NFL playoff scenarios

December 28, 2004

AFC East

New England has clinched division title and a first-round bye.

Buffalo can clinch playoff berth with:

A win and a N.Y. Jets loss, or a win and a Denver loss or tie, or a tie and a Denver loss.

New York Jets can clinch playoff berth with:

A win or tie, or a Buffalo loss or tie, or a Denver loss or tie.

AFC North

Pittsburgh has clinched division title and home-field advantage throughout playoffs.

Ravens can clinch playoff berth with:

A win, a Buffalo loss, a Denver loss and a Jacksonville loss or tie.

AFC South

Indianapolis has clinched division title.

Jacksonville can clinch playoff berth with:

A win, plus Buffalo and Denver lose.

AFC West

San Diego has clinched division title.

Denver can clinch playoff berth with:

A win, or a tie and a Buffalo loss or tie, or a Buffalo loss plus Jacksonville and Ravens lose or tie.

NFC East

Philadelphia has clinched division title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

NFC North

Green Bay has clinched division title.

Minnesota can clinch playoff berth with:

A win or tie, or a Carolina loss or tie, or a St. Louis loss or tie.

NFC South

Atlanta has clinched division title and a first-round bye.

Carolina can clinch playoff berth with:

A win and a Minnesota loss, or a win and a Seattle win or tie, or a win or tie plus a St. Louis loss or tie.

New Orleans clinches playoff berth with:

A win and a St. Louis loss or tie, or a win and Seattle and Minnesota win or tie.

NFC West

Seattle has clinched playoff berth. Seattle can clinch division title with:

A win or tie, or a St. Louis loss or tie.

St. Louis can clinch division with:

A win and a Seattle loss.

St. Louis can clinch playoff berth with:

A win and a Minnesota loss, or a win and a New Orleans-Carolina tie.

Eliminated: Arizona, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, N.Y. Giants, Oakland, San Francisco, Tampa Bay, Tennessee and Washington.

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