NFL playoff scenarios

Staff reports Updated: December 24, 2012 at 12:00 am • Published: December 24, 2012
AFC

CLINCHED: Houston, AFC South; Denver, AFC West; New England, AFC East; Baltimore, AFC North; Indianapolis, No. 5 playoff spot; Cincinnati, No. 6 playoff spot.

HOUSTON (at Indianapolis)

Clinches first-round bye with:

— Win or tie, or

— New England loss or tie, or

— Denver loss

Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

— Win, or

— Tie AND Denver loss or tie, or

— New England loss or tie AND Denver loss

DENVER (vs. Kansas City)

Clinches first-round bye with:

— Win or tie, or

— New England loss or tie

Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

— Win AND Houston loss or tie, or

— Tie AND Houston loss

NEW ENGLAND (vs. Miami)

Clinches first-round bye with:

— Win AND Denver or Houston loss

Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

— Win AND Denver and Houston loss

NFC

CLINCHED: Atlanta, NFC South and home-field advantage; Green Bay, NFC North; San Francisco, playoff spot; Seattle, playoff spot

GREEN BAY (at Minnesota)

Clinches first-round bye with:

— Win, or

— Tie AND San Francisco loss or tie, or

— San Francisco loss AND Seattle loss or tie

SAN FRANCISCO (vs. Arizona)

Clinches NFC West with:

— Win or tie, or

— Seattle loss or tie

Clinches first-round bye with:

— Win AND Green Bay loss or tie, or

— Tie AND Green Bay loss

SEATTLE (vs. St. Louis)

Clinches NFC West with:

— Win AND San Francisco loss

Clinches first-round bye with:

— Win AND San Francisco loss AND Green Bay loss

WASHINGTON (vs. Dallas)

Clinches NFC East with:

— Win or tie

Clinches playoff spot with:

— Chicago loss AND Minnesota loss

DALLAS (at Washington)

Clinches NFC East with:

— Win

NEW YORK GIANTS (vs. Philadelphia)

Clinches playoff spot with:

— Win AND Dallas loss or tie AND Chicago loss AND Minnesota loss

MINNESOTA (vs. Green Bay)

Clinches playoff spot with:

— Win, or

— Tie AND Chicago loss or tie, or

— Dallas loss or tie AND N.Y. Giants loss or tie AND Chicago loss

CHICAGO (at Detroit)

Clinches playoff spot with:

— Win AND Minnesota loss or tie, or

— Tie AND Minnesota loss

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