If you don't want to whip out the calculators, charts and graphs to determine playoff scenarios, just read on because here are all the answers you need.
NFC Wild Card Contenders
Atlanta Falcons 8-5
Detroit Lions 8-5
Chicago Bears 7-6
New York Giants 6-6
NFC Wild Card No. 1: Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons have two very winnable games left against the Jaguars and Buccaneers. That will take them to 10 wins and all but guarantee them a wild-card spot. Caleb Hanie is not going to lead the Bears to three straight wins.
This will also be more than enough to get slot them ahead of the Lions, who have a far tougher schedule.
NFC Wild Card No. 2: Detroit Lions
The Bears have two very winnable games left against the Seahawks and Vikings with the Packers sandwiched in between. If the Bears were healthy, a 2-1 finish would be expected. However, they aren't, and they will be lucky to get one win.
The Giants have lost four straight and they aren't going to stop that skid to win three of their last four.
AFC Wild Card Contenders
Pittsburgh Steelers 10-3
New York Jets 8-5
Tennessee Titans 7-6
Oakland Raiders 7-6
AFC Wild Card No. 1: Pittsburgh Steelers
The only way the Steelers don't get this spot is if they pass the Ravens. In that case, this will go to the Ravens. This spot is that simple.
The next one is not.
AFC Wild Card No. 2: New York Jets
The Raiders finish vs. Lions, at Chiefs and vs. Chargers.
Oakland is falling apart. They will not be able to win three in a row, as they will either lose to the Lions next week or stumble against the resurgent Chargers.
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