2013 NFL playoff tiebreaking procedures

Ronald Martinez

The NFL season is down to one week, and it promises to be a crazy one.

It's Week 17 in the NFL, which means all kinds of tiebreakers come out of the woodwork to decide which teams go to the playoffs and which teams head for their couches.

In the AFC, all the playoff slots are clinched with some seeds still available to be moved around.

The NFC is a complete mess, with only four spots clinched and a bevy of teams still in the mix including the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins.

To see all the tiebreaking rules for both a division and a wild-card spot, please click here.

For some teams, the road to the playoffs this weekend is simple.

If Minnesota beats Green Bay at home, its in the playoffs.

Chicago needs to beat Detroit on the road and have Minnesota lose.

The winner of the Washington/Dallas game is the NFC East champion. If Dallas loses, its eliminated from postseason contention. If Washington loses, it needs Minnesota and Chicago to lose.

The Giants can only make the playoffs as a wild-card team with a win and losses from Minnesota, Chicago and Dallas.

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