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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Playoffs: Pats clinch homefield with win

By ESPNBoston.com

As the NFL season reaches Week 16, the playoff picture is starting to become clearer. The Patriots have already clinched a playoff spot and can wrap up the AFC East title and homefield advantage in the AFC with a win over Buffalo or a Jets loss or tie to the Bears.

Here are the clinching scenarios for the rest of the NFL:

Pittsburgh Steelers: Pittsburgh clinches AFC North division and a first-round bye with:

1) PIT win + BAL loss

Kansas City Chiefs: Kansas City clinches AFC West division with:

1) KC win + SD loss or tie
OR
2) KC tie + SD loss

Baltimore Ravens: Baltimore clinches a playoff spot with:

1) BAL win or tie
OR
2) KC loss + JAX loss or tie
OR
3) KC loss + IND loss or tie
OR
4) SD loss or tie + JAX loss or tie
OR
5) SD loss or tie + IND loss or tie

New York Jets: New York Jets clinch a playoff spot with:

1) NYJ win or tie
OR
2) JAX loss or tie
OR
3) IND loss or tie

NFC


CLINCHED: Chicago – NFC North
Atlanta – playoff spot

Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta clinches NFC South division and homefield advantage with:

1) ATL win or tie

Philadelphia Eagles: Philadelphia clinches NFC East division with:

1) PHI win
OR
2) PHI tie + NYG loss or tie
OR
3) NYG loss

Philadelphia clinches a playoff spot with:

1) PHI tie
OR
2) TB loss or tie

Chicago Bears: Chicago clinches a first-round bye with:

1) CHI win + PHI loss + NYG loss or tie

New Orleans Saints: New Orleans clinches a playoff spot with:

1) NO win or tie
OR
2) TB loss or tie

New York Giants: New York Giants clinch a playoff spot with:

1) NYG win