Slowly the playoff landscape is beginning to take shape as we enter week 15 of the NFL regular season. Although a number of teams are engrossed in tight divisional races, a few NFL franchises appear to already be destined for the postseason. Fans in the Boston metropolitan area can begin shopping for 2011 NFL playoff tickets with the New England Patriots (11-2) having guaranteed themselves a spot in the playoffs. Other likely postseason combatants include the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) and the Atlanta Falcons (11-2). However, the Wild Card race in both the NFC and AFC is unpredictable at this point with multiple teams vying for the four open slots.
Winning six consecutive games, the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints have regained their top form. It looks like the Saints and Falcons will be locked in a struggle for the top spot in the NFC South until the final game of the season. Conversely, the NFC West champion could possibly finish the regular season without a winning record. With three games left in the season, St. Louis and Seattle are both sporting 6-7 records. Over in the AFC South, the Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to take full control of the division lead heading into their crucial game against the Indianapolis Colts this weekend. Regardless of what transpires in the coming weeks, NFL fans are in for a thrilling conclusion to the 2011 regular season.