Week 16 Playoff Update
The playoff picture becomes a little less fuzzy though the remaining two games go a long way toward determining playoff positioning in the NFC.
It's simple for the Packers: win and you're in. I am not aware of any scenario in which the Packers would win next week but not make the playoffs. The Packers have the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Giants, the strength of victory tiebreaker over the Buccaneers and strength of victory if there were to be a three of four way tie between the Giants, Buccaneers and Saints.
Tampa Bay stays alive with an impressive 38-15 win over Seattle but to get to the playoffs Tampa Bay will need to beat New Orleans next week and New York and Green Bay must lose.
With the Giants losing Philadelphia has clinched the NFC East divisional title.
Going back to Seattle, the Rams are now in control of the NFC West. The Rams-Seahawks game in Seattle next week is winner-take-all.
Ladies and gentlemen the 2010 AFC West champions: the Kansas City Chiefs. With San Diego losing to Cincinnati the Chiefs have clinched the division and will face either the Ravens or the Jets during Wild Card weekend.
Not surprising, Indianapolis is firmly in control in the AFC South. An Indianapolis win or a Jacksonville loss next week gives the division title to the Colts.
Despite losing 38-34 to the Bears the Jets clinch a playoff spot courtesy of Washington's 20-17 overtime victory over Jacksonville. The Jaguars meanwhile sit 1/2 game behind Indianapolis and can only qualify for the playoffs by winning the AFC South.
Baltimore also clinched a playoff spot by beating Cleveland 20-10. So four AFC teams have wrapped up a playoff spot: New England, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and New York.
The Patriots have won the AFC East and will be the #1 seed in the AFC. However Pittsburgh has not clinched the AFC North yet. Pittsburgh need either a win or a Baltimore loss in Week 17 to win the division.
Chicago is in the driver's seat to earn a first round bye. With losses to the Eagles and Giants this week the Bears will be at least the #2 seed in the NFC.
St. Louis holds a 1/2 game lead in the NFC West after the 25-17 win over San Francisco. Now if the Rams beats Seattle next week St. Louis will win the division with an 8-8 record.