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2002 NFL Playoff Scenarios

AFC EAST

Miami can clinch the division with:

1) MIA win or tie.

Miami can clinch a first-round bye with:

1) MIA win PIT loss or tie OAK loss, OR
2) MIA win PIT loss or tie TEN loss.

Miami can clinch a playoff berth with:

1) NYJ loss or tie DEN win, OR
2) NYJ loss or tie KC loss or tie, OR
3) NYJ loss or tie IND loss.

New England can clinch the division with:

1) NE win NYJ loss or tie.

New England can clinch a playoff berth with:

1) NE win CLE loss or tie DEN loss or tie KC win, OR
2) NE win CLE loss or tie DEN loss or tie SD loss or tie, OR
3) NE tie NYJ loss CLE loss DEN loss SD loss KC loss or tie.

New York Jets can clinch the division with:

1) NYJ win MIA loss.

New York Jets can clinch a playoff spot with:

1) NYJ win CLE loss or tie DEN win, OR
2) NYJ win CLE loss or tie KC loss or tie, OR
3) NYJ tie NE loss or tie CLE loss DEN loss or tie KC loss SD loss or tie.

AFC NORTH

Pittsburgh has clinched the division. The Steelers can clinch homefield advantage throughout the playoffs with:

1) PIT win TEN loss OAK loss.

Pittsburgh can clinch a first-round bye with:

1) PIT win TEN loss, OR
2) PIT win OAK loss.

Cleveland can clinch a playoff spot with:

1) CLE win DEN win NYJ win, OR
2) CLE win KC loss or tie NYJ win, OR
3) CLE win DEN win MIA win or tie, OR
4) CLE win KC loss or tie MIA win or tie, OR
5) CLE tie NYJ loss or tie NE loss or tie DEN loss or tie SD loss or tie KC loss, OR
6) NE loss NYJ loss BAL loss or tie DEN loss SD loss KC loss

Baltimore can clinch a playoff berth with:

1) BAL win NE loss NYJ loss CLE loss DEN loss SD loss KC loss.

AFC SOUTH

Tennessee has clinched the division. The Titans can clinch homefield advantage throughout the playoffs with:

1) TEN win OAK loss or tie, OR
2) TEN tie OAK loss, OR
3) PIT loss or tie MIA win OAK loss TEN wins on strength of victory tiebreaker over MIA and OAK.

NOTE: "Strength of victory" is the season-ending winning percentage of all the opponents a team has defeated.

Tennessee can clinch a first-round bye with:

1) TEN win or tie, OR
2) MIA loss PIT loss or tie, OR
3) OAK loss MIA win TEN wins strength of victory tiebreaker over MIA and OAK

Indianapolis can clinch a playoff spot with:

1) IND win or tie, OR
2) NE loss or tie, OR
3) NYJ win, OR
4) KC loss or tie, OR
5) DEN win.
Note: There are other scenarios in which Indianapolis can clinch a playoff berth
if it is determined that after this week's games they will own the strength of victory tiebreaker over the teams they are tied with.

AFC WEST

Oakland has clinched the division. The Raiders can clinch homefield advantage throughout the playoffs with:

1) OAK win, OR
2) OAK tie TEN loss or tie, OR
3) PIT loss or tie TEN loss MIA loss, OR
4) PIT loss or tie TEN loss OAK wins strength of victory tiebreaker over MIA and TEN.

Oakland can clinch a first-round bye with:

1) OAK tie, OR
2) MIA loss or tie PIT loss or tie, OR
3) MIA loss or tie TEN loss, OR
4) TEN loss OAK wins strength of victory tiebreaker over MIA and TEN.

Denver can clinch a playoff berth with:

1) DEN win CLE loss or tie NE loss or tie NYJ loss or tie, OR
2) DEN win CLE loss or tie MIA loss NYJ win, OR
3) DEN tie NE loss or tie NYJ loss CLE loss KC loss or tie SD loss or tie.

Kansas City can clinch a playoff berth with:

1) KC win DEN loss or tie NE loss or tie, OR
2) KC win DEN loss or tie NYJ loss or tie, OR
3) KC win DEN loss or tie CLE win, OR
4) KC tie NE loss NYJ loss or tie CLE loss or tie DEN loss SD loss.

San Diego can clinch a playoff berth with:

1) SD win DEN loss or tie KC loss or tie NE loss or tie NYJ loss or tie CLE loss or tie, OR
2) SD win DEN loss or tie KC loss or tie MIA loss NYJ win CLE loss or tie, OR
3) SD tie DEN loss KC loss NE loss NYJ loss CLE loss.

NFC EAST

Philadelphia has clinched the division and a first-round bye. The Eagles can clinch homefield advantage throughout the playoffs with:

1) PHI win, OR
2) PHI tie GB loss or tie, OR
3) GB loss.

New York Giants can clinch a playoff berth with:

1) NYG win, OR
2) NYG tie NO loss or tie, OR
3) NO loss.

NFC NORTH

Green Bay has clinched the division. The Packers can clinch homefield advantage throughout the playoffs with:

1) GB win PHI loss or tie, OR
2) GB tie PHI loss.

Green Bay can clinch a first-round bye with:

1) GB win or tie, OR
2) TB loss or tie.

NFC SOUTH

Tampa Bay has clinched the division. The Buccaneers can clinch a first-round bye with:

1) TB win GB loss.

Atlanta can clinch playoff berth with:

1) ATL win or tie, OR
2) NYG loss or tie, OR
3) NO loss or tie.

New Orleans can clinch a playoff berth with:

1) NO win NYG loss or tie, OR
2) NO win ATL loss, OR
3) NO tie NYG loss.

NFC WEST

San Francisco has clinched the division.


Arizona, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, Minnesota, St. Louis, Seattle and Washington have been eliminated from playoff contention.

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