Playoff possibilities

December 16, 1996

AFC East

New England: Clinched playoff berth. Clinches division title with win at N.Y. Giants on Saturday OR one Buffalo loss. Clinches first-round bye with win OR one Buffalo loss and Pittsburgh loss at Carolina.

Buffalo: Clinches division title with two wins AND New England loss at N.Y. Giants on Saturday. Clinches playoff berth with win or tie at Miami tonight OR Jacksonville loss or tie vs. Atlanta.

Indianapolis: Clinches playoff berth with win at Cincinnati OR Jacksonville loss vs. Atlanta OR two Buffalo losses OR Kansas City loss at Buffalo.

AFC Central

Pittsburgh: Clinched division title. Clinches first-round bye with win at Carolina AND New England loss to N.Y. Giants on Saturday.

Jacksonville: Clinches playoff berth with win vs. Atlanta AND EITHER Indianapolis loss at Cincinnati or two Buffalo losses or Kansas City loss at Buffalo.

AFC West

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

Kansas City: Clinches playoff berth with win at Buffalo or Jacksonville loss vs. Atlanta.

NFC East

Dallas: Clinched division title. Clinches first-round bye with win at Washington by 78 or more points AND Carolina loss vs. Pittsburgh AND San Francisco loss vs. Detroit on Dec. 23.

Philadelphia: Clinched playoff berth.

NFC Central

Green Bay: Clinched division title and first-round bye. Clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with win vs. Minnesota OR Carolina loss or tie vs. Pittsburgh OR with loss to Minnesota by 17 or fewer points.

Minnesota: Clinched playoff berth.

NFC West

Carolina: Clinched playoff berth. Clinches division title with win vs. Pittsburgh OR San Francisco loss vs. Detroit on Dec. 23. Clinches first-round bye with a win vs. Pittsburgh OR San Francisco loss vs. Detroit on Dec. 23 AND if Dallas doesn't beat Washington by 78 or more points. Clinches home-field throughout NFC playoffs with win vs. Pittsburgh AND Green Bay loss to Minnesota by 19 or more points.

San Francisco: Clinched playoff berth. Clinches division title and first-round bye with win vs. Detroit on Dec. 23 and Carolina loss vs. Pittsburgh.

Pub Date: 12/16/96

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