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    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.

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  • DJRamFan
    Official NFL playoff scenarios
    by DJRamFan
    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.
    -12-18-2001, 05:28 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
  • 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
  • cowboyhater
    NFC South
    by cowboyhater
    A few years ago, the Seattle Seahawks won the NFC West with a 7-9 record, and went on to host and win the first round playoff game before elimination.

    Now, the NFC South threatens to make that Seahawks team look like the '72 Dolphins, as the division is presently led by the Atlanta Falcons, who at 4-7 have not even beaten a single team outside its division.

    This NFC South is 1-10-1 against the AFC North which is strong, but has no dominant team like the Broncos or Patriots. In fact, if you eliminate the games against the NFC South, the AFC North drops from 28-15-1 to a much more pedestrian 18-14-0.

    The division leading Falcons' remaining non-divisional games has them facing the Steelers, Packers and Palmerless Cardinals. I cannot imagine them winning any of those games, though they might well beat Carolina and New Orleans, making them 6-10, and still winning all tie-breakers for the division title.

    The 4-7 Saints play Pittsburgh and Chicago, where at least one upset is possible, and even in the unlikely event that they sweep the three remaining divisional games, can still do no better than 8-8, and are far more likely to wind up at 6-10, like the Falcons.

    The remaining teams are heavy with divisional contests, so if they win, it will be at the expense of the division leaders.

    So, we are looking at another 7-9 team or more likely, a 6-10 team win the division and hosting a playoff game.

    This never happened in the days before "parity", and has nothing to do with wildcards, as they are division winners. I don't have an answer for it, since NFL contraction is unthinkable, and expanding the divisions doesn't work with the scheduling algorhithms, which are actually pretty good. In the older days, it was the 9-7 Rams who made it to the Super Bowl, and not the 10-3-1 Rams, the 12-2 or the 12-4 Rams of earlier seasons. So maybe that's the way it is supposed to be.

    At one point, the 2007 New England Patriots were on track to be the most dominant team of all time. It turns out they weren't even the best team that year.
    -11-28-2014, 07:33 AM
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