Blue bloods ... not new blood

Annual streak of five new playoff teams already certain to end this postseason

Originally Published: December 21, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

In baseball, managers call out the closers for situations such as this. In the NFL, Week 16 gives plenty of teams a chance to close out their seasons and lock in playoff spots.

Seven of the 12 playoff berths are assured. Five of the eight divisions have been clinched. The Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts can complete the AFC playoff picture simply by winning. The Seattle Seahawks can lock in a playoff trip with a win over the San Francisco 49ers.

That could leave ...

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