The playoff picture in the AFC conference is nearly cleared-up entering into week 17 of the 2010 NFL season as five of six teams have secured playoff spots.
After this weekend’s games, familiar teams have already qualified for the playoffs including three teams that have won Super Bowl championships in this century.
New England clinched the AFC East and the best record in the conference with a 13-2 record
Kansas City clinched the AFC West with a 10-5 record
Pittsburgh clinched the playoffs with an 11-4 record and can win the AFC North with a win over the Cleveland Browns or a loss by the Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore clinched the playoffs with an 11-4 record and can with the AFC North with a win over the Cincinnati Bengals and a loss by the Steelers
The New York Jets, despite losing to the Chicago Bears, clinched the second wild card berth as other teams lost.
One playoff position, though, is still in doubt heading into week 17.
The AFC South divisional championship is still up for grabs, though it certainly appears the Indianapolis Colts have the inside edge with a 9-6 record. The Jaguars are 8-7, and, while not mathematically eliminated, their chances have all but faded after an overtime loss to the Washington Redskins.
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