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NFL Playoff Picture: Ranking Every Team on the Bubble
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Despite leading their divisions, Bears and Giants aren't guaranteed a playoff berth.

To rank every viable 2012 NFL playoffs bubble team, you have to include every team that still has a mathematical chance to get in.

That list also has to account for any division leader that hasn't already clinched a playoff berth, because teams have been known to fade down the stretch.

Coming into Week 13, any AFC team with four wins has the opportunity to run the table, which would bring its final record to 9-7. In theory, that might qualify for a playoff spot, but the chance of any of those teams winning all five games is highly unlikely.

Before we dismiss all the 4-7 teams: If any of them can go on a three-game winning streak, they will be at 7-7.

That was exactly the record that the New York Giants had in 2011 after Week 15 and we all know what they did from that point on.

Since the Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans have already clinched a playoff berth, they will not be part of the presentation. Neither team is on the bubble. Then we can strike the six teams that have less than four wins: Jacksonville, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Carolina, Oakland and Cleveland.

That leaves us with 24 teams for this ranking exercise.

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