2009 NFL Playoff Picture

While it is true that the NFL regular season ends in a couple weeks, it would be interesting to know how the seedings would look if the season ended today. For those of you who have that curiousity knawing at you, here is the current NFL playoff picture:

AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

1. Indianapolis Colts (14-0) – Clinched top seed in AFC with Week 14 win over Denver.

2. San Diego Chargers (11-3) – Would clinch No. 2 seed and first-round playoff bye with win or tie at Tennessee or New England loss or tie.

3. New England Patriots (9-5) – Have a two-game lead over Miami and the Jets in the AFC East but have not clinched AFC East because Miami swept New York (New England split with both Miami and New York).

4. Cincinnati Bengals (9-5) – Lead AFC North by a game and own tiebreaker over Baltimore based on head-to-head sweep. Currently trail tiebreaker with Patriots based on worse strength of victory (Patriots have beaten teams with combined 54-72 record; Bengals have beaten teams that are a combined 52-74).

5. Baltimore Ravens (8-6) – Currently No. 5 seed because of head-to-head victory over Denver.

6. Denver Broncos (8-6) – Have a one-game lead over Jacksonville, Miami, the Jets, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Houston for the No. 6 seed.

NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

1. New Orleans Saints (13-1) – Have clinched a first-round playoff bye. Lose tiebreaker with Minnesota for top seed based on conference record (10-2 to 9-3).

2. Minnesota Vikings (11-3) – Clinched NFC North with Green Bay loss. Lose tiebreaker with Philadelphia for No. 2 seed based on conference record (10-2 or 9-3 to 9-3 or 8-4).

3. Philadelphia Eagles (10-4) – Clinched playoff spot with win over San Francisco. Lose tiebreaker with Dallas for NFC East title based on head-to-head defeat.

4. Arizona Cardinals (9-5) – Clinched NFC West with win and San Francisco loss.

5. Green Bay Packers (9-5) – Currently No. 5 seed based on head-to-head win over Dallas.

6. Dallas Cowboys (9-5) – Have a one-game lead over the Giants for the final wild-card spot, but New York wins tiebreaker because of head-to-head sweep. Can clinch NFC East with two wins.


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