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Every relevant NFL playoff scenario for Week 17

Every relevant NFL playoff scenario for Week 17

It's Week 17 in the NFL, which means teams in both the AFC and NFC will be looking to wrap up certain positions in the playoff picture, home-field advantage in the first round and beyond and a postseason bye. 

Wondering what each franchise is playing for, and how they can secure it? Check out every relevant playoff scenario below:

ATLANTA FALCONS

   Atlanta clinches a first-round bye:

    1) ATL win

    2) ATL tie + SEA loss or tie

    3) SEA loss + DET loss or tie

    4) SEA tie + DET loss

  SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

   Seattle clinches a first-round bye:

    1) SEA win + ATL loss or tie

    2) SEA tie + ATL loss + GB/DET tie

  DETROIT LIONS

   Detroit clinches division title:

    1) DET win

   Detroit clinches a first-round bye:

    1) DET win + SEA loss or tie + ATL loss

   Detroit clinches a playoff berth:

    1) DET tie

    2) WAS loss or tie

  GREEN BAY PACKERS

   Green Bay clinches division title:

    1) GB win or tie

   Green Bay clinches a playoff berth:

    1) WAS loss

    2) WAS tie + TB win + GB clinches at least a tie in strength of victory

         tiebreaker over TB 

       (Note: GB clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over TB if one of the following teams win or tie: SEA, HOU, JAC, PHI)

  WASHINGTON REDSKINS

   Washington clinches a playoff berth:

    1) WAS win + GB-DET game does not end in a tie

    2) WAS tie + GB loss + TB loss or tie

  TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

   Tampa Bay clinches a playoff berth:

    1) TB win + WAS tie + GB loss + TB clinches strength of victory

        tiebreaker over GB

    (Note: TB clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over GB if all of the

      following teams win: TEN, IND, DAL and SF)

  NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

   New England clinches homefield advantage throughout AFC playoffs:

    1) NE win or tie

    2) OAK loss or tie

  OAKLAND RAIDERS

   Oakland clinches division title and a first-round bye:

    1) OAK win or tie

    2) KC loss or tie

   Oakland clinches homefield advantage throughout AFC playoffs:

    1) OAK win + NE loss

  KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

   Kansas City clinches division title and a first-round bye:

    1) KC wins + OAK loss

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

The Kerrigan family is about to make a big-time addition to its roster.

Ryan and his wife, Jessica, already have two very, VERY, very, very cute bulldogs in their household. 

But on Tuesday, the two announced in separate Instagram posts that Jessica is 18 weeks pregnant and that a third human Kerrigan will arrive in 2019.

"Can I eat dis sign aftur da picturr iz over?" George the bulldog said when reached for comment on the news.

"How did dey gett such a smawl jerzey for da baby alreddy?" Franklin the other bulldog added.

This is all very wonderful.

Come next March, the world is about to get a little precious-er.

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Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

When you don't hear from someone you wanted to hear from, you typically follow up.

But on Sunday during the Redskins' 23-17 win over the Panthers, Jay Gruden actually didn't follow up with Adrian Peterson about a plan the two first discussed leading up to kickoff.

Everyone associated with burgundy and gold should be OK with that, however, after seeing how things played out.

During his weekly, exclusive interview with JP Finlay on the Redskins Talk podcast, Gruden explained how Peterson's injury situation almost prevented the running back from posting his crucial 17-carry, 97-yard stat line. 

"I talked to him before the game, had a sit-down with him," the head coach said. "I told him I was probably only gonna use him on short-yardage and goal line if that, you know? Because I want him to heal, we have a long season ahead of us." 

Heading into Week 6, Peterson was dealing with shoulder, ankle and knee issues. Plus, he's 33 years old at a position where that number is way more common on a player's jersey than in his bio under "age."

So, Gruden's concern made some sense, especially considering how necessary a productive Peterson has been to the 'Skins' success in 2018. Problem is, the two never connected again, so the coach's pitch count was never executed.

"He says, 'Oh, just let me go early, I'll let you know how I'm doing,'" Gruden recalled. "We let him go early and I never heard from him so I just kept him in there. He played great. He's a pro, he's a stud."

For those of you now wondering if this means you should start ignoring emails from your boss or not text your buddy back and still expect success, let's not get too carried away here. In this instance, a lack of communication worked for the future Hall of Famer, but that doesn't mean it's going to work for you.

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