NFL playoff picture 2012: Ravens clinch AFC North

Patrick Smith

A 33-14 win over the Giants snapped a three-game skid, clinched the AFC North title and ensured the Ravens a home playoff game in the first week of January.

After downing the New York Giants 33-14 on Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens have clinched the AFC North title.

While the seeding for the AFC playoffs is not set, the teams that will participate in the postseason are locked in. As it stands today, the Ravens (10-5) are projected to be the No. 4 seed in the AFC, and would face the surprising Indianapolis Colts (10-5) -- who clinched a playoff berth after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 23-10 on Sunday -- in one of the two AFC wild card games.

The Cincinnati Bengals (9-6) snuck into the AFC playoffs with their 13-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Marvin Lewis' squad is projected to be the No. 6 seed in the AFC and would face the No. 3-seeded New England Patriots (11-4) if the seeding does not change following the Week 17 slate.

The Houston Texans (12-3) and the red hot Denver Broncos (12-3) are tied atop the AFC playoff race, and will be battling for No. 1 seed in the conference playoffs in Week 17. The Broncos will have an easier shot at locking down the top seed as they are facing the lowly Kansas City Chiefs, while the Texans head to Indianapolis to face a Colts team that has won four of its last five games.

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