NFL Playoff Scenarios
USA Today Sports
USA Today Sports

Posted Dec 11, 2012


The Packers can clinch the NFC North this week but there are other ways to qualify for the playoffs this week.

NFC

CLINCHED:

Atlanta – NFC South

ATLANTA FALCONS

Atlanta clinches a first-round bye with:

1) ATL win + GB loss or tie OR

2) ATL win + SF loss OR

3) ATL tie + GB loss

Atlanta clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

1) ATL win + GB loss or tie + SF loss

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

San Francisco clinches NFC West division with:

1) SF win + SEA loss

San Francisco clinches a playoff spot with:

1) SF win OR

2) SF tie + DAL loss or tie + WAS loss or tie + MIN loss or tie OR

3) SF tie + DAL loss or tie + WAS loss or tie + GB-CHI does not end in tie OR

4) SF tie + DAL loss or tie + MIN loss or tie + CHI loss OR

5) SF tie + NYG loss + MIN loss or tie + CHI loss OR

6) MIN loss + DAL loss + WAS loss + SEA loss or tie

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Green Bay clinches NFC North division with:

1) GB win

Green Bay clinches a playoff spot with:

1) GB tie + DAL loss + WAS loss + STL-MIN tie OR

2) GB tie + DAL loss + WAS loss + MIN loss + SF win or tie OR

3) GB tie + DAL loss + WAS loss + MIN loss + SEA does not tie

AFC

CLINCHED:

New England – AFC East

Denver – AFC West

Houston – playoff spot

HOUSTON TEXANS

Houston clinches AFC South division with:

1) HOU win

Houston clinches a first-round bye with:

1) HOU win + NE loss or tie + DEN loss

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Baltimore clinches AFC North division with:

1) BAL win OR

2) BAL tie + PIT loss or tie + CIN loss or tie OR

3) PIT loss + CIN loss

Baltimore clinches a playoff spot with:

1) BAL tie OR

2) CIN loss or tie OR

3) PIT loss or tie

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Indianapolis clinches a playoff spot with:

1) IND win OR

2) IND tie + CIN loss or tie OR

3) IND tie + PIT loss or tie OR

4) IND tie + BAL win OR

5) NYJ loss or tie + CIN loss OR

6) NYJ loss or tie + BAL win + CIN tie + PIT tie




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