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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
AFC North playoff scenarios

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Playoff scenarios are becoming a weekly staple in the AFC North blog with the Baltimore Ravens (9-4) and Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) heading down the stretch.

So get out your scorecards. Here is what the Steelers and Ravens can clinch in Week 15:

Steelers

Can clinch the AFC North if:
  1. PIT wins + BAL loss + PIT clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over BAL
Can clinch first-round bye if:
  1. PIT wins + BAL loss + PIT clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over BAL and JAC
  2. PIT wins + BAL loss + JAC loss or tie + PIT clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over BAL
Can clinch playoff berth if:
  1. PIT wins or tie
  2. IND loss or tie + SD loss or tie
  3. IND loss or tie + KC loss
Ravens

Can clinch a playoff berth if:
  1. BAL wins + IND loss or tie + SD loss or tie
  2. BAL wins + IND loss or tie + MIA loss or tie + KC loss
  3. BAL tie + MIA loss or tie + SD loss + IND loss

For more playoff scenarios outside the AFC North, check out the NFL Nation blog.