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Week 17 AFC playoff picture

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6:17 p.m. Looks like the seeding is in place with Denver up big and New England leading.  If it holds here are the seeds:

1. Denver
2. New England
3. Cincinnati
4. Indianapolis
5. Kansas City
6. San Diego/Pittsburgh

Also worth nothing Kansas City-San Diego headed to overtime.

5:23 p.m. Denver is comfortably ahead and that means the Broncos will be the #1 seed.  Kansas City is putting up a stronger fight than most expected with the starters getting a rest.  This is good news for Pittsburgh.

3:07 p.m. That's it for Baltimore.  Cincinnati can clinch a first round bye with a New England loss.  As for the #6 seed if San Diego wins the Chargers are in, if they lose the Steelers are in.

3:03 p.m. Miami has lost to New York.  It's looking like the final wild card spot will come down to either Pittsburgh or San Diego.

Update 2:58 p.m. The post-Festivus miracle continues for Pittsburgh with the 20-7 win over Cleveland and Baltimore and Miami losing.

In Need of a Festivus Miracle

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8) Everything went right for the Steelers last week.  Now they need a win and losses to Baltimore, Miami and San Diego to reach the playoffs.

San Diego Chargers (8-7) The Chargers won't win any tiebreakers so they need a win and losses to Baltimore and Miami.

In Need of Help

Baltimore Ravens (8-7) It's amazing that none if the wild card hopefuls are in the "win and you're in" position.  They all need help.  In Baltimore's case they need a win and either a Miami loss or a San Diego loss.  Baltimore also clinches the wild card with a loss if Pittsburgh, Miami and San Diego all lose as well.  The Ravens hold the tiebreaker over Miami and San Diego but lose the three way tiebreaker.

Miami Dolphins (8-7) The Dolphins need a win and either a Baltimore loss or a San Diego win.  Miami holds the tiebreaker over San Diego and they win the three way tiebreaker but they lose the head-to-head tiebreaker with Baltimore.

Already In

Kansas City Chiefs (11-4) Kansas City has clinched a wild card berth and will be the #5 seed.

Division Leaders

Indianapolis Colts (10-5) Indianapolis gets the #2 seed and a first round bye with a win, a New England loss and a Cincinnati loss.

Cincinnati Bengals (10-5) Cincinnati clinches the #2 seed and a first round bye with a win and a New England loss.  If everything stays the same the Bengals will be the #3 seed thanks to the head-to-head win over the Colts.

New England Patriots (11-4) The Patriots wrap up the #2 seed with a win or losses to both Cincinnati and Indianapolis.  New England clinches home field advantage throughout with a win and a Denver loss.

Denver Broncos (12-3) Denver has clinched a first round bye.  The Broncos get home field advantage throughout with a win or a New England loss.

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