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Posted on: Friday, January 1, 2010

NFL: Sunday's games, playoff scenarios


Associated Press

SUNDAY'S GAMES

Chicago at Detroit, 8 a.m.

Pittsburgh at Miami, 8 a.m.

New England at Houston, 8 a.m.

Indianapolis at Buffalo, 8 a.m.

San Francisco at St. Louis, 8 a.m.

Atlanta at Tampa Bay, 8 a.m.

New Orleans at Carolina, 8 a.m.

Jacksonville at Cleveland, 8 a.m.

N.Y. Giants at Minnesota, 8 a.m.

Tennessee at Seattle, 11:15 a.m.

Philadelphia at Dallas, 11:15 a.m.

Washington at San Diego, 11:15 a.m.

Kansas City at Denver, 11:15 a.m.

Baltimore at Oakland, 11:15 a.m.

Green Bay at Arizona, 11:15 a.m.

Cincinnati at N.Y. Jets, 3:30 p.m.
End of regular season

PLAYOFF SCENARIOS

AFC
CLINCHED

Indianapolis-AFC South and homefield advantage; San Diego-AFC West and first-round bye; Cincinnati-AFC North; New England-AFC East
ELIMINATED
Cleveland, Kansas City, Oakland, Buffalo, Tennessee

Baltimore

Clinches a playoff spot with a win

N.Y. Jets

Clinches a playoff spot with a win

Denver

Clinches a playoff spot with:

1) Win and N.Y. Jets loss or tie and Baltimore loss or tie OR

2) Win and N.Y. Jets loss or tie and Pittsburgh loss or tie OR

3) Win and N.Y. Jets loss or tie and Houston win OR

4) Win and Baltimore loss or tie and Pittsburgh loss or tie OR

5) Win and Baltimore loss or tie and Houston win OR

6) Pittsburgh loss and Baltimore loss and Houston loss and Jacksonville loss OR

7) Pittsburgh loss and Baltimore loss and Houston loss and N.Y. Jets loss OR

8) Pittsburgh loss and Baltimore loss and Jacksonville loss and N.Y. Jets loss OR

9) Pittsburgh loss and Houston loss and Jacksonville loss and N.Y. Jets loss OR

10) N.Y. Jets loss and Baltimore loss and Houston loss and Jacksonville loss or tie

Pittsburgh

Clinches a playoff spot with:

1) Win and Houston loss or tie and N.Y. Jets loss or tie OR

2) Win and Houston loss or tie and Baltimore loss or tie OR

3) Win and N.Y. Jets loss or tie and Baltimore loss or tie and Denver loss or tie

Houston

Clinches a playoff spot with:

1) Win and N.Y. Jets loss or tie and Baltimore loss or tie OR

2) Win and N.Y. Jets loss or tie and Denver loss or tie OR

3) Win and Baltimore loss or tie and Denver loss or tie

Jacksonville

Clinches a playoff spot with:

1) Win and Pittsburgh loss and Baltimore loss and Denver loss and Houston loss OR

2) Win and Pittsburgh loss and Baltimore loss and Denver loss and N.Y. Jets loss OR

3) Win and Pittsburgh loss and Baltimore loss and Houston loss and N.Y. Jets loss OR

4) Win and Pittsburgh loss and Denver loss and Houston loss and N.Y. Jets loss OR

5) Win and N.Y. Jets loss and Denver loss and Houston loss and Baltimore loss

Miami

Clinches a playoff spot with:

1) Win and N.Y. Jets loss and Baltimore loss and Houston loss and Jacksonville loss or tie

Baltimore, N.Y. Jets, Denver, Pittsburgh and Houston can also make the playoffs if they tie this week in combination with various other results.

Jacksonville and Miami cannot make the playoffs with a tie.

NFC

CLINCHED
New Orleans-NFC South and homefield advantage; Minnesota-NFC North; Arizona-NFC West; Philadelphia, Green Bay and Dallas-playoff spot

ELIMINATED
Detroit, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Washington, Chicago, Seattle, Carolina, Atlanta, San Francisco, N.Y. Giants


Minnesota

Clinches a first-round bye with:

1) Minnesota win and Philadelphia loss or tie OR

2) Minnesota tie and Philadelphia loss

Arizona

Clinches a first-round bye with:

Win and Minnesota loss and Philadelphia loss

Philadelphia

Clinches NFC East with:

Win or tie

Clinches first-round bye with:

1) Win OR

2) Tie and Minnesota loss or tie

Dallas

Clinches NFC East with:

Win

Clinches a first-round bye with:

Win and Minnesota loss and Arizona loss or tie