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2013 NFL Playoff picture: Browns officially eliminated

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With their loss on Sunday, the Browns were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.

Jason Miller

The Cleveland Browns' 38-21 loss to Washington on Sunday dropped Cleveland to 5-9 on the season and officially eliminated the Browns from the AFC playoff picture.

The Browns are the only AFC North team not in the playoff race. At 9-5, Baltimore clinched the AFC North on Sunday while both the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers are in contention for a wild card spot. The 8-6 Bengals are currently holding the No. 6 seed and second wild card spot. At 7-7, the Steelers are one game behind the Bengals. The two teams will play in Pittsburgh this weekend.

While Cleveland was mathematically eliminated on Sunday, the Browns could still factor into the playoff race. The Browns play the Steelers in the final regular season game and depending on the results this weekend, Pittsburgh might be playing for a playoff berth. Cleveland beat the Steelers 20-14 in Week 12. The Browns will play the Broncos this week with Denver playing for the No. 1 seed and a possible first-round bye in the playoffs.

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