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Four more teams can clinch playoff berths this weekend

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On Sunday, the Packers and 49ers punched their tickets to the 2011 playoffs.  This week, another four teams could join the playoff party.

In the NFC, the Saints win the NFC South with a victory over the Titans and a loss by the Falcons, who face the Panthers in Carolina.

In the AFC, the team that currently holds the inside track toward the No. 1 seed is the only 9-3 team that can’t nail down a playoff berth.  The Ravens have the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Texans (whom the Ravens beat), Steelers (whom the Ravens swept), and Patriots (via their record in common games).  But it’s the Texans and the Steelers and the Pats who can lock up playoff berths in Week 14.

The Pats win the AFC East with a win over Redskins and a loss by the Jets to the Chiefs.  The Texans win the AFC South if they beat the Bengals in Cincinnati, and if the Titans lose to the Saints in Nashville.  Finally,the Steelers get in with a win and:  (1) a Bengals loss, Jets loss, and Titans loss; or (2) a Bengals loss, Jets loss, Broncos loss, and Raiders loss; or (3) a Bengals loss, Titans loss, Broncos loss, and Raiders loss.

Also, the Packers clinch a first-round bye with a win over the Raiders at Lambeau Field.

There are other ways that the Packers can do it, but let’s just assume they’ll get a win over the Raiders at Lambeau Field.

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43 Responses to “Four more teams can clinch playoff berths this weekend”
  1. trbowman says: Dec 6, 2011 1:49 PM

    The Bills can clinch a spot on the couch in January with a loss this Sunday!

  2. gb4mn0 says: Dec 6, 2011 1:49 PM

    I guess the vikequeens must have clinched already. LMAO

  3. jimbobobjr says: Dec 6, 2011 1:51 PM

    After reading that there’s smoke coming out of my ears. I hope the NFL employees who have to figure the playoff scenarios out are paid REALLY WELL.

  4. shotgunformation5wide says: Dec 6, 2011 1:51 PM

    Where da haters at? LOL!!!

    Go STEELERS!!!

  5. ronin36 says: Dec 6, 2011 1:55 PM

    In the NFC I see three “pretty good” teams. Saints, Packers, 49ers.

    Then I see five “so-so” teams. Falcons, Bears, Cowboys, Lions, and Giants.

    Those five teams are fighting for three play-off spots.

    Amongst those five it’s not a matter of who plays the best.. It’s more a matter of who stumbles the least.

  6. hopshark says: Dec 6, 2011 1:58 PM

    And the Raven’s cant clinch why?

  7. graham wieja says: Dec 6, 2011 2:01 PM

    we can play what if all day..

  8. r8rsfan says: Dec 6, 2011 2:04 PM

    There are other ways that the Packers can do it, but let’s just assume they’ll get a win over the Raiders at Lambeau Field.

    Really went out on a limb with that one. Stick a fork in ‘em, they’re done. Does any team handle success any worse than Oakland? And I’m not talking about championships or meaningful success, just finally getting a winning record and being in first place in the division for a couple of weeks. To go into Miami so over-confident, unmotivated and under prepared is unbelievable. Like Gannon once said “you need to blow the whole thing up”.

  9. klunge says: Dec 6, 2011 2:09 PM

    I’m puzzled as to how the Ravens have the same record & own the tiebreakers against both the Texans & Patriots, yet those 2 are the top seeds and Ravens are 3rd. Furthermore they have the same record & own the tiebreaker against the Steelers and currently are division lead yet they can’t clinch this weekend while the Steelers can.

  10. kidpresentable says: Dec 6, 2011 2:18 PM

    “And the Raven’s cant clinch why?”

    Because of math.

  11. greg2geez says: Dec 6, 2011 2:24 PM

    Lesson #1 all failed lawyers never learn – whenever you assume you make an ass of yourself.

  12. KC Downey says: Dec 6, 2011 2:24 PM

    If the Bills win out and the Pats lose out (and the Jets finish 8-8 or worse), Buffalo wins the division at 9-7 due to the head-to-head tiebreaker over New England.

    It’s basically impossible though.

  13. havok82 says: Dec 6, 2011 2:38 PM

    Ravens can’t clinch because they play in a division with the Steelers and Bengals while the Texans and Pats would be up by 3 with 3 to play and the undeniable head to head tiebreaker versus the #2 team in their division. If Pittsburgh had a worse record (say 7-5), the Ravens would clinch this weekend, too.

  14. 2sloweggroll says: Dec 6, 2011 2:40 PM

    r8rsfan says:
    Dec 6, 2011 2:04 PM
    Really went out on a limb with that one. Stick a fork in ‘em, they’re done. Does any team handle success any worse than Oakland?

    ****************************************

    I didnt know that Warren Sapp read this blog and posted as a r8rsfan?

    Fans like you are pathetic, they just came off a 3 game win streak and losea road game to team that is making a habit of winning of late and you have one foot off the ledge.

    Really? after the last 10 years of Raiders football you want to complain about a team tied for first place. You need another hobby… trying being a Chargers fan. Jumping on and off the Bandwagon is accepted in their fanbase.

  15. vincentbojackson says: Dec 6, 2011 2:45 PM

    The Ravens can’t clinch because they lost to the Jags and Seahawks, two of the worst teams in the league.

    They also gave their head coach, not one, but two Gatorade showers after two regular season wins. Serious organizations don’t do this silly crap.

  16. shootahcowboy says: Dec 6, 2011 2:45 PM

    kidpresentable says:
    Dec 6, 2011 2:18 PM
    “And the Raven’s cant clinch why?”

    Because of math.

    ________________________

    Math is not usually a strong suit of Ravens fans…

  17. gforce90 says: Dec 6, 2011 2:46 PM

    Pittsburgh can clinch because they get all the calls during the games and now the league has fixed it for them to get in the playoffs. Pittsburgh sucks!

  18. mistersmith22 says: Dec 6, 2011 2:53 PM

    klunge: Ravens are first in the AFC West but could easily drop to 2nd if PIT wins more games. So if they got in they’d be a Wild Card. But HOU and NE get in, they’ve won their division, so they’d be automatically ranked in the top four in the conference.

    Remember last year? SEA was the 4th ranked NFC playoff team…even though they had a losing record. Division winners are necessarily ranked 1-4, with the Wild Card teams ranking 5 and 6 in each conference.

  19. Deb says: Dec 6, 2011 2:56 PM

    LOL … it’s that iffin’ time of year.

    So my Steelers clinch a playoff spot this week if they win and everyone else in the AFC loses? Got it!

  20. gbrussell says: Dec 6, 2011 2:56 PM

    “And the Raven’s cant clinch why?”

    Texans, and Patriots have 2 game leads plus tiebreaks over their divisions, so easier for them to clinch.

    Steelers are Ravens both have a harder time clinching as a result. Steelers can clinch but Ravens can’t yet because Steelers hold a tiebreak over the Bengals who are one of the teams in the running for a wildcard. The Ravens have only played the Bengals once so that tiebreak is still up in the air.

  21. edgarallan926 says: Dec 6, 2011 3:05 PM

    vincentbojackson says:
    Dec 6, 2011 2:45 PM
    The Ravens can’t clinch because they lost to the Jags and Seahawks, two of the worst teams in the league.

    They also gave their head coach, not one, but two Gatorade showers after two regular season wins. Serious organizations don’t do this silly crap.

    __________________________________

    Coming from a guy with a Raiders/Chargers surname…hmmm, makes sense. I really don’t even need to dive into details, I’m sure you all understand where I’d go with it anyways.

  22. bowens3181 says: Dec 6, 2011 3:06 PM

    The Ravens do not have the inside track to the #1 seed…
    Look on NFL.com, if both Pats and Ravens win out, then Pats finish at #1 in the AFC

  23. r8rsfan says: Dec 6, 2011 3:19 PM

    I didnt know that Warren Sapp read this blog and posted as a r8rsfan?

    And you were OK with that game sunday? They made Matt freakin Moore look like Aaron Rodgers.

  24. bozosforall says: Dec 6, 2011 3:24 PM

    hopshark says:
    Dec 6, 2011 1:58 PM
    And the Raven’s cant clinch why?

    __
    Because they actually play in a competitive division…unlike the Pats, whose only half-assed competition has been the Jets for most of the last decade.

  25. bozosforall says: Dec 6, 2011 3:26 PM

    Clinching will mean little once the Pats get to the playoffs…where they will promptly go one and done once again.

  26. saintsly says: Dec 6, 2011 3:36 PM

    Damn, How did I get here ????

  27. flabtreesports says: Dec 6, 2011 3:58 PM

    bowens3181 says:
    Dec 6, 2011 3:06 PM
    The Ravens do not have the inside track to the #1 seed…
    Look on NFL.com, if both Pats and Ravens win out, then Pats finish at #1 in the AFC
    ———————-
    I looked on NFL.com, and this is still false.

  28. touchdownroddywhite says: Dec 6, 2011 3:59 PM

    I don’t understand all the grief people are getting for asking how the Steelers can clinch, but the Ravens cant. They’re tied in record and per this article, the Ravens hold the tie breakers, so how do the Steelers clinch a playoff birth if they are not able to clinch the division this week by any combination of wins and losses? And why can’t the Ravens clinch with the same combination of losses that would allow the Steelers to clinch a playoff birth? Should explain these things…

  29. zackattack410 says: Dec 6, 2011 4:05 PM

    bowens3181 says: Dec 6, 2011 3:06 PM

    The Ravens do not have the inside track to the #1 seed…
    Look on NFL.com, if both Pats and Ravens win out, then Pats finish at #1 in the AFC
    ____________________

    Wrong. it’s not yet determined and couldn’t mathematically be until week 17. Too many variables. Nice try though.

  30. mrconnors says: Dec 6, 2011 4:06 PM

    Bozosforall, the AFC North (with the Bungles and Clowns) may be competitive against each other, but certainly not against New England. The Patriots own the Steelers and Ravens.

  31. 2sloweggroll says: Dec 6, 2011 4:08 PM

    r8rsfan says:
    Dec 6, 2011 3:19 PM
    I didnt know that Warren Sapp read this blog and posted as a r8rsfan?

    And you were OK with that game sunday? They made Matt freakin Moore look like Aaron Rodgers.

    *****************************************

    Nope, Sundays game blew chunks.

    But the fact that you would use the same stupid line ( the raiders cant handle succeess) that Warren Sapp has been spewing every time he open his dumb mouth is just really annoying. Especially after they have overcome so much adversity this season to still be tied for first.

    Again, the StD disChargers welcome that type mindset from their fan base. Maybe you should ask Santa for P Rivers Jeresy for xmas.

  32. theravenlives2 says: Dec 6, 2011 4:14 PM

    Only one thing matters: The Ravens have four games left: Indy (H), San Diego (A), Cleveland (H) and Cincinnati (A). If they win all four of those games they are not only in the playoffs, but the #1 seed.

    End of Discussion….

  33. 8man says: Dec 6, 2011 4:14 PM

    Eh, stopped trying to anticipate all of the permutations with a quarter of the season left a long time ago.

    We know who’s out, who’s in if they win enough and who needs help. Doubtful, that it will end in any manner prognosticated here.

    One thing I am sure of; there are 15 teams under .500. They are done.

  34. 2sloweggroll says: Dec 6, 2011 4:18 PM

    r8rsfan says:
    Dec 6, 2011 3:19 PM
    I didnt know that Warren Sapp read this blog and posted as a r8rsfan?

    And you were OK with that game sunday? They made Matt freakin Moore look like Aaron Rodgers.

    *******************************
    Matt Moore looked like Aaron Rodgers???
    13/25 for 162 yards and 1 td

    I can only hope ARod plays so well Sunday…. your comments actually make Sapp look smart. And he is a idiot!

  35. theravenlives2 says: Dec 6, 2011 4:23 PM

    The Ravens do not have the inside track to the #1 seed…
    Look on NFL.com, if both Pats and Ravens win out, then Pats finish at #1 in the AFC

    ===============================
    Wrong! Ravens would have a better record against common opponents. Look it up….

  36. r8rsfan says: Dec 6, 2011 4:34 PM

    I don’t listen to Sapp so the fact that he may have made similar comments are coincidental. I want to be 100% wrong, trust me. I live amongst Donk fans and have been getting lit UP for 2 days now. Since you’re so brilliant, what’s your comeback to them? That sure as he!! wasn’t a “bully” out there on sunday.

  37. steelerchicken says: Dec 6, 2011 5:22 PM

    @gforce90

    Why do you/people hate the Steelers? We are a fun loving bunch who support our team since there is nothing else to do around here in the winter.

    We have nothing in common with The Yankees who buy their championships, with Duke who recruit the best players every year and their fan base is a bit snobbish, Notre Dame who has its own television deal. The Heat since they signed the 3 clowns!

    The Steelers are just good because they have made sound decisions since they hired Chuck Noll back in the 70s. Before then they were not very good.

  38. rbrow018 says: Dec 6, 2011 5:28 PM

    Bozosforall, the AFC North (with the Bungles and Clowns) may be competitive against each other, but certainly not against New England. The Patriots own the Steelers and Ravens.

    ——————————————

    When’s the last time the Patriot’s were in the playoffs?

    I’m trying to remember but the only things I’m picking up are words and numbers like

    Rice, 159, yards, Brady, Three , interceptions

    I don’t remeber the final score tho, care to remind me

  39. edisbetterthantroy says: Dec 6, 2011 5:35 PM

    @ mrconnors:

    “The patriots own the steelers and ravens”

    ————————————————-

    Aren’t you forgetting when Ray Rice took the first play from scrimmage 80 yards for a TD in Foxboro a couple years ago? Which led to a dominating road playoff win?

    It’s the usual suspects: Pitt, Balt, NE. The only prediction that I will make is one of those three will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

  40. dirtdawg55 says: Dec 6, 2011 7:35 PM

    The Steelers clan clinch this weekend with a win and losses by the Bengals, Jets and Titans because they could finish no worse than 10 and 6 and those teams no better than 10 and 6. They would have the tiebreakers against each as a result of head to head or conference records.

    The Ravens can’t clinch, even with a win, because they lost to the Titans. If they end up with the same record as the Titans at 10 and 6 they would be out of the playoffs (because they lost head to head) – unless the Steelers lost out and finished at 10 and 6 as well. However, they wouldn’t clinch the playoff spot until a tie or better with the Steelers is guaranteed (or if they are guaranteed a better record than the Titans). That can’t happen this weekend no matter what happens.

    So, we have an oddity this weekend. The team that currently sits in the wild card spot can actually claim a playoff spot before the team that sits in first.

  41. jamson64 says: Dec 6, 2011 7:36 PM

    Steelerchicken: 6 rings and 3 trips to the SB in the past 6 years make a lot of people jealous.

  42. Deb says: Dec 6, 2011 9:23 PM

    mrconnors says:

    Bozosforall, the AFC North (with the Bungles and Clowns) may be competitive against each other, but certainly not against New England. The Patriots own the Steelers and Ravens.
    ————————————————-

    Apparently you weren’t watching the last time the Pats and Steelers met.

  43. gaygo223 says: Dec 7, 2011 12:44 AM

    you guys forgot to add the Cardinals in the wildcard race also.

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