2012 NFL Playoffs Predictor: Week 13

Hold on tight, and watch out for the Redskins and Bengals in your rear view mirror.

After a delightful Thanksgiving weekend, we're heading into Week 13 with the playoff race in full force. The Cincinnati Bengals have more hope this week after a Pittsburgh Steelers loss, while the Washington Redskins are also creeping into the playoff picture. Norv Turner is on the hot seat after Ray Rice pulled off a miracle fourth-and-29 and the Baltimore Ravens are sitting pretty after the Pittsburgh Steelers' turnover-filled loss to the Cleveland Browns.

As Nate Silver did for the 2012 election, we do for the 2012 NFL season. Using the mythical powers of math, we let you know first who will be in and who will be out of this year's postseason.

Here is a projection of who will be in this year's playoffs. Be sure to come back each week as we update the projection with the latest results. And once the playoffs begin, we'll reset the bracket and tell you who has the best chance to bring home the Lombardi trophy.

Want to see numberFire's projections for your team? Head over to ESPN Insider to see what we project to happen from now through the end of the season.