Ravens cruised to victory and now (thanks to that tiebreaker) lead the AFC North.

About Ty Schalter

Ty Schalter is thrilled to be part of The Comeback. A member of the Pro Football Writers of America, Ty also works as an NFL columnist for Bleacher Report and VICE Sports, and regular host for Sirius XM’s Bleacher Report Radio. In another life, he was an IT cubicle drone with a pretentious Detroit Lions blog.