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The ins and outs of the NFL playoff races

2 years 5 months 1 day ago December 22, 2014 Dec 22, 2014 Monday, December 22 2014 December 22, 2014 12:30 PM in Sports
Source: Associated Press
By: Barry Wilner

With five of the six playoff slots in the NFC and four in the AFC decided, some would think much of the drama of the schedule's final week has been removed.

Think again.

All nine of the teams already qualified for the Super Bowl chase have something to play for on Sunday.

Start with the defending league champion Seahawks (11-4). Excluding any Week 17 ties in the multitude of scenarios, Seattle not only will get the NFC West title by beating St. Louis, but also home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Not a pleasant thought for its opponents.

New England (12-3) doesn't need anything else to happen but to beat visiting Buffalo on Sunday to clinch staying home for the AFC playoffs.

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