It was a case of status quo this weekend in the NFC, as eight of the conference’s nine playoff contenders won. Among those battling for a post-season berth only Tampa Bay suffered a defeat, to Atlanta, and it was not a surprising loss. The AFC cannot say the same: Indianapolis lost at home to Dallas and San Diego lost for the second time this season to the Oakland Raiders. The pair of high-profile losses left Jacksonville and Kansas City in charge of their respective divisions. That cannot be too surprising since those teams have been lurking for months, but most of us thought it was just a matter of time before the…fancier teams assumed control.

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