Playoff possibilities

December 09, 1997

Week 16 playoff possibilities as released by the NFL:

AFC East

New England: Can clinch division title with a win AND a Miami loss AND a N.Y. Jets loss or tie. Can clinch playoff berth with a win OR a N.Y. Jets loss.

Miami: Can clinch playoff berth with a win OR a N.Y. Jets loss.

AFC Central

Pittsburgh: Has clinched a playoff berth. Can clinch division title with a win AND a Jacksonville loss or tie. Can clinch a first-round bye with a win AND a Jacksonville loss or tie AND a Miami loss or tie.

Jacksonville: Can clinch a playoff berth with a win OR a N.Y. Jets loss.

AFC West

Kansas City: Has clinched a playoff berth. Can clinch division title, a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win AND a Denver loss.

Denver: Has clinched a playoff berth.

NFC East

N.Y. Giants: Can clinch division title with a win OR tie. Can clinch a playoff berth with a Carolina loss or tie AND a Detroit loss or tie.

Washington: Can clinch a playoff berth with a win AND a Carolina loss or tie AND a Detroit loss or tie AND a Philadelphia loss or tie.

NFC Central

Green Bay: Has clinched division title and a first-round bye.

Tampa Bay: Can clinch a playoff berth with a win OR two of the following: a Detroit loss or tie; a Washington loss; a Carolina loss or tie.

Minnesota: Can clinch a playoff berth with a win.

NFC West

San Francisco: Has clinched division title and first-round playoff bye. Can clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win OR a Green Bay loss.

Pub Date: 12/09/97

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