AFC North: playoff scenarios

Warm-up: AFC North scenarios

January, 1, 2012
1/01/12
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CINCINNATI -- For your game-day warm-up, here are the scenarios that affect the AFC North teams today:

RAVENS

Ravens clinch AFC North title and a first-round bye if ...
  • Baltimore beats Cincinnati
  • or Baltimore ties and Pittsburgh loses or ties
  • or Pittsburgh loses at Cleveland
Ravens clinch top seed and home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs if ...
  • Baltimore wins and New England loses at home to Buffalo
STEELERS

Steelers clinch AFC North title and a first-round bye if ...
  • Pittsburgh beats Cleveland and Baltimore loses or ties
  • or Pittsburgh ties and Baltimore loses at Cincinnati

Steelers clinch top seed and home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs if ...
  • Pittsburgh wins, Baltimore loses or ties and New England loses
BENGALS

Bengals clinch a playoff spot if ...
  • Cincinnati beats or ties Baltimore
  • or Jets lose at Miami or tie AND Oakland loses to or ties San Diego at home
  • or Jets lose or tie AND Denver loses to or ties Kansas City at home
BROWNS
  • Cleveland guarantees itself a top-five draft pick with a loss to Pittsburgh
  • Cleveland could fall as low as No. 8 with a win

Steelers playoff scenarios

December, 8, 2010
12/08/10
2:30
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It's that time of year when a small list of teams are in line to clinch early playoff berths.

The Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3) are one of those teams after getting a huge victory last week over the Baltimore Ravens (8-4). The Steelers now have the inside track on winning the AFC North division and can secure a postseason spot as early as Sunday via several scenarios.

Here they are, according to the NFL:
  1. Pittsburgh wins + Jacksonville loss or tie + New England win or tie + Miami Dolphins loss or tie
  2. Pittsburgh win + Indianapolis loss or tie + New England win or tie + Miami loss or tie
  3. Pittsburgh win + Indianapolis loss or tie + New England win or tie + Oakland loss or tie + San Diego loss or tie
  4. Pittsburgh win + Indianapolis loss or tie + Miami loss or tie + Oakland loss or tie
  5. Pittsburgh tie + Miami loss or tie + Oakland loss or tie + San Diego loss or tie + Indianapolis loss
Got all that?

In every case, the Steelers have to win or at least tie against the Cincinnati Bengals (2-10). Otherwise, the other scenarios do not come into play.

NFL playoff picture

December, 28, 2009
12/28/09
9:53
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Here is a look at the AFC and NFC playoff picture if the postseason started today, as well as a list of playoff scenarios.

Ravens, Bengals playoff scenarios

December, 21, 2009
12/21/09
4:01
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Here are the Week 16 playoff scenarios for the Cincinnati Bengals (9-5) and Baltimore Ravens (8-6):

Cincinnati can clinch the AFC North title with:

  • A win or …
  • A tie and Ravens loss or tie or …
  • A Baltimore loss
Cincinnati can clinch a playoff spot with:

Baltimore can clinch a playoff spot with:

  • Ravens win and Jacksonville loss or tie and Jets loss or tie or …
  • Ravens win and Jacksonville loss or tie and Denver Broncos loss or …
  • Ravens win and Miami loss or tie and Jets loss or tie and Denver loss or …
  • Ravens tie and Jets, Jaguars, Titans lose or tie and Houston/Miami game ends in a tie
You got all that?

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