The Ravens can clinch the AFC North with a victory over the Denver Broncos, according to the latest NFL playoff scenarios announced by the league today.

The Ravens can also clinch the division with a tie against Denver along with a loss by the Pittsburgh Steelers plus a Cincinnati Bengals loss or tie, or a Steelers loss plus a Bengals loss.

The Ravens can clinch a playoff berth with a tie or a Cincinnati loss or tie or a Pittsburgh loss or tie.
 
In the AFC, the New England Patriots have clinched the AFC East title, the Broncos have clinched the AFC West and the Houston Texans have clinched a playoff spot.

The Texans can clinch the AFC South with a win, and can clinch a first-round bye with a win plus a Patriots loss or tie and a Broncos loss.

The Indianapolis Colts clinch a playoff berth with a win or a tie plus:

-- a Bengals loss or tie

-- or a Colts tie plus a Steelers loss or tie

-- or a Colts tie plus a Baltimore win

-- or a New York Jets loss or tie plus a Bengals loss

-- or a Jets loss or tie plus a Ravens win plus a Bengals tie and a Steelers tie.

In the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons have already clinched the NFC South.

They can clinch a first-round bye with a win plus a Green Bay Packers loss or tie

-- or a Falcons win plus a San Francisco 49ers win

-- or an Atlanta win plus a 49ers loss

-- or a Falcons tie plus a Green Bay loss.

The Falcons can clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win plus a Packers loss or tie and a San Francisco loss.

The 49ers can clinch the NFC West division title with a win plus a Seahawks loss.

The 49ers clinch a playoff spot with a win or a tie plus a Dallas Cowboys loss plus a Washington Redskins loss or tie plus a 49ers tie plus a Dallas loss or tie plus a Redskins loss or tie plus a Minnesota Vikings loss or tie or a 49ers tie plus a Dallas loss or tie plus a Redskins loss or tie plus Green Bay-Chicago doesn't end in a tie or a 49ers tie plus a Dallas loss plus a Vikings loss or tie plus a Bears loss or a 49ers tie plus a Giants loss plus a Vikings loss or tie plus a Bears loss or a Vikings loss plus a Dallas loss plus a Redskins loss, a Seahawks loss or tie.

The Packers clinch the NFC North with a win.

They clinch a playoff berth with a tie plus a Cowboys loss plus a Redskins loss plus a Rams-Vikings tie

-- or a Packers tie plus a Dallas loss plus a Redskins loss plus a Vikings loss plus a 49ers win or tie

-- or a Packers tie plus a Dallas loss plus a Redskins loss plus a Vikings loss plus Seattle doesn't tie.

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