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    The NFL playoff picture

    Six teams from each conference make the playoffs — the four division winners plus two wild-card teams. The first three tiebreakers within a division are head-to-head, division record, and record vs. common opponents; the first three for a wild-card spot involving teams not in the same division are head-to-head, conference record, and record vs. common opponents. The two division winners with the best records get first-round byes. The leading contenders in each conference:

    AFCW-LDiv. Conf.Remaining game
    c-Houston12-35-010-1at Indianapolis
    c-Denver12-35-09-2Kansas City
    c-New England11-45-010-1Miami
    c-Baltimore10-54-18-3at Cincinnati
    p-Indianapolis10-53-27-4Houston
    p-Cincinnati 9-62-36-5Baltimore
    NFCW-LDiv.Conf.Remaining game
    x-Atlanta13-23-29-2Tampa Bay
    c-Green Bay11-45-08-3at Minnesota
    pd-San Francisco10-4-12-2-16-4-1Arizona
    d-Washington9-64-17-4Dallas
    p-Seattle10-52-37-4St. Louis
    Minnesota9-63-26-5Green Bay
    Chicago9-62-36-5at Detroit
    Dallas8-73-25-6at Washington
    NY Giants8-72-37-4Philadelphia

    x — clinched conference title; c — clinched division title; p — clinched playoff berth; d — division leader


    WHAT’S AT STAKE SUNDAY IN AFC

    HOUSTON: clinches No. 1 seed with win or Denver loss and New England loss; clinches first-round bye with Denver loss or New England loss.

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    DENVER: clinches No. 1 seed with win and Houston loss; clinches first-round bye with win or New England loss.

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    NEW ENGLAND: clinches No. 1 seed with win and Denver loss and Houston loss; clinches first-round bye with win and loss by Houston or Denver.

    WHAT’S AT STAKE SUNDAY IN NFC

    GREEN BAY: clinches first-round bye with win or losses by San Francisco and Seattle.

    SAN FRANCISCO: clinches NFC West with win or tie and Seattle loss or tie; clinches first-round bye with win and Green Bay loss.

    WASHINGTON: clinches NFC East with win or tie; clinches playoff berth with losses by Minnesota and Chicago.

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    SEATTLE: clinches NFC West with win and San Francisco loss; clinches first-round bye with win and losses by San Francisco and Green Bay.

    MINNESOTA: clinches playoff berth with win or losses by Chicago, Dallas, and NY Giants.

    CHICAGO: clinches playoff berth with win and Minnesota loss.

    DALLAS: clinches NFC East with win.

    NY GIANTS: clinch playoff berth with win and losses by Dallas, Minnesota, and Chicago.