Playoff primer

Anyone who has been paying even the slightest attention knows that Sunday night’s game between the Seahawks and Rams at Qwest Field will determine who wins the NFC West and advances to the playoffs.
 
But what about the rest of the league, in what is one of the most competitive final weekends in years? The NFL office offers this comprehensive look at the plethora of possibilities involving 11 other teams:
 
AFC
 
  CLINCHED: New England – AFC East and homefield advantage
                        Kansas City – AFC West
                         Baltimore – playoff spot
                        New York Jets – playoff spot
                        Pittsburgh – playoff spot
                       
 
PITTSBURGH STEELERS
 
Pittsburgh clinches AFC North and a first-round bye with:
 
1)    PIT win OR
 
2)    PIT tie + BAL loss or tie OR
 
3)    BAL loss
 
BALTIMORE RAVENS
 
Baltimore clinches AFC North and a first-round bye with:
 
1)    BAL win + PIT loss or tie OR
 
2)    BAL tie + PIT loss
 
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
 
Indianapolis clinches AFC South with:
 
1)    IND win or tie OR
 
2)    JAX loss or tie
 
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
 
Jacksonville clinches AFC South with:
 
1)    JAX win + IND loss
 
NFC
 
  CLINCHED: Chicago – NFC North
                        Philadelphia – NFC East
                         Atlanta – playoff spot
                        New Orleans – playoff spot
                       
ATLANTA FALCONS
 
Atlanta clinches NFC South with:
 
1)    ATL win or tie OR
 
2)    NO loss or tie
 
Atlanta clinches a first-round bye with:
 
1)    NO loss or tie + CHI loss or tie OR
 
2)    NO loss or tie + one PHI loss or tie
 
Atlanta clinches homefield advantage with:
 
1)    ATL win or tie OR
 
2)    NO loss or tie + CHI loss or tie + one PHI loss or tie OR
 
3)    NO loss or tie + CHI win + two PHI wins + ATL clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over PHI
 
CHICAGO BEARS
 
Chicago clinches a first-round bye with:
 
1)    one PHI loss OR
 
2)    CHI win OR
 
3)    CHI tie + one PHI tie
 
Chicago clinches homefield advantage with:
 
1)    CHI win + ATL loss + NO loss or tie + one PHI loss or tie
 
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
 
Philadelphia clinches a first-round bye with:
 
1)    PHI wins twice + CHI loss or tie
 
Philadelphia clinches homefield advantage with:
 
1)    PHI wins twice + CHI loss or tie + ATL loss + NO loss or tie OR
 
2)    PHI wins twice + ATL loss + NO loss or tie + PHI clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over ATL
 
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
 
New Orleans clinches NFC South and homefield advantage with:
 
1)    NO win + ATL loss
 
GREEN BAY PACKERS
 
Green Bay clinches a playoff spot with:
 
1)    GB win OR
 
2)    GB tie + NYG loss or tie + TB loss or tie OR
 
3)    NYG loss + TB loss
 
NEW YORK GIANTS
 
New York Giants clinch a playoff spot with:
 
1)    NYG win + GB loss or tie OR
 
2)    NYG tie + GB loss + TB loss or tie
 
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
 
Tampa Bay clinches a playoff spot with:
 
1)    TB win + NYG loss or tie + GB loss or tie OR
 
2)    TB tie + NYG loss + GB loss
 
 

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