Source: The Sporting News -- DECEMBER 26, 1999

Entering Week 17 of the NFL season, here's what each team that has a chance has to do to get there:

AFC EAST

Indianapolis: Have clinched AFC East title and a first-round playoff bye. Can clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with EITHER a win AND EITHER a Jacksonville loss or tie OR with Indianapolis beating Jacksonville in best net points in conference games (currently Indianapolis 67 to Jacksonville 81) OR a Jacksonville loss AND a Tennessee loss.

Buffalo: Can clinch AFC playoff berth with EITHER a win or tie or EITHER one Miami loss OR Seattle loss or tie OR Kansas City loss or tie.

Miami: Can clinch AFC playoff berth with EITHER two wins OR a win against the N.Y. Jets Monday night AND EITHER a Buffalo win OR a Kansas City loss or tie OR a Seattle loss or tie OR with a win over Washington AND EITHER a Kansas City loss or tie OR a Seattle loss or tie OR EITHER a Kansas City loss or a Seattle loss.

AFC CENTRAL

  • Jacksonville: Have clinched playoff berth. Can clinch AFC Central title and a first-round playoff bye with a win or tie OR a Tennessee loss or tie. Can clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win AND EITHER an Indianapolis loss or tie OR with Jacksonville beating Indianapolis in best net points in conference games (currently Indianapolis 67 to Jacksonville 81).
  • Tennessee: Have clinched a playoff berth. Can clinch AFC Central title and a first-round playoff bye with a win AND a Jacksonville loss. Can clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win AND a Jacksonville loss AND an Indianapolis loss.
Note: Winner of the AFC Central championship has clinched a first-round playoff bye.

AFC WEST

  • Seattle: Can clinch AFC West title with EITHER a win or a Kansas City loss or tie. Can clinch playoff berth with a tie AND two Miami losses.
  • Kansas City: Can clinch AFC West title with a win AND a Seattle loss or tie. Can clinch playoff berth with EITHER a win AN EITHER a Miami loss to N.Y. Jets OR a Buffalo loss OR a tie AND two Miami losses.

NFC EAST

  • Washington: Have clinched NFC East title. Can clinch first-round playoff bye with a win AND a Tampa Bay loss AND a Minnesota loss or tie.
  • Dallas: Can clinch playoff berth with a win.
  • Can clinch playoff berth with EITHER a win AND EITHER a Green Bay loss or tie OR with New York beating Green Bay and Carolina in best net points in conference games (currently New York -56, Green Bay 0, Carolina -18) OR a tie AND a Green Bay loss AND a Carolina loss.

NFC CENTRAL

  • Tampa Bay: Have clinched a playoff berth. Can clinch NFC Central title with EITHER a win or tie OR a Minnesota loss or tie. Can clinch a first-round playoff bye with EITHER a win or tie OR a Minnesota loss or tie AND a Washington loss or tie.
  • Minnesota: Have clinched a playoff berth. Can clinch NFC Central title and a first-round playoff bye with a win and a Tampa Bay loss.
  • Detroit: Have clinched a playoff berth.
  • Green Bay: Can clinch a playoff berth with EITHER a win AND EITHER a New York win AND with Green Bay beating New York and Carolina in best net points in conference games (currently New York -56, Green Bay 0, Carolina -18) OR New York-Dallas game ends in a tie AND a Carolina loss or tie OR a tie AND New York-Dallas game ends in a tie AND a Carolina loss or tie.

NFC WEST
  • St. Louis: Have clinched NFC West title, a first-round playoff bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
  • Carolina: Can clinch a playoff berth with a win AND EITHER a New York win and a Green Bay win AND with Carolina beating New York and Green Bay in best net points in conference games, OR New York-Dallas game ends in a tie.
    Note: Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New England, New Orleans, N.Y. Jets, Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego and San Francisco are eliminated from playoff contention.