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Catching Up With The NFL Playoffs: Week 16

Not sure how your favorite team is looking in the NFL playoff picture? We take a look at who can clinch this week, who needs to win and how.

With two weeks left in the NFL's regular season, the playoff picture remains about as easy to understand as The Davinchi Code. Luckily, week 15 took out some of the variables as Houston and Green Bay captured division titles while Baltimore and San Francisco assured themselves playoff spots.

That being said, we are still left with 19 teams jockeying for a chance to be the next Super Bowl champions. Below is a look at what's at stake for the majority of those teams heading into another pivotal weekend of games.

Week 16 Playoff Picture Scenarios (as compiled by CBSsports.com)

AFC
HOUSTON TEXANS (12-2) vs. Minnesota Vikings

Houston can clinch a first-round bye with:

1) HOU win or tie OR

2) NE loss or tie OR

3) DEN loss

Houston can clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with:

1) HOU win OR

2) HOU tie + DEN loss or tie OR

3) NE loss or tie + DEN loss

 

DENVER BRONCOS (11-3) vs. Cleveland Browns

Denver can clinch a first-round bye with:

1) DEN win + NE loss or tie OR

2) DEN tie + NE loss

 

BALTIMORE RAVENS (9-5) vs. New York Giants

Baltimore can clinch the AFC North division with:

1) BAL win OR

2) BAL tie + CIN loss or tie

 

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (9-5) at Kansas City Chiefs

Indianapolis can clinch a playoff berth with:

1) IND win or tie OR

2) IND clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over CIN OR

3) PIT loss or tie


CINCINNATI BENGALS (8-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers

Cincinnati can clinch a playoff berth with:

1) CIN win

 

NFC
ATLANTA FALCONS (12-2) at Detroit Lions

Atlanta can clinch a first-round bye with:

1) ATL win or tie OR

2) GB loss or tie OR

3) SF loss

Atlanta can clinch home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

1) ATL win OR

2) ATL tie + SF loss or tie OR

3) GB loss or tie + SF loss

 

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (10-3) at Seattle Seahawks

San Francisco can clinch the NFC West division with:

1) SF win or tie OR

San Francisco can clinch a first-round bye with:

1) SF win + GB loss or tie OR

2) SF tie + GB loss

 

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (8-6) at Philadelphia Eagles

Washington can clinch a playoff berth with:

1) WAS win + NYG loss + CHI loss + MIN loss

 

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-5) vs. San Francisco 49ers

Seattle can clinch a playoff berth with:

1) SEA win OR

2) SEA tie + NYG loss + CHI loss or tie OR

3) SEA tie + NYG loss + MIN loss or tie OR

4) SEA tie + CHI loss or tie + MIN loss or tie OR

5) SEA tie + DAL loss + WAS loss + CHI loss or tie OR

6) SEA tie + DAL loss + WAS loss + MIN loss or tie OR

7) CHI loss + MIN loss + WAS loss OR

8) CHI loss + MIN loss + DAL loss or tie + WAS tie

 

NEW YORK GIANTS (8-6) at Baltimore Ravens

NY Giants can clinch a playoff berth with:

1) NYG win + CHI loss + MIN loss + DAL loss + WAS loss or tie OR

2) NYG win + CHI loss + MIN loss + WAS loss + DAL tie

 

James LeBeau is a sports contributor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.

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