Playoff possibilities

January 02, 2000

Playoff possibilities

The possibilities for the NFL playoffs going into today's games:

AFC East

Indianapolis: Has clinched AFC East title and a first-round playoff bye. Can clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with EITHER a win AND EITHER a Jacksonville loss or tie OR with Indianapolis beating Jacksonville in best net points in conference games (currently Indianapolis +67 to Jacksonville +81) OR a Jacksonville loss AND a Tennessee loss.

Buffalo: Has clinched AFC playoff berth.

Miami: Can clinch AFC playoff berth with a win AND EITHER a Kansas City loss or tie OR a Seattle loss or tie OR EITHER a Kansas City loss or a Seattle loss.

AFC Central

Jacksonville: Has clinched playoff berth. Can clinch AFC Central title and a first-round playoff bye with a win or tie OR a Tennessee loss or tie. Can clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win AND EITHER an Indianapolis loss or tie OR with Jacksonville beating Indianapolis in best net points in conference games (currently Indianapolis +67 to Jacksonville +81).

Tennessee: Has clinched a playoff berth. Can clinch AFC Central title and a first-round playoff bye with a win AND a Jacksonville loss. Can clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win AND a Jacksonville loss AND an Indianapolis loss.

AFC West

Seattle: Can clinch AFC West title with EITHER a win or a Kansas City loss or tie. Can clinch playoff berth with a tie AND a Miami loss.

Kansas City: Can clinch AFC West title with a win AND a Seattle loss or tie. Can clinch playoff berth with a win OR a tie AND a Miami loss.

NFC East

Washington: Has clinched NFC East title. Can clinch first-round playoff bye with a win AND a Tampa Bay loss AND a Minnesota loss or tie.

Dallas: Can clinch playoff berth with a win.

N.Y. Giants: Can clinch playoff berth with EITHER a win AND EITHER a Green Bay loss or tie OR with New York beating Green Bay and Carolina in best net points in conference games (currently New York -56, Green Bay 0, Carolina -18) OR a tie AND a Green Bay loss AND a Carolina loss.

NFC Central

Tampa Bay: Has clinched a playoff berth. Can clinch NFC Central title with EITHER a win or tie OR a Minnesota loss or tie. Can clinch a first-round playoff bye with EITHER a win or tie OR a Minnesota loss or tie AND a Washington loss or tie.

Minnesota: Has clinched a playoff berth. Can clinch NFC Central title and a first-round playoff bye with a win and a Tampa Bay loss.

Detroit: Has clinched a playoff berth.

Green Bay: Can clinch a playoff berth with EITHER a win AND EITHER a New York win AND with Green Bay beating New York and Carolina in best net points in conference games (currently New York -56, Green Bay 0, Carolina -18) OR New York-Dallas game ends in a tie AND a Carolina loss or tie OR a tie AND New York-Dallas game ends in a tie AND a Carolina loss or tie.

NFC West

St. Louis: Has clinched NFC West title, a first-round playoff bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Carolina: Can clinch a playoff berth with a win AND EITHER a New York win and a Green Bay win AND with Carolina beating New York and Green Bay in best net points in conference games (currently New York -56, Green Bay 0, Carolina -18) OR New York-Dallas game ends in a tie.

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