As the 2010 regular season comes to a close, the playoff picture comes into focus. With two weeks to go, only two teams from the AFC have clinched a playoff spot, New England and Pittsburgh. Buffalo, Cincinnati, Denver, Cleveland, Houston, and Miami have been mathematically eliminated. Here is a look from a week 16 perspective.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – The Pats clinch the AFC East division and homefield advantage with either a NE win / tie‚Ä® or a NYJ loss / tie.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS – The Steelers clinch the AFC North division and a first-round bye with a Baltimore loss after beating the Panthers on Thursday night.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – The Chiefs clinch the AFC West division with a KC win + SD loss / tie‚Ä®or a KC tie + SD loss.
NEW YORK JETS ‚Äď The Jets clinch a playoff spot by either a win / tie‚Ä®or JAC loss / tie ‚Ä®3) or Indy loss or tie.
BALTIMORE RAVENS – The Ravens clinch a playoff spot in a number of ways. The easiest of course, is winning their match-up against Cleveland. The other possibilities: 1) BAL win or tie‚Ä®2) KC loss + JAC loss or tie‚Ä®3) KC loss + IND loss or tie‚Ä®4) SD loss or tie + JAC loss or tie‚Ä®5) SD loss or tie + IND loss or tie.
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