Playoff Scenarios: How they can get in

<p>The Playoff implications of this weekend's games are significant. The Pittsburgh Steelers can lock up home field advantage in a number of ways, most notably by winning. The Patriots can secure a playoff bye with a win vs the Jets, and a number of other scenarios are also possible.</p> <p>Check out the scenarios as follows:</p>

AFC PLAYOFF SCENARIOS

AFC EAST

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: Have clinched division title. New England can clinch first-round bye with: 1) a win, OR 2) a tie and a San Diego-Indianapolis tie.

NEW YORK JETS: Can clinch playoff berth with: 1) a win or tie, OR 2) Buffalo and Baltimore loss or tie OR 3) Buffalo, Denver and Jacksonville loss or tie, OR 4) Baltimore, Denver and Jacksonville loss or tie, OR 5) Buffalo and Denver loss or tie, plus Baltimore clinches strength-of-victory tie breaker over Jacksonville.

AFC NORTH

PITTSBURGH STEELERS: Have clinched division title. Pittsburgh can clinch home-field advantage throughout playoffs with: 1) a win, OR 2) a tie plus a New England loss or tie, OR 3) New England loss and Indianapolis-San Diego tie. Pittsburgh can clinch first-round bye with: 1) a win or tie, OR 2) Indianapolis-San Diego tie, OR 3) New England and Indianapolis loss.

AFC SOUTH

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: Have clinched division title.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Can clinch playoff berth with Jacksonville win, plus Buffalo, Baltimore, Denver loss and Jacksonville clinches strength-of-victory tie breaker over Buffalo, Baltimore and Denver.

AFC WEST

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: Have clinched division title.

NFC EAST

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Have clinched division title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

NFC NORTH

GREEN BAY PACKERS: Have clinched division title.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS: Can clinch playoff berth with either St. Louis or Carolina loss or tie

NFC SOUTH

ATLANTA FALCONS: Have clinched division title and a first-round bye.

CAROLINA PANTHERS: Can clinch playoff berth with a win plus St. Louis loss plus New Orleans loss or tie plus Chicago loss or tie plus Seattle win plus Dallas- Washington tie.

NFC WEST

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: Can clinch division title with: 1) a win and a St. Louis loss or tie, OR 2) a tie and a St. Louis loss. Seattle can clinch playoff berth with: 1) a win, OR 2) a tie plus Carolina and New Orleans loss or tie.

NOTE: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Miami, Oakland, San Francisco and Tennessee have been eliminated from playoff contention.

All other teams are still in it mathematically, but in all probability their playoff hopes will come to an end this weekend.


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