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NFL playoff picture

Breakdown of playoff ramifications which impact the handicapping focus and motivational angles for betting Week 17 NFL matches.

Data courtesy of Yahoo! Sports.

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AFC Playoff Picture
1. New England Patriots (12-3)
Clinched a first-round bye with a win. Would clinch the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage through the playoffs with a win or both a Ravens loss and Steelers loss.
Next: vs. BUF (Sun., 1 ET)

2. Baltimore Ravens (11-4)
Would clinch the North and a first-round bye with a win or a Steelers loss due to a head-to-head sweep. Would clinch the No. 1 seed with a win and Patriots loss due to better strength of victory (80-85 vs. 77-103).
Next: at CIN (Sun., 4:15 ET)

3. Houston Texans (10-5)
Have clinched the South and No. 3 seed. Will play host to the No. 6 seed on Jan. 7 or 8. Would lose a tiebreaker for the No. 2 seed due to a head-to-head loss.
Next: vs. TEN (Sun., 1 p.m. ET)

4. Denver Broncos (8-7)
Lead the Raiders for the No. 4 seed due to a better record in common games (7-6 vs. 6-7). Would clinch the West and No. 4 seed with a win or a Raiders loss.
Next: vs. KC (Sun., 4:15 ET)

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-4)
Will be the No. 1, 2 or 5 seed. Would clinch the North and a first-round bye with a win and a Ravens loss. Would move up to No. 1 with a win and a Ravens loss and a Patriots loss.
Next: at CLE (Sun., 4:15 ET)

6. Cincinnati Bengals (9-6)
Would clinch the No. 6 seed with a win or both a Jets loss and either a Raiders loss or Broncos loss. Win the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Titans but lose all other ties due to a worse conference record (7-5 vs. 6-6).
Next: vs. BAL (Sun., 4:15 ET)

7. Oakland Raiders (8-7)
Lead the Titans and Jets for the No. 7 seed due to strength of victory (53-66 vs. 45-75 and 47-73, respectively). Would clinch the West and No. 4 seed with a win and a Broncos loss. Would clinch the No. 6 seed with a win and a Bengals loss and either/both a Titans loss and/or Jets win.
Next: vs. SD (Sun., 4:15 ET)

8. Tennessee Titans (8-7)
Lead the Jets for the No. 8 seed due to a better record in common games (4-1 vs. 3-2). Hold the same tiebreaker edge vs. the Raiders but lose a head-to-head tie with the Bengals. Would clinch the No. 6 seed with a win and a Bengals loss and either a Jets win or both a Broncos win and Raiders win (but not all three).
Next: at HOU (Sun., 1 ET)

9. New York Jets (8-7)
Would clinch the No. 6 seed with a win and a Bengals loss and Titans loss and either/both a Raiders loss and/or Broncos loss due to conference record (7-5 vs. the Bengals’ 6-6).
Next: at MIA (Sun., 1 ET)

NFC Playoff Picture
1. Green Bay Packers (14-1)
Clinched the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage through the playoffs with a win.
Next: vs. DET (Sun., 1 ET)

2. San Francisco 49ers (12-3)
Have clinched the West. Would clinch the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye with a win or Saints loss due to conference record (10-2/9-3 vs. 9-3/8-4).
Next: at STL (Sun., 1 ET)

3. New Orleans Saints (12-3)
Clinched the South and at worst the No. 3 seed with a win. Would clinch a first-round bye with a win and a 49ers loss.
Next: vs. CAR (Sun., 1 ET)

4. New York Giants (8-7)
Lead the Cowboys for the No. 4 seed due to a head-to-head win. Would clinch the East and No. 4 seed with a win or tie.
Next: vs. DAL (Sun., 8:30 ET)

5. Detroit Lions (10-5)
Clinched a playoff berth with a win. Would clinch the No. 5 seed with a win or Falcons loss but lose the tiebreaker due to a head-to-head loss.
Next: at GB (Sun., 1 ET)

6. Atlanta Falcons (9-6)
Clinched a playoff berth with the Bears’ loss. Would clinch the No. 5 seed with a win and Lions loss.
Next: vs. TB (Sun., 4:15 ET)

7. Dallas Cowboys (8-7)
Would clinch the East and No. 4 seed with a win. Eliminated with a loss or tie.
Next: at NYG (Sun., 8:30 ET)

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