Playoff chances set heads spinning

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It's a great time of the year, if you're either a math major or an idiot savant. Take the AFC for example. They've played 15 weeks of the schedule over there in order to eliminate all of four teams: Buffalo, Oakland, Cleveland and Kansas City. That's it. Everybody else is still alive in the playoff chase, and at .500 or better.

Actually, I love when the NFL's wonderfully complicated playoff scenarios start hitting my email in-box. Sure, Donovan McNabb and the rest of us could do without the messy explanations of what happens if Denver and Philadelphia wind up tying (ties in the NFL? Who knew?), but eventually clarity always emerges from the morass. And then we have our playoffs, and crown our champion, and immediately begin counting down the days until the whole thing starts up again. Am I right?

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