Playoff scenarios

December 15, 1996

A look at the NFL teams that have clinched a playoff spot or can clinch this weekend:

AFC East

New England: Clinched playoff berth. Clinches division title with win at Dallas OR Buffalo loss at Miami. Clinches first-round bye with win at Dallas AND Pittsburgh loss against San Francisco.

Buffalo: Clinches playoff berth with win at Miami OR Houston, Jacksonville and Oakland losses.

Indianapolis: Clinches playoff berth with win at Kansas City AND Houston, Jacksonville and Oakland losses.

AFC Central

Pittsburgh: Clinched division title.

AFC West

Denver: Clinched division title and home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs.

Kansas City: Clinches playoff berth with win against Indianapolis OR Houston, Jacksonville and Oakland losses.

NFC East

Dallas: Clinches division title with win against New England OR Washington loss.

Philadelphia: Clinches playoff berth with Washington loss.

NFC Central

Green Bay: Clinched division title. Clinches first-round bye with win or tie at Detroit OR Dallas loss or tie against New England. Clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with win at Detroit and Carolina loss or tie against Ravens.

Minnesota: Clinches playoff berth with win against Tampa Bay AND Washington loss.

NFC West

Carolina: Clinched playoff berth. Clinches division title with win against Ravens and San Francisco loss to Pittsburgh. Clinches first-round bye with win against Ravens AND San Francisco loss to Pittsburgh and Dallas loss or tie against New England.

San Francisco: Clinched playoff berth. Clinches division title with two wins and Carolina loss OR one win and two Carolina losses.

Pub Date: 12/15/96

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