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NFL playoff scenarios 2013: Early games settle some 2013 NFL playoff scenarios

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NFL playoff scenarios for 2013 have shifted quite a bit Sunday (Dec. 29). In the updated 2013 NFL playoff scenarios, the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins have been eliminated from postseason contention. By losing to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens got eliminated and shortly after that, the New York Jets ended the season for the Dolphins. It gave the Pittsburgh Steelers new life and made the road to the postseason much easier for the San Diego Chargers. If the Chargers beat the Kansas City Chiefs at 1:25 p.m. PT, they clinch the No. 6 seed in the AFC. If they lose, the Steelers join the postseason party.

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It wasn't all about the AFC, though, as the Carolina Panthers beat the Atlanta Falcons to clinch a first round bye in the postseason. The team will be No. 2 if the Seattle Seahawks beat the St. Louis Rams, but could take over the top spot if the Seahawks lose and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Arizona Cardinals to win the NFC West. Those results would make the Seahawks the first wild card team at 12-4 or the No. 1 seed at 13-3. If Arizona wins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the New Orleans Saints, then the Cardinals become the No. 6 seed and the 49ers slide in at No. 5. If the Saints and Cardinals both win, then the Saints become the No. 5 seed and the 49ers slide to No. 6.

In more specific 2013 NFL playoff scenario, the winner of the Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers game will clinch the NFC North. The winner of the Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles game will then clinch the NFC East. The seeding is still up in the air, with the tie-breakers for seeding going in order to the Eagles, Bears, Cowboys, and then Packers. It means the best the Packers can do is No. 4.

A lot has to be settled in the 2014 AFC playoffs seeding. Nearly every game will have a direct impact on how it plays out. The only confirmed results are the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 5. If the Denver Broncos beat the Oakland Raiders, they become the No. 1 seed. If they lose and the New England Patriots beat the Buffalo Bills, then the Patriots become the top seed. If the Patriots lose, the team will fall to the No. 4 seed, with the Cincinnati Bengals moving up to No. 2 and the Indianapolis Colts moving up to No. 3.

The late afternoon games are going to have a big impact on how the 2013 NFL playoff scenarios all play out, with the results of each game impacting something in one of the conferences. This should make it a very exciting day for football fans.

More Football News:

Updated NFL Playoff Scenarios

Playoff Schedule

AFC Brackets

NFC Brackets

2014 NFL Mock Draft Look

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