When the New England Patriots host the Green Bay Packers Sunday night, the playoff-bound Pats will not only be trying to improve to 12-2 on the season with their sixth straight win, but they'll also be looking to clinch the AFC East and a first-round bye in the playoffs, something they can do with a win coupled with a New York Jets loss.â†µ
New England clinches AFC East division and a first-round bye:â†µ
1) NE win + NYJ loss or tieâ†µ
2) NE tie + NYJ lossâ†µ
The Jets are at the 10-3 Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday afternoon; the Steelers clinch a playoff spot with a win or tie, and wins the AFC North with a win and a Ravens loss. The Jacksonville Jaguars can clinch the AFC South with a win, while the Jets can secure a playoff spot in a wide variety of ways, the easiest being a win along with a Dolphins loss, a Colts loss or tie and a Chiefs loss.â†µ
In the NFC, where no one has clinched anything yet, the Atlanta Falcons (the NFL's other 11-win team), can wrap up a playoff spot with a win or tie (along with a few other possibilities). Additionally, the Chicago Bears will win the NFC North division with a win over the Vikings Monday night coupled with a Packers loss.