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12/21 19:11 CST Steelers, Packers win, move into playoffs
Steelers, Packers win, move into playoffs
By The Associated Press
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers both qualified for the NFL
playoffs with wins Sunday. Next week, they will play for division titles at
Dallas clinched the NFC East with a rout of Indianapolis, ending any chance for
Philadelphia to make the postseason.
The Steelers (10-5) beat Kansas City 20-12 to secure at least a wild-card
berth. They will win the AFC North by defeating Cincinnati next Sunday. The
Bengals (9-4-1) host Denver (11-3) on Monday night.
Green Bay topped Tampa Bay 20-3 and heads to Lambeau Field for next Sunday's
showdown with Detroit for the NFC North crown. Both are 11-4 after the Lions
won 20-14 at Chicago.
With their wins in Week 16, the Falcons (6-9) and Panthers (6-8-1) set up a
winner-take-all game for the NFC South next Sunday at Atlanta. Carolina beat
Cleveland 17-13, and Atlanta defeated New Orleans 30-14.
New England earned an AFC first-round bye with its 17-16 victory at the New
Still alive in the AFC are Baltimore (9-6), whose loss to Houston (8-7) also
kept the Texans in contention; Kansas City (8-7); and San Diego (9-6), which
won Saturday night at San Francisco. The Chargers will be in if they win at
Kansas City next weekend.
Buffalo (8-7) lost all chance of ending its NFL-high string of non-playoff
appearances, now at 15, by falling at Oakland 26-24.
The NFC is less muddled. Dallas (11-4) has a two-game lead over Philly (9-6)
after routing AFC South champion Indianapolis 42-7.
Arizona (11-3) already is in heading into the Sunday night game against
Seattle. The Seahawks qualified when Dallas won and Philadelphia lost.
The Cardinals will take the NFC West with a victory in prime time. That would
also give Arizona home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs.
And remember, the Super Bowl will be played in the Cardinals' stadium Feb. 1.
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