NFL playoff chase, scenarios

Playoff race NFC

Team/Div Rec. div. cnf.
y Packers-N 13-1 4-0 10-0
y 49ers-W 12-3 4-1 9-2
z Saints-S 11-3 3-1 7-3
Giants-E 8-7 2-3 4-7
Wild card
z Lions 10-5 3-2 6-5
Falcons 9-5 2-2 6-4
In The Hunt
Cowboys 8-7 2-3 6-5
Bears 7-7 2-2 6-4

PLAYOFF SCENARIOS

Packers: Clinched first-round bye. Clinch No. 1 seed with one win or SF loss.

49ers: No. 1 seed with a win and two GB losses. No. 2 with win or one NO loss.

Saints: Clinch division with one win or ATL loss. Clinch bye with two wins and SF loss.

Giants: Win division with win next week vs. DAL.

Lions: Will be No. 5 or No. 6 seed.

Falcons: Clinch division with two wins and two NO losses.

Cowboys: Win division with win next week at NYG.

Bears: Clinch playoff spot with two wins and two ATL losses.

AFC

Team/Div Rec. div. cnf.
y Patriots-E 12-3 4-1 9-2
z Ravens-N 11-4 5-0 8-3
y Texans-S 10-5 4-1 8-3
Broncos-W 8-7 3-2 6-5
Wild Card
z Steelers-N 11-4 3-2 8-3
Bengals 9-6 2-3 6-5
In The Hunt
Raiders 8-7 3-2 6-5
Titans 8-7 2-3 6-5
Jets 8-7 3-2 6-5

y—Clinched division z—Clinched playoff spot

pLAYOFF SCENARIOS

Patriots: Own first-round bye. Clinch No. 1 with win or BAL loss.

Ravens: Clinch division and first-round bye with win or PIT loss. If BAL wins and NE loses, strength of victory would be the tiebreaker for No. 1 seed.

Texans: Clinched No. 3 seed.

Broncos: Win division with win or OAK loss.

Steelers: Win division with win and BAL loss. Otherwise No. 5 seed.

Bengals: Clinch playoff spot with win. Can also clinch with losses by OAK, TEN and NYJ.

Raiders: Clinch division with win and DEN loss. Clinch No. 6 seed in event of four-way tie with NYJ, CIN and TEN.

Titans: Need win plus OAK loss, or win plus CIN loss and OAK win.

Jets: Need win plus CIN and TEN losses, plus either OAK or DEN loss.

NFL playoff chase, scenarios 12/24/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 24, 2011 9:12pm]

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