PLAYOFFS; Who's in and who has a chance? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 December 2009 13:13

By EARL WATT

• Daily Leader

While the NFC picture became clearer after Sunday’s games, the water became a bit muddy in the AFC.

The six teams have been decided in the NFC, although the order of finish has yet to be determined.

The biggest game to determine the final outcome will be the Dallas, Philadelphia game Sunday.

Either team can finish as high as the second seed or as low as the sixth.

If the playoffs started today, the NFC seedings would be New Orleans, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Arizona, Green Bay and Dallas.

What has a real possibility is a back-to-back week between Philadelphia and Dallas.

If Philadelphia beats the Cowboys Sunday, and Minnesota wins its final two games, the Eagles will host the Cowboys in the Wildcard game.

If Dallas beats the Eagles Sunday, and Minnesota wins its final two games, the Cowboys would more than likely host the Eagles in the Wildcard game.

Green Bay would face Arizona, and the two top seeds, Minnesota and New Orleans would receive byes.

In the AFC, the picture is crystal clear at the top, and murky at the bottom.

Indianapolis is the No . 1 seed, and the San Diego Chargers are No. 2. They both receive byes.

Cincinnati has clinched the AFC North and is in.

New England has won the AFC East and is in.

That leaves two spots.

The Jets and Ravens are in the driver’s seat. Win and they are in.

Lose, however, and it’s time to dig out the rule book.

Here are the scenarios for the teams still in the hunt:

Baltimore Ravens

(at Oakland)

1) BAL win

New York Jets

(vs. Cincinnati)

1) NYJ win

Denver Broncos

(vs. Kansas City)

1) DEN win + NYJ loss or tie + BAL loss or tie

2) DEN win + NYJ loss or tie + PIT loss or tie

3) DEN win + NYJ loss or tie + HOU win

4) DEN win + BAL loss or tie + PIT loss or tie

5) DEN win + BAL loss or tie + HOU win

6) PIT loss + BAL loss + HOU loss + JAC loss

7) PIT loss + BAL loss + HOU loss + NYJ loss

8) PIT loss + BAL loss + JAC loss + NYJ loss

9) PIT loss + HOU loss + JAC loss + NYJ loss

10) MIA loss or tie + NYJ loss + BAL loss + HOU loss + JAC loss or tie

Pittsburgh Steelers

(at Miami)

1) PIT win + HOU loss or tie + NYJ loss or tie

2) PIT win + HOU loss or tie + BAL loss or tie

3) PIT win + NYJ loss or tie + BAL loss or tie + DEN loss or tie

Houston Texans

(vs. New England)

1) HOU win + NYJ loss or tie + BAL loss or tie

2) HOU win + NYJ loss or tie + DEN loss or tie

3) HOU win + BAL loss or tie + DEN loss or tie

Jacksonville Jaguars

(at Cleveland)

1) JAC win + PIT loss + BAL loss + DEN loss + HOU loss

2) JAC win + PIT loss + BAL loss + DEN loss + NYJ loss

3) JAC win + PIT loss + BAL loss + HOU loss + NYJ loss

4) JAC win + PIT loss + DEN loss + HOU loss + NYJ loss

5) JAC win + NYJ loss + DEN loss + HOU loss + BAL loss

Miami Dolphins

(vs. Pittsburgh)

1) MIA win + NYJ loss + BAL loss + HOU loss + JAC loss or tie

 

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