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December 27, 2003

The playoff possibilities for Week 17, according to the NFL:

AFC East

New England: Has clinched division title and a first-round bye. Can clinch home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with a win or tie or Kansas City loss or tie.

AFC North

Ravens: Can clinch division title with win or tie or Cincinnati loss or tie.

Cincinnati: Can clinch division title with a win plus a Ravens loss.

AFC South

Indianapolis: Has clinched playoff berth.

Can clinch division title with a win or Tennessee loss or an Indianapolis tie and a Tennessee tie.

Tennessee: Has clinched playoff berth.

Can clinch division title with a win or tie plus an Indianapolis loss.

AFC West

Kansas City: Has clinched division title and a first-round bye.

Can clinch home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with a win plus a New England loss.

Denver: Has clinched playoff berth and will play first-round game.

NFC East

Philadelphia: Has clinched playoff berth.

Can clinch division title and a first-round bye with a win or tie or a Dallas loss or tie.

Can clinch home-field advantage throughout playoffs with a win plus a St. Louis loss.

Dallas: Has clinched playoff berth.

Can clinch division title and first-round bye with a win plus a Philadelphia loss.

NFC North

Minnesota: Can clinch division title with a win or a Green Bay loss or a Minnesota tie plus a Green Bay tie.

Can clinch playoff berth with a Seattle loss or a Minnesota tie plus a Seattle tie.

Green Bay: Can clinch division title with a win plus a Minnesota loss or tie or a Green Bay tie plus a Minnesota loss.

Can clinch playoff berth with a Seattle loss or a Green Bay win plus a Dallas win or tie or a Green Bay win plus Dallas has better strength of victory than Seattle or a Green Bay win or tie plus a Seattle tie.

NFC South

Carolina: Has clinched division title.

NFC West

St. Louis: Has clinched division title and a first-round bye.

Can clinch home-field advantage throughout playoffs with a win or tie or a Philadelphia loss or tie.

Seattle: Can clinch playoff berth with a win plus a Minnesota loss or tie or a win plus a Green Bay loss or tie or a win plus a Dallas loss plus Seattle has better strength of victory than Dallas or a Seattle tie plus a Minnesota loss or a Seattle tie plus a Green Bay loss.

Note: Arizona, Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, New Orleans, N.Y. Giants, N.Y. Jets, Oakland, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa Bay and Washington have been eliminated from playoff contention.

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