NFL Playoff Possibilities

Dec. 24, 2001 at 6:52 PM
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NEW YORK, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The playoff scenarios in each conference and division as determined by the NFL.

AFC East

New England Patriots: Clinched AFC playoff berth.

Miami Dolphins: Can clinch playoff berth with: EITHER a win or tie, a Seattle loss or tie OR a New York Jets win or tie plus a Baltimore win or tie.

New York Jets: Can clinch playoff berth with: EITHER a win or tie OR a Seattle loss or tie.

AFC Central

Pittsburgh Steelers: Clinched AFC Central division title AND a first-round bye.

Pittsburgh can clinch home-field advantage throughout playoffs with: EITHER a win or tie OR an Oakland loss or tie.

Baltimore Ravens: Can clinch playoff berth with: EITHER a win or tie OR a Seattle loss or tie.

AFC West

Oakland Raiders: Clinched AFC West division title.

Oakland can clinch first-round bye with a win plus Miami loss or tie plus N.Y. Jets loss or tie.

NFC East

Philadelphia Eagles: Can clinch NFC East title with win or tie.

NFC Central

Chicago Bears: Clinched NFC playoff berth.

Chicago can clinch NFC Central title AND a first-round bye with win plus Green Bay loss or tie.

Green Bay Packers: Clinched NFC playoff berth.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Can clinch playoff berth with win plus Atlanta loss or tie.

NFC West

St. Louis Rams: Clinched NFC playoff berth.

St. Louis can clinch NFC West title AND a first-round bye with EITHER a win OR a San Francisco loss.

St. Louis can clinch home-field advantage throughout playoffs with win plus Chicago loss or tie.

San Francisco 49ers: Clinched NFC playoff berth.

Note: The eventual NFC West champion clinches a bye.

The following teams have been officially eliminated from playoff contention: Arizona, Buffalo, Carolina, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Minnesota, San Diego, Tennessee and Washington.

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