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3 Ways Vikings Can Make Playoffs This Week

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Another week of games, combined with the Vikings 38-17 win Sunday over the Bears, has further cleared Minnesota's path to the postseason.

The Vikings (9-5) host the New York Giants (6-8) Dec. 27 in their regular season home finale.

Minnesota clinches a playoff spot with:

1)      MIN win or tie OR

2)      ATL loss or tie OR

3)      SEA win or tie

Here's the picture for the rest of the NFC:

CLINCHED: Carolina – NFC South and a first-round bye

                        Arizona – NFC West

                        Green Bay – playoff berth

                        Seattle – playoff berth

CAROLINA PANTHERS (at Atlanta, Sunday)

Carolina clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

1)      CAR win or tie OR

2)      ARI loss or tie

ARIZONA CARDINALS (vs. Green Bay, Sunday)

Arizona clinches a first-round bye with:

1)      ARI win or tie

GREEN BAY PACKERS (at Arizona, Sunday)

Green Bay clinches NFC North division with:

1)      GB win MIN loss or tie OR

2)      GB tie MIN loss

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (at Philadelphia, Saturday)

Washington clinches NFC East division with:

1)      WAS win OR

2)      WAS tie NYG loss

Following are the scenarios for the AFC:

CLINCHED: New England – AFC East and a first-round bye

                        Cincinnati – playoff berth

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (at New York Jets, Sunday)

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1)      NE win OR

2)      NE tie CIN loss or tie

CINCINNATI BENGALS (at Denver, Monday)

Cincinnati clinches AFC North division with:

1)      CIN win or tie OR

2)      PIT loss or tie

Cincinnati clinches a first-round bye with:

1)      CIN win or tie

DENVER BRONCOS (vs. Cincinnati, Monday)

Denver clinches AFC West division with:

1)      DEN win KC loss or tie OR

2)      DEN tie KC loss

Denver clinches a playoff spot with:

1)      DEN win NYJ loss or tie  OR

2)      DEN win PIT loss or tie OR

3)      DEN tie NYJ loss OR

4)      DEN tie PIT loss


HOUSTON TEXANS (at Tennessee, Sunday)

Houston clinches AFC South division with:

1)      HOU win HOU clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over IND OR

2)      HOU win IND loss or tie OR

3)      HOU tie IND loss

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (vs. Cleveland, Sunday)

Kansas City clinches a playoff spot with:

1)      KC win NYJ loss OR

2)      KC win PIT loss


PITTSBURGH STEELERS (at Baltimore, Sunday)

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff spot with:

1)      PIT win NYJ loss

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