Nfl Playoff Picture

December 21, 1992

NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE

They're in

Team ... ... Rec. ... ... The scoop

49ers .. ... 13-2 ... ... Clinched NFC West and home-field advantage through playoffs.

Cowboys .. . 11-3 ... ... Need victory or tie tonight vs. Atlanta or Sunday vs. Chicago or an Eagles loss or tie to the Giants on Sunday to clinch NFC East.

Saints ... . 11-4 ... ... Clinched wild-card spot. Must beat Jets on Sunday or have Eagles lose to Giants to be at home in first playoff game.

Vikings .. . 10-5 ... ... Clinched Central title.

Eagles ... . 10-5 ... ... Clinched wild-card spt. Would win East if they beat Giants on Sunday and Cowboys lose twice.

They're still alive

Redskins ... 9-6 ... ... Must beat Raiders on Saturday and have Eagles beat Giants or Vikings beat Packers. If they lose Saturday, they still get in if Vikings beat Packers.

Packers ... 9-6 ... ... If Redskins lose Saturday, Packers must beat Vikings. If Redskins win, Packers must beat Vikings and Eagles must lose to Giants.

The explanation

Neither the Redskins nor the Packers have their fate completely in their own hands. The Redskins win a two-way tie-breaker with the Packers because of a better record against common opponents, but the Redskins lose a three-way tie-breaker with the Packers and Eagles because Philadelphia has a better division record than Washington. Division ties are broken first in ties involving two teams from one division and one team from another.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE

They're in

Team ... ... ... Rec. ... ... The scoop

Bills .. ... ... 11-4 ... ... Need victory over Oilers on Sunday or a Dolphins loss to Patriots on Sunday to clinch AFC East and home-field advantage throughout playoffs.

Steelers ... ... 10-5 ... ... Clinched AFC Central. Would clinch home-field if they beat Browns on Sunday and Bills lose.

Chargers ... ... 10-5 Clinched wild-card spot. Would win AFC West if they beat Seahawks on Sunday or if Chiefs lose to Broncos.

Dolphins ... ... 10-5 ... ... Clinched wild-card spot. Would win AFC East with victory over Patriots on Sunday and a Bills loss to Oilers.

Oilers .. .. ... 9-6 .. .. .. Clinched wild-card spot.

They're still alive

Chiefs ... ... ... 9-6 ... .. Must beat Broncos on Sunday to clinch wild-card spot. Would win AFC West if they win and Chargers lose to Seahawks.

Broncos .. ... ... 8-7 ... .. Must beat Chiefs to clinch wild-card spot.

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