Playoffs At A Glance

December 29, 1993

Nine teams have clinched spots in the NFL's 12-team playoffs. Berths go to three division winners and three wild cards in each conference. Seven teams are eligible for the remaining three spots.

AFC East Buffalo Bills: Clinched division title.

Miami Dolphins: Can clinch wild card by winning last game or if either Jets or Steelers lose last game.

New York Jets: Need to win last game. Can get in as wild card if they finish in three-way tie with Raiders and Steelers. Jets get in on the basis of defeating common opponents. In three-way tie with Dolphins and Raiders, Jets would get in on basis of head-to-head sweep of Dolphins. Same applies in three-way tie of Jets, Dolphins and Steelers. In four-way tie among Dolphins, Steelers and Raiders, Jets win head-to-head from Dolphins and would have better conference record than Raiders.

AFC Central Houston Oilers: Clinched division title.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Can get in as wild card if they win last game and Jets and Raiders lose. Would have better conference record than Raiders. If Steelers, Raiders and Dolphins tie, Steelers get in on better conference record. Can get in if they tie with Jets for last wild-card spot because of better record in common games.

AFC West Kansas City Chiefs: Clinched division title.

Denver Broncos: Clinched wild card.

Los Angeles Raiders: Can clinch wild card if they win last game or if Steelers lose. (See Jets and Steelers for other possibilities.)

NFC East Dallas Cowboys: Clinched wild card. Play Giants in last game for division title.

New York Giants: Clinched wild card.

Philadelphia Eagles: Can get in as wild card if they win last game and Vikings and Saints lose. Eagles and Vikings tie would be decided on best average net points in conference games. If Eagles and Saints win and Vikings lose, three-way tie would be decided on best average net points in all games.

NFC Central Detroit Lions: Clinched wild card. Play Packers in last game for division title.

Green Bay Packers: Clinched wild card.

Minnesota Vikings: Can clinch wild card if they win last game. If they lose and are tied by Eagles or by Eagles and Saints, could win tiebreaker (see Eagles above).

NFC West San Francisco 49ers: Clinched division title.

New Orleans Saints: Can get in as wild card if they win and Vikings and Eagles lose. Saints would win tie with Vikings based on head-to-head win. Also can get in if there is three-way tie among Saints, Eagles and Vikings (see Eagles above).

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