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costanza2k1
12-10-2008, 10:24 PM
AFC North playoff scenarios

December 10, 2008 10:00 AM

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

BALTIMORE -- We just arrived in Maryland and will spend a lot of time this week with the hard-charging Baltimore Ravens.

But before we join John Harbaugh and Co., we've been getting a lot of e-mail asking about playoff implications for Sunday's game between the Ravens (9-4) and Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3).

So here is a breakdown of all the possibilities:

Pittsburgh Steelers

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

* PIT win.

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff spot with:

1. PIT tie + NE loss or tie OR
2. PIT tie + MIA loss or tie + NYJ loss or tie OR
3. NE loss + NYJ loss or tie OR
4. NE loss + MIA loss or tie OR
5. NYJ loss + MIA loss.

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore clinches a playoff spot with:

1. BAL win + NE loss + NYJ loss or tie OR
2. BAL win + NE loss + MIA loss or tie OR
3. BAL win + MIA loss + NYJ loss + IND loss or tie OR
4. BAL win + MIA loss + NYJ loss + IND clinches strength of victory

* Tiebreaker over MIA.