On Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts became the first team to nail down a berth in the 2009 postseason, winning the AFC South a year after the Titans took the division. This weekend, two more teams can join them.
Per playoff scenarios announced by the league, the Saints will win the NFC South with a win or a tie against the Redskins, or a loss or a tie by the Falcons against the Eagles.
Also, the Vikings will win the NFC North with a win over the Cardinals on Sunday night, and a Packers loss to the Ravens on Monday night.
A win is enough to secure a spot in the playoff field for Minnesota. They also can get in with a tie, if the Giants loss and the Falcons lose or tie.
The Colts can lock up a first-round bye via a win over the Titans combined with: (1) a Denver loss or tie against the Chiefs; (2) a Patriots loss or tie against the Dolphins; and (3) a Bengals loss to the Lions.
But a first-round bye is not always a good thing. As pointed out in the Week 12 Morning Aftermath, AFC teams that secured bye weeks since 2005 are 3-5 in the divisional round.
The Colts have played in three of those games; in each one, the team that had a bye lost.