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Nfl Playoffs At A Glance

December 17, 1985

A breakdown of all conceivable outcomes of all remaining games that will effect National Football League playoff berths, excluding ties:

AMERICAN CONFERENCE

CENTRAL DIVISION

Only the champion of the Central Division will qualify for the playoffs

IF CLEVELAND WINS

Cleveland wins the title with the best record.

IF CLEVELAND LOSES

--And Cincinnati and Pittsburgh win

Cincinnati wins the title with the best record in games against the other two teams.

--And Pittsburgh wins and Cincinnati loses

Cleveland wins the title with a better division record than Pittsburgh.

--And Cincinati wins and Pittsburgh loses

Cleveland wins the title with a better conference record than Cincinnati.

EASTERN DIVISION CHAMPION AND WILD CARD

--If New England, Miami, New York and Denver win next weekend

Miami wins the AFC East title with the best conference record; New York clinches a wild-card berth with the best conference record among remaining teams; New England clinches a wild-card with a better record against common opponents than Denver.

--If Miami, New York and Denver win and New England loses

Miami wins the AFC East title with the best record; New York and Denver clinch wild-cards with better records than New England.

--If New England and New York win and Miami and Denver lose

New York wins the AFC East title with the best conference record; Miami and New England clinch wild-cards with better records than Denver.

--If New York wins and New England, Miami and Denver lose

New York wins the AFC East title with the best record; Miami clinches a wild-card with a better record; New England clinches a wild-card with a better record against common opponents than Denver.

--If New England, Miami and New York win and Denver loses

Miami wins the AFC East title with the best record; New York and New England clinch wild-cards with better records than Denver.

--If Miami and New York win and New England and Denver lose

Miami wins the AFC East title with the best record; New York clinches a wild-card with the best record among remaining teams; New England clinches a wild-card with a better record against common opponents than Denver.

--If New England wins and Miami, New York and Denver lose

New England wins the AFC East title with the best division record; Miami clinches a wild-card with the best record among remaining teams; New York clinches a wild-card with a better conference record than Denver.

--If New England, Miami, New York and Denver lose

Miami wins the AFC East title with the best record; New York clinches a wild-card with the best conference record; New England clinches a wild-card with a better record against common opponents than Denver.

--If New England, Miami and Denver win and New York loses

Miami wins the AFC East title with the best record; New England and Denver clinch wild-cards with better records.

--If Miami and Denver win and New England and New York lose

Miami wins the AFC East title with the best record; Denver clinches a wild-card with the best record; New York clinches a wild-card with a better conference record than New England.

--If New England, New York and Denver win and Miami loses

New York wins the AFC East title with the best conference record; Miami and New England clinch wild-cards with the best average point differential in conference games.

--If New York and Denver win and New England and Miami lose

New York wins the AFC East title with the best division record; Denver and Miami clinch wild-cards with better records than New England.

--If New England and Denver win and Miami and New York lose

New England wins the AFC East title with the best division record; Denver and Miami clinch wild-cards with better records than New York.

--If Denver wins and New England, Miami and New York all lose

Miami wins the AFC East title with the best record; Denver clinches a wild-card with the best record among remaining teams; New York clinches a wild-card with a better conference record than Denver.

--If New England and Miami win and New York and Denver lose

Miami wins the AFC East title with the best record; New England clinches a wild-card with the best record among the remaining teams; New York clinches a wild-card with a better conference record than Denver.

--If Miami wins and New England, New York and Denver lose

Miami wins the AFC East title with the best record; New York clinches a wild-card with the best conference record among remaining teams; New England clinches a wild-card with a better record against common opponents than Denver.

NATIONAL CONFERENCE AND WILD CARD

(All Division championships have been clinched)

--If New York, San Francisco and Washington all win or all lose next weekend

New York and San Francisco clinch wild-cards with better conference records than Washington.

--If New York wins and Washington and San Francisco lose

New York clinches a wild-card with the best record; San Francisco clinches a wild-card by having beaten Washington in the regular season.

--If New York and Washington win and San Francisco loses

New York and Washington clinch wild-cards with better records than San Francisco.

--If New York and San Francisco win and Washington loses

New York and San Francisco clinch wild-cards with better records than Washington.

--If Washington and San Francisco win and New York loses

Washington and San Francisco clinch wild-cards with better records than New York.

--If San Francisco wins and New York and Washington lose

San Francisco clinches a wild-card with the best record; New York clinches a wild-card with a better conference record than Washington.

--If Washington wins and New York and San Francisco lose

Washington clinches a wild-card with the best record; New York clinches a wild-card with a better conference record than San Francisco.

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