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Packers name playoff captains...before making playoffs
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Packers name playoff captains...before making playoffs
Sunday December 21st, 2014

Thanks to Washington's upset of Philadelphia, the Detroit Lions became the fifth team to punch its playoff ticket.

The Lions and Packers continue to jockey for position atop both the NFC North and the conference as a whole, and it appears the battle will drift into Week 17. Eleven of the 12 playoff spots could be clinched by the end of the week, though, potentially leaving just one AFC wild-card spot unclaimed.

What's at stake in Week 16? The latest NFL playoff scenarios:

NFC

Arizona Cardinals (11-3)

Clinch NFC West and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs:

• Win over Seattle

Detroit Lions (10-4)

Clinch the NFC North:

• Win plus a Green Bay loss

Clinch a first-round bye:

• Win plus losses by Green Bay and Dallas

Dallas Cowboys (10-4)

Clinch a playoff berth:

• Win plus a Green Bay loss or tie and Detroit loss or tie

Clinch the NFC East:

• Win or tie

Seattle Seahawks (10-4)

Clinch a playoff berth:

• Win or tie

Green Bay Packers (10-4)

Clinch a playoff berth:

• Win or tie

New Orleans Saints (6-8)

Clinch the NFC South:

• Win plus a Carolina loss

AFC

New England Patriots (11-3)

Clinch a first-round bye:

• Win
• Tie plus an Indianapolis loss or tie
• IND loss plus a CIN loss or tie; or BAL loss or tie and PIT loss or tie

Clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs:

• Win plus a Denver loss

Denver Broncos (11-3)

Clinch a first-round bye:

• Win
• Tie plus an Indianapolis loss or tie

Cincinnati Bengals (9-4-1)

Clinch a playoff spot:

• Win
• Tie plus a Baltimore loss

Clinch the AFC North:

• Win plus a BAL loss or tie and PIT loss or tie

Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5)

Clinch a playoff spot:

• Win

Baltimore Ravens (9-5)

Clinch a playoff spot:

• Win plus losses by PIT and CIN

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