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If the playoffs began at the conclusion of the 4 p.m. ET games Sunday, the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots would be the top two seeds in the AFC, and they would be joined in the postseason by the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs.

All five are guaranteed playoff berths, and the four division winners (Denver, New England, Indianapolis and Cincinnati) are determined.

The NFC postseason program is not quite as certain.

In the AFC, the Broncos defeated the Houston Texans 37-13 Sunday, sealing the AFC West title and a first-round bye.

The Patriots wrapped up the AFC East earlier Sunday when they Miami Dolphins lost to the Buffalo Bills. New England then defeated the Baltimore Ravens 41-7.

The Bengals clinched the AFC North thanks to their 42-14 rout of the Minnesota Vikings and the Ravens' loss. The Colts previously secured the AFC South title.

Here is the NFL playoff picture entering the Sunday night game between the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles.

AFC:

1. Denver Broncos (12-3), AFC West champion

Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with Patriots loss or tie.

Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with win or tie

2. New England Patriots (11-4), AFC East champion

Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with win and a Broncos loss.

Clinches second seed with a win or a Bengals loss and a Colts loss

Clinches third seed with a loss, a Bengals win or a Colts win

Clinches fourth seed with a loss, a Bengals win and a Colts win

3. Cincinnati Bengals (10-5), AFC North champion, third seed by virtue of victory over Colts

Clinches second seed with a win, a Patriots loss or tie and a Colts loss or tie

Clinches third seed with a loss and a loss by the Patriots and a Colts win

Clinches fourth seed with a loss and wins by the Patriots and Colts

4. Indianapolis Colts (10-5), AFC South champion

Clinches second seed with a win and a Patriots loss

Clinches third seed with a win, a Bengals loss and a Patriots win

Clinches fourth seed with a loss

5. Kansas City Chiefs (11-4), wild card

Clinched fifth seed and first wild-card spot

6. Miami Dolphins (8-7) over Baltimore Ravens (8-7), San Diego Chargers (8-7) and Pittsburgh (7-8) based on conference record (Miami 7-4, Baltimore 6-5, San Diego 5-6)

Dolphins are eliminated with a loss

Dolphins earn sixth seed with a win, a Ravens loss or a Chargers win

Ravens earn sixth seed with a win, a Chargers loss and a Dolphins win

Chargers earn sixth seed with a win, a Ravens loss and a Dolphins loss

Steelers earn sixth seed with win, a Dolphins loss, a Ravens loss and a Chargers loss

NFC:

1. Seattle Seahawks (12-3), clinched playoff berth

Clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with a 49ers loss or tie Monday vs. Atlanta.

Clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with a win or tie

2. Carolina Panthers (11-4), clinched playoff berth

Clinches second seed with win

Clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with a win, wins by 49ers in both of their remaining games and a Seahawks loss

3. Philadelphia Eagles (8-6)

Clinches NFC East title with win at Dallas

4. Chicago Bears (8-6)

Clinches NFC North title with win vs. Green Bay

5. San Francisco 49ers (10-4)

Clinches NFC West with two wins and a Seahawks loss

Clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with two wins plus losses by the Seahawks and Panthers

6. New Orleans Saints (10-5) over Arizona (10-5) based on a head-to-head win.

--Philadelphia is ahead of Chicago based on conference record (Eagles 7-3, Bears 4-6)

--The Dallas Cowboys (8-7) would take the NFC East title if they earn a home win over Philadelphia in Week 17. That result would eliminate the Eagles.

--The Bears would clinch the NFC North with a win Sunday night or a win next week against the Green Bay Packers (7-7-1). If Chicago loses Sunday night, the Packers would win the division by beating the Bears next week.

--The Saints clinch the NFC South with a win and a Panthers loss.

--The Saints clinch a playoff spot with a loss, a Panthers win and a 49ers win.

--The Cardinals would be eliminated by a Saints win.
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