The playoff outlook in the National Football League after Saturday's games.
American Football ConferenceOne post-season berth and two division championships will be decided Sunday.
Buffalo (11-4) has clinched a wild-card spot and will win the division with a victory over Houston or a loss by Miami to the New England Patriots. A win would also give the Bills the home-field edge in the AFC. Miami (10-5) has clinched a wild-card spot. The Dolphins would win the division if it beats the Patriots and Buffalo loses to Houston. If Miami wins the division and Pittsburgh loses, Miami would have the home-field advantage.
Pittsburgh (10-5) is the division champion and will earn the home-field advantage through the playoffs with a victory over Cleveland and a loss by Buffalo. If the Steelers lose, however, and San Diego wins, Pittsburgh would wind up having to play in the first round of the playoffs. Houston (9-6) has earned a wild-card spot.
San Diego (10-5) has the division lead and will win the division if it beats Seattle or if Kansas City loses to Denver. Even with an 11-5 record, the Chargers could not earn the home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. But with a win over Seattle and a loss by Pittsburgh to Cleveland, San Diego would gain the second best record among the division champions and would earn a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The winner of the game between Kansas City (9-6) and Denver (8-7) will go to the playoffs. The loser is out. Kansas City can still win the division if it beats Denver and San Diego loses to Seattle.
National Football Conference
One post-season spot is left to be decided with either Washington or Green Bay getting it.
Dallas (12-3) won its first division title in seven years Monday night and will have a bye in the first round of the playoffs. Philadelphia (10-5) will be a wild card team, but will have to travel for a first-round game. A Philadelphia loss and a Green Bay will send the Eagles to Minnesota. Otherwise, the Eagles will play their first-round game at New Orleans. Washington (9-7) lost to the Los Angeles Raiders Saturday and left its playoff fate in the hands of Green Bay. If Green Bay loses to Minnesota Sunday, Washington is in. If Green Bay beats Minnesota, Washington is out.
Minnesota (10-5) is the division champion and will be seeded third among the three NFC division winners. The Vikings will host the wild card team with the worst record in the first round of the playoffs. Green Bay (9-6) will make the playoffs as a wild card team if it beats the Vikings. If the Packers win while Philadelphia loses, Green Bay will play at New Orleans in the first round. If both Green Bay and Philadelphia win, the Packers' first-round game would be at Minnesota.
San Francisco (13-2) is the division champion and will have the home-field advantage through the playoffs. New Orleans (12-4) ended its season with a win over the New York Jets and clinched the home-field edge in the first round. The Saints, who will be trying to win their first playoff game ever, will host either Philadelphia or Green Bay.