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Tip Sheet: 24 teams vying for 12 spots

For seemingly every team, a strong finish still could secure a playoff berth

Originally Published: November 27, 2009
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

With roughly two dozen franchises still in varying degrees of contention for the coveted 12 NFL postseason berths, consider these pithy words of advice for the final full month of the 2009 campaign:

Win and you're in.

Well, for the most part, at least.

Many coaches swear by the "playoff-spots-are-won-in-December" adage. For clubs that essentially have been eliminated for postseason consideration, that adage doesn't apply.

But for the other clubs, largely those ...

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