Week 17 live: NFL playoff scenarios, wild-card races, draft order, more

11:00 AM ET

Kevin SeifertNFL Nation

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Welcome to our Week 17 live file, where we’re tracking everything you need to know about Sunday’s games and beyond. Three of the NFL’s 12 playoff spots remain up for grabs, but even for teams out of the race, the last day of the regular season will have implications across the league.

1:05 p.m. ET

Huh. Wow. I’m shocked that so many people showed up to see if the Giants will get the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft. A loss to Washington would clinch it.

Opening kickoff at MetLife Stadium for Giants vs. Redskins in what could be Eli Manning’s last game with the team. Those here did give Manning a nice cheer before his first pass went to Marquis Bundy.

Jordan Raanan, ESPN Staff Writer12:15 p.m. ET

The Chargers need a win and some help to reach the playoffs. ESPN’s FPI gives them a 76 percent chance of defeating the Raiders today.

AFC wild card chances:

Ravens 97%
Titans 49%
Chargers 42%
Bills 13%

— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) December 31, 2017

Home-field advantage also remains up for grabs in the AFC, but the FPI gives the Steelers only a 7 percent chance of earning the No. 1 seed with Ben Roethlisberger not starting. The Patriots have a 93 percent chance of beating the Jets to wrap up the top seed.

12:05 p.m. ET

Notable inactives from the 1 p.m. ET games:

Official Week 17 statuses:
DeAndre Hopkins: Inactive
James White: Inactive
Chris Hogan: Inactive
James Harrison: Active
Le’Veon Bell: Inactive
Austin Seferian-Jenkins: Inactive
Jay Ajayi: Inactive

— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 31, 2017

10:45 a.m. ET

Of course, the final day of the regular season isn’t just about the games — or even the playoffs. It’s also about the usual blitz of coaching changes that take place when the curtain closes.

Here’s what we can tell you at this point, based largely on the reporting of ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

The Giants were the first team to fire their coach, which means firing-and-hiring season in the NFL has begun.
• Everything to know about potential openings »
• 21 candidates you need to know »
Latest news:
• Fox not likely to return to Bears »
• Texans likely to keep O’Brien »
• Cards’ Arians likely to step away »

The Raiders are reportedly ready to throw the franchise at former coach Jon Gruden, who is currently ESPN’s Monday Night Football analyst. How badly do the Raiders want Gruden to replace Jack Del Rio? Owner Mark Davis could offer Gruden an ownership take to return to the field. In NFL circles, that’s the deepest kind of love.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is likely to step away, but he had not informed the team of his plans as of this morning.

The Colts are likely to part ways with coach Chuck Pagano.

Bears coach John Fox is not expected to return in 2018, while fellow NFC North coach Jim Caldwell could also be in his final days with the Lions.

Vance Joseph faces increasingly longer odds of returning for a second season in Denver.

In a surprise to some, the Texans are expected to bring back coach Bill O’Brien. Other “hot-seat” coaches who have been reported as likely to return next season: the Jets’ Todd Bowles, the Buccaneers’ Dirk Koetter and the Redskins’ Jay Gruden.

Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers and Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees are not expected back in 2018.

10 a.m. ET

Good morning and welcome to Week 17 in the NFL! We explained the full playoff scenarios in this post, but here’s a quick rundown of today’s important games.

Early window (1 p.m. ET):

Late window (4:25 p.m. ET):

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