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NFL Playoff Picture: Raiders And 49ers Eliminated, Seahawks And Rams Fight For NFC West

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The Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers are done with playoff contention. Mike Singletary was axed after the Niners disappointing season finally breathed its last gasp in St. Louis; they're now two games out with one to play and have no chance to finish the season first in the horrid NFC West. Over in the AFC, the Raiders were eliminated after the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Tennessee Titans and took a two game lead with one to play over Oakland, thus ensuring there would be no division title for them. Oakland also has no shot at a wild-card berth; they're too far behind the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets.

But there is still some intrigue left in the Western divisions. Next week's matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams will determine the NFC West champion, and has been flexed into the Sunday night slot. The Raiders cannot play spoiler to Kansas City next week, as the Chiefs clinched the division when San Diego lost to Cincinnati, eliminating the Chargers from the playoff race. It'll be a meaningless affair there, as will San Francisco-Arizona.


Check out the current playoff picture after the jump, courtesy of an NFL press release.

2010 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 17

AFC

CLINCHED: New England - AFC East and homefield advantage

Kansas City - AFC West

Baltimore - playoff spot

NY Jets - playoff spot

Pittsburgh - playoff spot

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Pittsburgh clinches AFC North and a first-round bye with:

1) PIT win OR

2) PIT tie + BAL loss or tie OR

3) BAL loss

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Baltimore clinches AFC North and a first-round bye with:

1) BAL win + PIT loss or tie OR

2) BAL tie + PIT loss

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Indianapolis clinches AFC South with:

1) IND win or tie OR

2) JAX loss or tie

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Jacksonville clinches AFC South with:

1) JAX win + IND loss

NFC

CLINCHED: Chicago – NFC North

Philadelphia - NFC East

Atlanta – playoff spot

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Philadelphia has clinched the NFC East and still has a chance to earn a first-round bye and homefield advantage next week as of today.

CHICAGO BEARS

Chicago has clinched the NFC North and still has a chance to earn a first-round bye and homefield advantage next week as of today.

ATLANTA FALCONS

Atlanta clinches the NFC South and homefield advantage with a win or tie against New Orleans tonight. If Atlanta loses tonight, it still has a chance to win the NFC South, a first-round bye and homefield advantage next week.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

New Orleans clinches a playoff spot with a win or tie against Atlanta tonight and still has a chance to win the NFC South, a first-round bye and homefield advantage next week.

If New Orleans loses tonight, it can still clinch a playoff spot next week with:

1) NO win or tie OR

2) NYG loss or tie + GB loss or tie

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Green Bay clinches a playoff spot with:

1) GB win OR

2) GB tie + NYG loss or tie + TB loss or tie OR

3) NYG loss + TB loss

NEW YORK GIANTS

New York Giants clinch a playoff spot with:

1) NYG win + GB loss or tie OR

2) NYG win + NO loses twice OR

3) NYG tie + GB loss + TB loss or tie

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Tampa Bay clinches a playoff spot with:

1) TB win + NO loss to ATL + NYG loss or tie OR

2) TB win + NO loss to ATL + GB loss or tie OR

3) TB win + NYG loss or tie + GB loss or tie OR

4) TB tie + NYG loss + GB loss

ST. LOUIS RAMS

St. Louis clinches NFC West with:

1) STL win or tie

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Seattle clinches NFC West with:

1) SEA win