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Week 15 Playoff Update

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6:26 pm

The Jets-Steelers game has an impact on both the AFC East and AFC North.  Thanks to the 22-17 win, New York stays alive so the Patriots cannot clinch the division tonight.  Meanwhile with Baltimore beating New Orleans earlier in the day, the Steelers and Ravens are tied for the North lead however Pittsburgh holds the divisional record tiebreaker.


It's official: no one in the NFC West will have a winning record.  With St. Louis losing early in the day and Seattle losing late to Atlanta, the Rams and Seahawks are both 6-8 and obviously can only be .500 at best.


Oakland is still alive in the West however since Kansas City won today, the Raiders must win in Week 16 and Kansas City must lose to Tennessee. 


The Packers caught two huge breaks in the early games with Detroit's 23-20 overtime win over Tampa Bay and Philadelphia's come-from-behind thriller over the Giants.  As it stands now Philadelphia is almost guaranteed to win the NFC East as the Eagles hold the head-to-head over the Giants.


There are several scenarios out there for the Packers  Basically if it comes down to a three-way tie between the Packers, Giants and Buccaneers at 10-6 (assuming the Packers beat the Giants and Bears) the tiebreaker would be strength of victory.  The Packers currently have the best strength or record.  The same would hold true if it's just the Packers and Buccaneers tied for the final spot.


If you need to brush up on your tiebreaking procedures, click here.


The Giants loss also means Atlanta has clinched a playoff spot in the NFC.


With the 34-24 Indianapolis win over Jacksonville the Colts and Jaguars are tied at 8-6.  If both teams win out the division would go to Indianapolis based on common opponents.

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