Updated playoff picture

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Here’s the updated playoff picture for the AFC and NFC after Sunday’s games.

If the season ended right now
AFC: 1. Patriots, 2. Steelers, 6. Jets at 3. Chiefs, 5. Ravens at 4. Colts
NFC: 1. Falcons, 2. Bears, 6. Packers at 3. Eagles, 5. Saints at 4. Rams

AFC playoff picture

New England 1. New England Patriots (13-2) – Clinched the AFC East, a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs with a win at the Bills.

Pittsburgh 2. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-4) – Have clinched a playoff berth. Would clinch the AFC North and a first-round playoff bye with a win at the Browns or a Ravens loss vs. the Bengals, due to a better division record than the Ravens (5-1/4-2 to 4-2/3-3). Would be the No. 5 seed with a loss, Ravens win and Jets loss/tie vs. the Bills. Would be the No. 6 seed with a loss, Ravens win and Jets win.

Kansas City 3. Kansas City Chiefs (10-5) – Clinched the AFC West with the Chargers loss. Would clinch the No. 3 seed with a win/tie vs. the Raiders or a Colts loss/tie. Would lose tiebreakers with the Steelers/Ravens or Colts or Jets due to conference record (8-4 to 6-6/7-5).

Indianapolis 4. Indianapolis Colts (9-6) – Would clinch the AFC South with a win/tie vs. the Titans or Jaguars loss/tie at the Texans. Would lose the tiebreaker with the Jaguars due to division record (4-2 to 3-3). Would clinch the No. 3 seed with a win and a Chiefs loss to the Raiders.

Baltimore 5. Baltimore Ravens (11-4) – Clinched a playoff berth with a win at the Browns and at worst the No. 5 seed with the Jets loss (due to a head-to-head win vs. the Jets). Would clinch the AFC North title and a first-round bye with a win next week vs. the Bengals and a Steelers loss vs. the Browns.

NY Jets 6. New York Jets (10-5) – Clinched a playoff berth with the Jaguars loss. Would clinch the No. 5 seed with a win vs. the Bills and Ravens win vs. the Bengals and Steelers loss at the Browns.

Still alive

Jacksonville 7. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-7) – Would clinch the AFC South with a win at the Texans and a Colts loss to the Titans.

NFC playoff picture

Atlanta 1. Atlanta Falcons (12-2) – Have clinched a playoff berth. Would clinch the NFC South, a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs with a win or tie, or both an Eagles loss and a Bears loss at the Packers. Would clinch a first-round bye with an Eagles loss or Bears loss.

Chicago 2. Chicago Bears (11-4) – Have clinched the NFC North. Would clinch a first-round bye with an Eagles loss to the Vikings (Tuesday) due to a head-to-head win vs. the Eagles or a win at the Packers. Would clinch the No. 1 seed with a win and two Falcons losses and and a Saints loss to the Buccaneers and an Eagles loss/tie.

Philadelphia 3. Philadelphia Eagles (10-4) – Clinched the NFC East with the Giants loss. Would win a head-to-head tiebreaker with the Falcons but lose a head-to-head tiebreaker to the Bears. Would be the No. 3 seed with loss to Vikings (Tuesday). Would clinch the No. 1 seed with two wins and two Falcons losses and a Saints loss to the Buccaneers. Would be the No. 2 seed with two wins and a Bears loss/tie.

St. Louis 4. St. Louis Rams (7-8) – Would clinch the NFC West and No. 4 seed with a win/tie at the Seahawks. Would lose the tiebreaker to the Seahawks due to division record (4-2 to 3-3).

New Orleans 5. New Orleans Saints (10-4) – Would clinch a playoff berth with a win at the Falcons (Monday). Would clinch the NFC South, a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs with two wins and a Falcons loss to the Panthers.

Green Bay 6. Green Bay Packers (9-6) – Would clinch a playoff berth with a win vs. the Bears due to the strength-of-victory tiebreaker (and head-to-head win vs. the Giants), or both a Giants loss at the Redskins and Buccaneers loss to the Saints. Would clinch the No. 5 seed with a win and two Saints losses.

Still alive

New York Giants 7. New York Giants (9-6) – Would clinch a playoff berth with a win at the Redskins and either a Packers loss to the Bears or two Saints losses. Would clinch the No. 5 seed with a win and two Saints losses.

Tampa Bay 8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-6) – Would clinch a playoff berth with a win at the Saints and two of the following: a Saints loss at the Falcons, Giants loss and Packers loss. Would clinch the No. 5 seed with a win and a Saints loss at the Falcons and Giants loss and Packers loss.

Seattle 9. Seattle Seahawks (6-9) – Would clinch the NFC West and No. 4 seed with a win vs. the Rams due to a better division record than the Rams (4-2 to 3-3).


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Updated Sunday, Dec 26, 2010