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  • Official NFL playoff scenarios

    NEW YORK (Dec. 18, 2001) -- The following are the official playoff scenarios in each conference and division as determined by the NFL.

    AFC EAST
    Miami Dolphins: Can clinch playoff berth with:

    1) Win
    2) Tie plus Seattle loss

    New England Patriots: Can clinch playoff berth with:

    1) Win plus N.Y. Jets loss
    2) Win plus Baltimore loss
    3) Win plus Seattle loss or tie
    4) Tie plus Seattle loss

    AFC CENTRAL
    Pittsburgh Steelers: Clinched AFC Central division title and can clinch a first-round bye with win plus Miami loss or tie.

    AFC WEST
    Oakland Raiders: Clinched AFC West division with win over San Diego.

    NFC EAST
    Philadelphia Eagles: Can clinch NFC East division title with:

    1) Win or tie.
    2) N.Y. Giants loss or tie.

    NFC CENTRAL
    Chicago Bears: Clinched NFC playoff berth.

    Green Bay Packers: Can clinch playoff berth with:

    1) Win or tie.
    2) Tampa Bay loss plus Washington loss or tie plus N.Y. Giants loss or tie plus Atlanta loss or tie.

    NFC WEST
    St. Louis Rams: Clinched NFC playoff berth and can clinch NFC West title with a win plus San Francisco loss.

    San Francisco *****: Clinched NFC playoff berth.

    NOTE: With wins by St. Louis and San Francisco on Sunday, the eventual NFC West champion clinches a bye.

    The following teams have been officially eliminated from playoff contention: Buffalo, Carolina, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Jacksonville, Kansas City and San Diego.

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  • DJRamFan
    Official NFL playoff scenarios
    by DJRamFan
    NEW YORK (Dec. 23, 2001) -- The following are the official 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:

    1) Win or tie.
    2) Seattle loss or tie.
    3) N.Y. Jets win or tie plus Baltimore win or tie.

    New York Jets: Can clinch playoff berth with:

    1) Win or tie.
    2) 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:

    1) Win or tie.
    2) Oakland loss or tie.

    Baltimore Ravens: Can clinch playoff berth with:

    1) Win or tie.
    2) Seattle loss or tie.

    AFC WEST
    Oakland Raiders: Clinched AFC West division title.

    Oakland can clinch first-round bye with 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:

    1) Win
    2) San Francisco loss

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

    San Francisco *****: 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.
    -12-24-2001, 04:43 PM
  • RamWraith
    Playoff out look
    by RamWraith
    Playoff scenarios for Week 14

    (AP) ? Before Dec. 10 Monday night game:

    AFC EAST

    Miami can clinch playoff berth with:

    1) Miami two wins plus Seattle loss or tie plus Denver loss or tie plus Cleveland loss or tie.
    2) Miami two wins plus Seattle loss or tie plus Denver loss or tie plus Pittsburgh win or tie.
    3) Miami two wins plus Seattle loss or tie plus Cleveland loss or tie plus N.Y. Jets loss plus Oakland loss.

    AFC CENTRAL

    Pittsburgh can clinch division with a win. Steelers can clinch playoff berth with:

    1) Pittsburgh tie
    2) Cleveland loss or tie plus Seattle loss or tie.
    3) Cleveland loss or tie plus New England loss.

    AFC WESTERN

    Oakland can clinch division with:

    1) Oakland win
    2) Oakland tie plus Seattle loss plus Denver loss

    NFC EASTERN

    Philadelphia can clinch division with a Philadelphia win plus N.Y. Giants loss or tie.

    NFC CENTRAL

    Chicago can clinch playoff berth with a win.

    Green Bay can clinch playoff berth with:

    1) Green Bay win plus Tampa Bay loss plus Atlanta loss or tie plus Washington loss or tie.
    2) Green Bay win plus Tampa Bay loss plus Atlanta loss or tie plus New Orleans loss or tie.

    NFC WESTERN

    St. Louis can clinch playoff berth with a win OR tie.

    San Francisco can clinch playoff berth with a San Francisco win plus Tampa Bay loss plus Washington loss or tie plus New Orleans loss.

    OUT OF THE RACE

    Buffalo, Carolina and Detroit have been eliminated from playoff contenti
    -12-11-2001, 09:27 AM
  • Rip32
    Strongest Division this year????
    by Rip32
    Whats the strongest division this year?

    I would think the NFC East will be the strongest with the Giants,Skins,Cowboys and the rejuvenation of the Eagles(without TO)
    NFC West
    27.78%
    5
    NFC East
    44.44%
    8
    NFC South
    16.67%
    3
    NFC North
    5.56%
    1
    AFC West
    0.00%
    0
    AFC East
    5.56%
    1
    AFC South
    0.00%
    0
    AFC North
    0.00%
    0
    -07-09-2006, 08:57 AM
  • Rambos
    Well, somebody has to win the NFC West
    by Rambos
    There is an increasingly strong possibility that the champion will have a losing record.

    Not only that, a 7-9 St. Louis or Seattle or San Francisco team could wind up hosting a first-round playoff game against a team that has won 10 or 11 games, maybe more.

    That potentially embarrassing scenario results from an NFL rule that guarantees each division champion a home playoff game.

    With five weeks to go, Seattle and St. Louis are tied for first at 5-6, with San Francisco 4-7 and Arizona 3-8.

    As Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck put it, "Yeah, it's weird."

    In games outside their division, NFC West teams are 10-20. Only St. Louis is respectable at 4-4. The division has played a big role in Kansas City's revival. The AFC West-leading Chiefs have beaten San Francisco 31-10, Arizona 31-13 and Seattle 42-24.

    The coaches of the four NFC West teams don't like to talk about the sorry state of their division. They're understandably consumed by trying to right their respective ships.

    "I don't know. It's hard for me to speculate on that," Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said on Tuesday when asked if he thought the division winner would have a losing record.

    Whisenhunt's Cardinals, winners of the NFC West the past two seasons, are mired in a six-game losing streak and were embarrassed on national television in a 27-6 home loss to San Francisco on Monday night.

    "My focus right now is really worrying about what we do. As a Cardinal answer to a non-Cardinal question, I'm really worried about what we're going to do," Whisenhunt said. "I'm not worried about that right now. We have played all the three teams in our division and to me they have all been good football teams."

    To him maybe.

    Here is a look at the "contenders" and what they face to try to finish at least at .500.

    —The Rams: St. Louis could have the best shot. After going 6-42 the past three seasons and 1-15 last year, the Rams are on the rise under second-year coach Steve Spagnuolo and rookie quarterback Sam Bradford. They play three of their last five against NFC West opponents. A sweep there and St. Louis could lose to Kansas City and New Orleans and still finish 8-8. It could come down to the regular-season finale at Seattle on Jan 2.

    —The Seahawks: Seattle has allowed 76 points in its last two games, losses at New Orleans and at home against Kansas City. On the positive side, the Seahawks have a home game against the Carolina Panthers, whose only win this season was against, of course, an NFC West foe — 23-20 over San Francisco. But the Seahawks have Atlanta at home and are at Tampa Bay. Seattle might have to sweep San Francisco and St. Louis to climb to .500.

    —The *****: San Francisco was the preseason favorite but started 0-5. The ***** have won...
    -11-30-2010, 06:03 PM
  • RamDez
    The NFC playoff picture entering Week 15
    by RamDez
    The NFC playoff picture entering Week 15, and what's at stake for the Rams

    The Rams remain in possession of the No. 3 seed in the NFC as the NFC West division leader, by virtue of a head-to-head tiebreaker with the Seahawks. While the Packers won in Week 14, the Saints' loss has created a tight race between them, Green Bay and Los Angeles over the final three weeks of the season.

    Here is a look at the NFC playoff picture heading into Week 15:

    1. Green Bay Packers (10-3): The Packers' win over the Lions, coupled with the Eagles defeating the Saints, caused Green Bay to leap New Orleans for the top seed via a head-to-head tiebreaker over New Orleans.

    2. New Orleans Saints (10-3): Although the Saints have the same record as the Packers after Sunday's loss, they are the No. 2 seed because their Week 3 loss to the Packers gives Green Bay the head-to-head tiebreaker.

    3. Los Angeles Rams (9-4): Los Angeles remained atop the NFC West following a Thursday Night Football victory over the New England Patriots.

    4. Washington Football Team (6-7): Washington's win over the *****, along with the Giants' loss to the Cardinals, vaulted it into the NFC East lead. Edge rusher and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate Chase Young had a huge game (six total tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble return for a touchdown), but starting quarterback Alex Smith strained his calf in the win.

    5. Seattle Seahawks (9-4): The Seahawks dismantled the winless Jets 40-3 on Sunday to remain in second place in the NFC West and keep pace with the Rams.


    6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5): Tampa Bay defeated the Vikings 26-14 on Sunday to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot.

    7. Arizona Cardinals (7-6): A win over the Giants, plus losses by the Vikings and Bears, gave the Cardinals some breathing room in the fight for the final wild-card spot, but the margin is slim.

    In the hunt: Minnesota Vikings (6-7); Chicago Bears (6-7); San Francisco ***** (5-8); Detroit Lions (5-8); New York Giants (5-8); Philadelphia Eagles (4-8-1); Dallas Cowboys (4-9).

    What's on the line for the Rams in Week 15: A win over or tie with the Jets would clinch a playoff spot and help the Rams hold on to the No. 3 seed and the NFC West lead. The Rams can also clinch a playoff spot with a Vikings-Bears tie this weekend....
    -12-15-2020, 05:26 AM
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