AFC and NFC Playoff Scenarios

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Here's a breakdown of what each NFL team needs to make the postseason

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The NFL playoffs are less than two weeks away. Which means you need more than an abacus to figure out if your team still has a chance to make the NFL postseason (we can't all be Packers fans.) So here's a breakdown of what each team that's still in the running for the playoffs needs to happen to either win their division, secure a first round bye or eke out a wild card spot to keep their dreams alive of making it to the Super Bowl.

Hey, last year the Packers won it from the last wild card spot, so anything can happen. Well, anything to any team not named the Colts, Rams, Vikings, Bucs, Jaguars and all the other crappy teams with a less than .500 record.

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 with:

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 with:

1) BAL win

2) BAL tie + PIT loss or tie

3) PIT loss

Baltimore clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1) BAL win + NE loss

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

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

1) PIT win + BAL loss or tie

2) PIT tie + BAL loss

Pittsburgh clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

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

DENVER BRONCOS

Denver clinches AFC West Division with:

1) DEN win

2) DEN tie + OAK loss or tie

3) OAK loss

OAKLAND RAIDERS

Oakland clinches AFC West Division with:

1) OAK win + DEN loss or tie

2) OAK tie + DEN loss

Oakland clinches a wild-card spot with:

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

2) OAK win + CIN loss + NYJ win

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Cincinnati clinches a wild card spot with:

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 with:

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 with:

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 home-field advantage.

San Francisco 49ers -- West Division.

New Orleans Saints -- wild-card spot.

Detroit Lions -- wild-card spot.

Atlanta Falcons -- wild-card spot.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Green Bay clinched home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

San Francisco clinches a first-round bye with:

1) SF win

2) SF tie + one NO loss or tie

3) one NO loss

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

New Orleans clinched NFC South Division

New Orleans clinches a first-round bye with:

One NO wis + SF loss or tie

NEW YORK GIANTS

NY Giants clinch NFC East Division with:

1) NYG win or tie

DALLAS COWBOYS

Dallas clinches NFC East Division with:

1) DAL win

 

The two biggest disappointments not on this list have got to be the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Diego Chargers. Two teams a lot of pundits picked not only to make the playoffs, but to win the Super Bowl have been eliminated two weeks before the playoffs even start. 

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