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The NFL's first slate of Saturday games this season saw the Patriots clinch the AFC East, the Texans clinch the AFC South — and the Rams get eliminated from playoff contention.

On Sunday, it was the Browns' turn to fall by the postseason wayside as their disappointing season continued with a home loss to the Ravens. Very much on the other side of things was Baltimore, which used its win in Cleveland to lock up a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the playoffs.

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1. z-Ravens (13-2)

2. y-Patriots (12-3)

3. y-Chiefs (11-4)

4. y-Texans (10-5)

5. x-Bills (10-5)

6. Titans (8-7, own tiebreaker over Steelers on strength of victory.)

x: Clinched playoff berth; y: clinched division; z: clinched home-field advantage.

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1. x-49ers (12-3, own tiebreaker over Saints because of head-to-head win Dec. 8)

2. y-Saints (12-3)

3. x-Packers (11-3)

4. Eagles (8-7)

5. x-Seahawks (11-4)

6. x-Vikings (10-4)

x: Clinched playoff berth; y: clinched division.

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Who can clinch division titles?

Three teams — the Ravens, Chiefs and Saints — already have clinched division titles. The Green Bay Packers can clinch the NFC North with a win or tie against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night. Minnesota clinched a wild-card berth with the Rams loss on Saturday night.

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Which other teams are still alive?

In the AFC, the Steelers and Raiders are still alive for playoff berths.

Steelers (8-7): The Titans and Steelers both lost this week, but Tennessee edged ahead in the playoff race and controls its own destiny, by virtue of holding a tiebreaker on strength of victory.

Raiders (7-8): Oakland stayed alive with a win over the Chargers.

In the NFC, the Cowboys are still alive.

Cowboys (7-8): Dallas needs a Philadelphia loss next week, coupled with a win of its own, to make the playoffs by winning the NFC East.

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Who has a first-round bye?

Ravens (13-2): Baltimore clinched a first-round bye with a win against the Browns. The Ravens also clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

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Which teams are out?

In the AFC, the Bengals, Broncos, Browns, Chargers, Colts, Dolphins, Jaguars and Jets cannot make the playoffs.

In the NFC, the Bears, Buccaneers, Cardinals, Falcons, Giants, Lions, Panthers, Rams and Redskins cannot make the playoffs.

Thanks to Joe Ferreira and NFL Playoff Scenarios for doing what they do.

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