NFL playoff scenarios

December, 24, 2011
12/24/11
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AFC

CLINCHED: New England Patriots -- East Division and a first-round bye.

Houston Texans -- South Division.

Baltimore Ravens -- wild-card spot.

Pittsburgh Steelers -- wild-card spot.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs:

1) NE win or tie

2) BAL loss or tie + PIT loss or tie

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Baltimore clinches AFC North Division and a first-round bye:

1) BAL win

2) BAL tie + PIT loss or tie

3) PIT loss

Baltimore clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs:

1) BAL win + NE loss

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Pittsburgh clinches AFC North Division and a first-round bye:

1) PIT win + BAL loss or tie

2) PIT tie + BAL loss

Pittsburgh clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs:

1) PIT win + BAL loss or tie + NE loss

DENVER BRONCOS

Denver clinches AFC West Division:

1) DEN win

2) DEN tie + OAK loss or tie

3) OAK loss

OAKLAND RAIDERS

Oakland clinches AFC West Division:

1) OAK win + DEN loss or tie

2) OAK tie + DEN loss

Oakland clinches a wild-card spot:

1) OAK win + CIN loss + TEN loss or tie

2) OAK win + CIN loss + NYJ win

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Cincinnati clinches a wild card spot:

1) CIN win or tie

2) NYJ loss or tie + OAK loss or tie

3) NYJ loss or tie + DEN loss or tie

NEW YORK JETS

NY Jets clinch a wild card spot:

1) NYJ win + CIN loss + TEN loss or tie + OAK loss or tie

2) NYJ win + CIN loss + TEN loss or tie + DEN loss or tie

TENNESSEE TITANS

Tennessee clinches a wild-card spot:

1) TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ win + OAK loss or tie

2) TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ win + DEN loss or tie

3) TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ loss or tie + OAK win + DEN win

NFC

CLINCHED: Green Bay Packers -- North Division and first-round bye.

San Francisco 49ers -- West Division.

New Orleans Saints -- wild-card spot.

Detroit Lions -- wild-card spot.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Green Bay clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs:

1) one GB win or tie

2) SF loss or tie

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

San Francisco clinches a first-round bye:

1) SF win

2) SF tie + one NO loss or tie

3) one NO loss

San Francisco clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs:

1) SF win + two GB losses

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

New Orleans clinches NFC South Division:

1) one NO win or tie

2) one ATL loss or tie

New Orleans clinches a first-round bye:

1) two NO wins + SF loss or tie

2) one NO win + one NO tie + SF loss

NEW YORK GIANTS

NY Giants clinch NFC East Division:

1) NYG win or tie

DALLAS COWBOYS

Dallas clinches NFC East Division:

1) DAL win

ATLANTA FALCONS

Atlanta clinches NFC South Division:

1) two ATL wins + two NO losses

Atlanta clinches a wild-card spot:

1) one ATL win or tie

2) one CHI loss or tie

CHICAGO BEARS

Chicago clinches a wild-card spot:

1) two CHI wins + two ATL losses

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