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4 NFC groups clinch playoff spots on Sunday

The NFC playoff image is beginning to turn out to be increasingly clear. Inexperienced Bay was the primary to clinch a playoff spot when the Packers gained the NFC North on account of their win over the Ravens final week. On Sunday, 4 extra NFC groups have been in a position to ensure their seasons lengthen previous Week 18.

Tampa Bay clinched the NFC South for the primary time since 2007 with a 32-6 win over the Panthers. Whereas the NFC West doesn’t have a champion but, it clinched two playoff spots Sunday on account of the Rams’ 30-23 win over the Vikings. The Cardinals have had alternatives to clinch a playoff spot of their final three video games, however have been unable to do it themselves, dropping all three video games to the Rams, Lions and Colts. The Vikings’ loss ensures that the Cardinals will, at worst, end in a wild-card spot. Lastly, and most peculiarly, the Cowboys have been capable of clinch the NFC East on account of the AFC West contest between the Raiders and Broncos. Because of the Raiders’ victory over the Broncos, the Cowboys now maintain a strength-of-victory tiebreaker over the Eagles, securing at the very least one dwelling playoff sport in January.

This leaves two wild-card spots accessible within the NFC between six groups nonetheless in rivalry. The Lions (2-12-1), Giants (4-11), Seahawks (5-10), Bears (5-10), and Panthers (5-10) have already been eradicated from the playoffs. The groups nonetheless vying for these final two spots are the 49ers (8-7), Eagles (8-7), Saints (7-7, play Monday night time), Vikings (7-8), Falcons (7-8), and Soccer Staff (6-8, taking part in Sunday night time). The one division that hasn’t been determined is the NFC West, the place the playoff-bound Rams and Cardinals will compete for a house playoff sport.

The opposite convention in skilled soccer is far more huge open. Thus far, the one workforce to clinch a playoff spot is the Chiefs, who clinched the AFC West on Sunday with a convincing 36-10 win over the Steelers. Solely three groups have been eradicated from playoff rivalry: the Jaguars (2-13), the Texans (4-11), and the Jets (4-11).

The AFC East is at the moment a race between the Payments (9-6), Patriots (9-6) and Dolphins (7-7), who play Monday night time and want to lengthen their six-game win streak. If the Dolphins have been to lose, they might nonetheless be within the operating for a wild-card spot, however they might not be capable to win the AFC East, for the reason that Payments personal the head-to-head tiebreaker over them.

The AFC South is a little more cut-and-dry, coming all the way down to the Titans (10-5) and Colts (9-6). The Titans maintain the head-to-head tiebreaker over Indianapolis, so a single win of their remaining two video games (vs. Dolphins, @ Texans) would clinch the division. The Colts would wish Tennessee to lose each video games and win their remaining two (vs. Raiders, @ Jaguars) to win the division.

The AFC North remains to be fully up within the air. All 4 groups are nonetheless in rivalry to win the division. The Bengals (9-6) have swept the Ravens and Steelers, in order that they maintain the head-to-head tie breaker over each groups. As a consequence of their two-win distinction in file over the Browns, the Bengals can clinch the division with a single win of their remaining two video games (vs Chiefs, @ Browns). Even when the Bengals lose each remaining video games, they may clinch the North if one another workforce within the division splits its remaining two. Each different workforce within the division can win the North if the Bengals lose their remaining two video games they usually win their very own remaining two. The second-place Ravens (8-7) face the Rams (11-4) and Steelers, the third-place Steelers (7-7-1) face the Browns and Ravens, and the fourth-place Browns (7-8) end with the Steelers and Bengals.

Though the winner of the AFC West has already been decided, the remaining three groups are all nonetheless eligible to succeed in the postseason. The Chargers (8-7) and Raiders (8-7) probably management their very own destinies, however the Broncos (7-8) would wish some help to get in, even when they gained their two remaining video games.

With the second yr of expanded playoffs and the primary yr of an additional common season out-of-conference sport, the 2021 NFL season is about up for an thrilling end. As of the writing of this publish, solely two of the 34 remaining video games of the the 2021 common season may have no direct impact on the postseason. These two video games in Week 17 between the Giants-Bears and the Lions-Seahawks will affect solely strength-of-victory tiebreakers for groups nonetheless within the hunt. Moreover these, each remaining sport may have implications for playoff clinching or playoff seeding. Buckle up and keep tuned for a nail-biting conclusion to the common season.

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