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Updated 2010 NFL Playoff Scenarios - Week 17

After last night's thrilling game between New Orleans and Atlanta, the Saints, by virtue of their 17-14 win over the Falcons punched their ticket to the playoffs. That leaves three spots up for grabs - 1 in the AFC, 2 in the NFC.

Here are the latest and greatest scenarios -

AFC

CLINCHED: New England - AFC East and homefield advantage

Kansas City - AFC West

Baltimore - playoff spot

New York Jets - playoff spot

Pittsburgh - playoff spot

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Pittsburgh clinches AFC North and a first-round bye with:

1) PIT win OR

2) PIT tie + BAL loss or tie OR

3) BAL loss

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Baltimore clinches AFC North and a first-round bye with:

1) BAL win + PIT loss or tie OR

2) BAL tie + PIT loss

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Indianapolis clinches AFC South with:

1) IND win or tie OR

2) JAX loss or tie

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Jacksonville clinches AFC South with:

1) JAX win + IND loss

NFC

CLINCHED:

Chicago - NFC North

Philadelphia - NFC East

Atlanta - playoff spot

New Orleans - playoff spot

ATLANTA FALCONS

Atlanta clinches NFC South with:

1) ATL win or tie OR

2) NO loss or tie

Atlanta clinches a first-round bye with:

1) NO loss or tie + CHI loss or tie OR

2) NO loss or tie + one PHI loss or tie

Atlanta clinches homefield advantage with:

1) ATL win or tie OR

2) NO loss or tie + CHI loss or tie + one PHI loss or tie OR

3) NO loss or tie + CHI win + two PHI wins + ATL clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over PHI

CHICAGO BEARS

Chicago clinches a first-round bye with:

1) one PHI loss OR

2) CHI win OR

3) CHI tie + one PHI tie

Chicago clinches homefield advantage with:

1) CHI win + ATL loss + NO loss or tie + one PHI loss or tie

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Philadelphia clinches a first-round bye with:

1) PHI wins twice + CHI loss or tie

Philadelphia clinches homefield advantage with:

1) PHI wins twice + CHI loss or tie + ATL loss + NO loss or tie OR

2) PHI wins twice + ATL loss + NO loss or tie + PHI clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over ATL

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

New Orleans clinches NFC South and homefield advantage with:

1) NO win + ATL loss

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Green Bay clinches a playoff spot with:

1) GB win OR

2) GB tie + NYG loss or tie + TB loss or tie OR

3) NYG loss + TB loss

NEW YORK GIANTS

New York Giants clinch a playoff spot with:

1) NYG win + GB loss or tie OR

2) NYG tie + GB loss + TB loss or tie

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Tampa Bay clinches a playoff spot with:

1) TB win + NYG loss or tie + GB loss or tie OR

2) TB tie + NYG loss + GB loss

ST. LOUIS RAMS

St. Louis clinches NFC West with:

1) STL win or tie

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Seattle clinches NFC West with:

1) SEA win

The teams that control their own destiny this week - The Indianapolis Colts, the Green Bay Packers, the St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Seahawks. If those teams win, they are in. St. Louis and Seattle play each other this Sunday in Seattle.

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