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December 25, 2009

NFL
Injury report
Sunday

RAVENS AT PITTSBURGH

RAVENS: Doubtful: T Jared Gaither (foot); LB Tavaras Gooden (groin); LB Jarret Johnson (knee); LS Matt Katula (forearm); S Ed Reed (groin). Questionable: WR Mark Clayton (knee); S KJ Gerard (thigh); DT Kelly Talavou (knee). Probable: C Matt Birk (neck); WR Justin Harper (foot); TE Todd Heap (chest); DT Haloti Ngata (ankle); TE LJ Smith (ankle); WR Kelley Washington (ankle).

STEELERS: Doubtful: G Chris Kemoeatu (wrist); CB Keenan Lewis (back); S Troy Polamalu (knee). Probable: DE Brett Keisel (neck); CB Anthony Madison (illness); RB Rashard Mendenhall (hip); RB Willie Parker (knee); WR Mike Wallace (knee), WR Hines Ward (hamstring).

Playoff scenarios
AFC
Indianapolis

Clinched AFC South and home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs

San Diego

Clinched AFC West

- Clinches a first-round bye with:

1) win or tie OR

2) New England loss or tie

New England

- Clinches AFC East division title with:

1) win or tie OR

2) Miami loss or tie

Cincinnati

- Clinches AFC North division title with:

1) win OR

2) tie and Baltimore loss or tie OR

3) Baltimore loss

- Clinches a playoff spot with:

1) tie OR

2) Jacksonville loss or tie and N.Y. Jets loss or tie and Houston-Miami tie

Ravens

- Clinch a playoff spot with:

1) win and Jacksonville loss or tie and N.Y. Jets loss or tie OR

2) win and Jacksonville loss or tie and Denver loss OR

3) win and Miami loss or tie and N.Y. Jets loss or tie and Denver loss OR

4) tie and N.Y. Jets loss and Jacksonville loss and Tennessee loss or tie and Houston-Miami tie

Denver

- Clinches a playoff spot with:

1) win and Jacksonville loss or tie and Miami loss or tie and N.Y. Jets loss or tie and Pittsburgh loss or tie

NFC
New Orleans

Clinched NFC South and a first-round bye

- Clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

1) win or tie OR

2) Minnesota loss or tie

Minnesota

Clinched NFC North

- Clinches first-round bye with:

1) A win and Philadelphia loss or tie OR

2) A tie and Philadelphia loss

Arizona

Clinched NFC West

Philadelphia

Clinched a playoff spot

- Clinches NFC East with:

1) win and Dallas loss or tie OR

3) tie and Dallas loss

Green Bay

- Clinches a playoff spot with:

1) win and N.Y. Giants loss or tie OR

2) win and Dallas loss OR

3) tie and N.Y. Giants loss

Dallas

- Clinches playoff spot with:

1) win and N.Y. Giants loss or tie OR

2) tie and N.Y. Giants loss

Colleges
Football bowls
Results, schedule

SATURDAY

New Mexico Bowl

Wyoming 35…Fresno St. 28, 2OT

St. Petersburg (Fla.) Bowl

Rutgers 45…UCF 24

SUNDAY

New Orleans Bowl

Mid. Tenn. 42…Southern Miss. 32

TUESDAY

Las Vegas Bowl

BYU 44…Oregon State 20

WEDNESDAY

Poinsettia Bowl

Utah 37…California 27

THURSDAY

Hawaii Bowl//at Honolulu, SMU (7-5) vs. Nevada (8-4), late

SATURDAY

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl//at Detroit, Ohio (9-4) vs. Marshall (6-6), 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Meineke Bowl//at Charlotte, N.C., North Carolina (8-4) vs. Pittsburgh (9-3), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Emerald Bowl//at San Francisco, USC (8-4) vs. Boston College (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN)

SUNDAY

Music City Bowl//at Nashville, Tenn., Clemson (8-5) vs. Kentucky (7-5), 8 p.m. (ESPN)

MONDAY

Independence Bowl//at Shreveport, La., Texas A&M (6-6) vs. Georgia (7-5), 5 p.m. (ESPN)

TUESDAY

EagleBank Bowl//at Washington, Temple (9-3) vs. UCLA (6-6), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Champs Sports Bowl//at Orlando, Fla., Miami (9-3) vs. Wisconsin (9-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN)

WEDNESDAY

Humanitarian Bowl//at Boise, Idaho, Bowling Green (7-5) vs. Idaho (7-5), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Holiday Bowl//at San Diego, Nebraska (9-4) vs. Arizona (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN)

THURSDAY

Sun Bowl//at El Paso, Texas, Stanford (8-4) vs. Oklahoma (7-5), Noon (CBS)

Armed Forces Bowl//at Fort Worth, Texas, Air Force (7-5) vs. Houston (10-3), Noon (ESPN)

Texas Bowl//at Houston, Missouri (8-4) vs. Navy (9-4), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Insight Bowl//at Tempe, Ariz., Minnesota (6-6) vs. Iowa State (6-6), 6 p.m. (NFL)

Chick-fil-A Bowl//at Atlanta, Virginia Tech (9-3) vs. Tennessee (7-5), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

NEXT FRIDAY

Outback Bowl//at Tampa, Fla., Northwestern (8-4) vs. Auburn (7-5), 11 a.m. (ESPN)

Capital One Bowl//at Orlando, Fla., Penn State (10-2) vs. LSU (9-3), 1 p.m. (ABC)

Gator Bowl//at Jacksonville, Fla., Florida State (6-6) vs. West Virginia (9-3), 1 p.m. (CBS)

Rose Bowl//at Pasadena, Calif., Ohio State (10-2) vs. Oregon (10-2), 5 p.m. (ABC)

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