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12/28/2008 - NFL

First-round NFL playoff matchups:

AFC

NFC

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Who's in, who's out

NFC

CLINCHED: New York Giants, NFC East, first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs; Carolina, NFC South and first-round bye; Arizona, NFC West; Minnesota, NFC North; Atlanta, wild-card berth; Philadelphia, wild-card berth.

ELIMINATED: Detroit, St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, Green Bay, New Orleans, Washington, Chicago, Tampa Bay, Dallas.

AFC

CLINCHED: Tennessee, AFC South, first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout playoffs; Pittsburgh, AFC North and first-round bye; Miami, AFC East; San Diego, AFC West; Indianapolis, wild-card berth; Baltimore, wild-card berth.

ELIMINATED: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Oakland, Buffalo, New York Jets, New England, Denver.

Playoff dates


Jan. 3, 2009:

AFC, NFC wild-card games (NBC)

Jan. 4, 2009:
AFC wild-card game (CBS);
NFC wild-card game (Fox)

Jan. 10, 2009:
AFC divisional playoff game (CBS);
NFC divisional playoff game (Fox)

Jan. 11, 2009:
AFC divisional playoff game (CBS);
NFC divisional playoff game (Fox)

Jan. 18, 2009:
AFC Championship Game (CBS);
NFC Championship Game (Fox)

Feb. 1: Super Bowl XLIII at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (NBC)

All times Eastern