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It's time to pick the NFL playoff teams

December 18, 2007|By RYAN BARRY / Pulse Correspondent

Week 15 of the NFL season brought some exciting games.

The New England Patriots continued to dominate the league with a win over the New York Jets. The Patriots are now 14-0. The Miami Dolphins also did well, getting their first win of the season over the Baltimore Ravens.

The Buffalo Bills lost to the Cleveland Browns. The loss put a damper on the Bills' season, but it was a huge win for the Browns, who are now tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for first place in the AFC North. The Jacksonville Jaguars, coming off a win over the Steelers, are in a very good position for an AFC wild-card spot in the playoffs.

The Tennessee Titans beat the Kansas City Chiefs to stay in the hunt for a wild-card spot. The San Diego Chargers defeated the Detroit Lions, virtually ending the Lions' playoff hopes. Also, the Denver Broncos' season is basically over with their loss Thursday night to the Texans.

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Over in the NFC, the Green Bay Packers are catching up to the Dallas Cowboys for home-field advantage in the playoffs with their win over the St. Louis Rams and the Cowboys' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The NFC East battle Sunday night between the Washington Redskins and New York Giants ended with the Redskins coming out on top and keeping their hopes alive for a wild-card spot in the playoffs. Even so, the Giants are still almost guaranteed a wild-card spot.

The Arizona Cardinals' loss to the New Orleans Saints makes it difficult for them to get a wild card, but it makes it easier for the Saints. The Seattle Seahawks surprisingly lost to the Carolina Panthers, keeping the Panthers' faint wild-card hopes alive. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' win over the Atlanta Falcons clinched the NFC South division for Tampa Bay.

In short, with two more weeks of the regular season, here is what the playoffs look like from my seat on the couch:

In the NFC playoffs: Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC likely wild cards: New York Giants and Vikings

NFC outside chance at a wild-card spot (in order): New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles

In the AFC playoffs: New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers

AFC likely wild cards: Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns

AFC outside chance at a wild-card spot: Tennessee Titans

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