NFL Playoff Scenarios 2012: Week 1 Matchups as of Dec 12
As we close the book on Week 14 in the NFL, the playoff matchups saw some changes. Three new teams earned their way into playoff position, while two more teams (the Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints) joined the playoffs for sure.
Four teams now have clinched the playoffs.
With three more weeks left in the season, some contests might come down to the last game of the season.
No. 6 New York Jets vs. No. 3 New England Patroits
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Because of tiebreakers, New England would get stuck playing at home against division rival New York Jets.
I do not see a different outcome here, as the Patriots offense is a juggernaut. New England won the two previous meetings this year.
The Jets have played better as of late but are still that up-and-down squad.
New England 31, Jets 17
No. 5 Pittsburg, vs. No. 4 Denver
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Right now, the Broncos will win the AFC West and earn the right to host a playoff game.
Sadly, that means Pittsburgh comes to town.
This should be a good game for first half, but Pittsburgh is too strong not to prevail.
Pittsburgh 24, Denver 13
No. 6 Detroit vs. No. 3 New Orleans
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Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are rolling right now and deserve the No. 2 seed, but we all know tiebreakers stink, so they get stuck playing Detroit at home.
Detroit has made its way back into playoff picture with a win and a Chicago loss.
The Saints should have no problem picking apart the Lions defense. This game will not be close long.
New Orleans 34, Detroit 17
No. 5 Atlanta vs. No. 4 New York Giants
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Both of these teams struggle at times and other times look great.
New York blocked a last-second field goal to be here, while Atlanta came from way behind to stay in the playoff picture.
This should be a great game.
Giants 24, Atlanta 21