A look at how the playoff race is shaping up:
The Vikings (8-6) can't clinch a wild-card playoff spot Sunday, nor can they be eliminated from the playoffs. With final games at Houston (12-2) and against Green Bay (10-4), the Vikings have the NFL's toughest closing schedule.
• Vikings would win tiebreaker with Chicago because of a better division record.
• Vikings would lose tiebreaker with Washington or Seattle based on head-to-head meetings.
• Vikings' chances probably hinge on what happens in NFC East, where three teams are 8-6.
• Washington and Dallas play each other in Week 17, so either team would claim the East title by winning out.
• Giants can earn at least a wild-card spot by winning out. If Vikings and Giants both go 10-6, Giants would win the tiebreaker (better record in conference games).
• Vikings could make playoffs if they lose Sunday, then beat Green Bay if: Washington wins NFC East; Dallas and Chicago lose at least once; Giants lose twice.
They're in: Green Bay (North champ), Atlanta (South champ), San Francisco (at least a wild card) have clinched three of six playoff berths.
Atlanta (13-2) clinched top seed and first-round bye with its victory over Detroit on Saturday.
San Francisco (10-3-1) can clinch West with a win. Can clinch first-round bye with win and G.B. loss.
Washington (8-6) can clinch playoff spot with a win and losses by the Giants, Chicago, Vikings.
Seattle (9-5) can clinch playoff spot with a win; or if Vikings, Chicago and Washington all lose; or if Vikings, Chicago and Dallas lose.
N.Y. Giants (8-6) can clinch playoff spot with win, and losses by Chicago, Vikings, Dallas, Washington.
Dallas (8-6) can neither clinch a playoff spot nor be eliminated.
St. Louis (6-7-1), Chicago (8-6) and New Orleans (6-8) could be eliminated.
They're in: New England (East champ), Denver (West champ), Houston (South champ), Baltimore (at least a wild card) have clinched four of six playoff berths.
Houston (12-2) can clinch first-round bye with a win, or losses by either New England or Denver.
Denver (11-3) can clinch first-round bye with a win and a New England loss.
Indianapolis (9-5) can clinch playoff spot with a win or a Pittsburgh loss.
Cincinnati (8-6) can clinch playoff spot with a win.
Pittsburgh (7-7) and Miami (6-8) could be eliminated.
|Atlanta - A. Wood||12:05 PM|
|Philadelphia - A. Burnett|
|Cleveland - D. Salazar||12:08 PM|
|Detroit - J. Verlander|
|Toronto - R. Dickey||12:10 PM|
|Minnesota - K. Gibson|
|Seattle - E. Ramirez||1:05 PM|
|Texas - T. Scheppers|
|Los Angeles - H. Ryu||2:45 PM|
|San Francisco - M. Bumgarner|
|Colorado - F. Morales||5:40 PM|
|San Diego - I. Kennedy|
|St. Louis - A. Wainwright||6:05 PM|
|Washington - T. Jordan|
|Milwaukee - Y. Gallardo||6:05 PM|
|Pittsburgh - E. Volquez|
|NY Yankees - C. Sabathia||6:10 PM|
|Tampa Bay - D. Price|
|Toronto - D. McGowan||6:10 PM|
|Minnesota - M. Pelfrey|
|Boston - J. Lester||7:10 PM|
|Chicago WSox - C. Sale|
|Kansas City - J. Shields||7:10 PM|
|Houston - S. Feldman|
|Los Angeles||9:30 PM|
|Aug 9 - vs. Houston||7 pm||X||27-13|
|Aug 16 - at Buffalo||6 pm||X||20-16|
|Aug 25 - at San Francisco||7 pm||X||34-14|
|Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee||7 pm||X||24-23|
|2013 regular season|
|Sep 8 - at Detroit||Noon||X||34-24|
|Sep 15 - at Chicago||Noon||X||31-30|
|Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland||Noon||X||31-27|
|Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London)||Noon||X||34-27|
|Oct 6 - Bye|
|Oct 13 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||35-10|
|Oct 21 - at. NY Giants||7:40 pm||X||23-7|
|Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay||7:30 pm||X||44-31|
|Nov 3 - at Dallas||Noon||X||27-23|
|Nov 7 - vs. Washington||7:25 pm||X||34-27|
|Nov 17 - at Seattle||3:25 pm||X||41-20|
|Nov. 24 - at Green Bay||Noon||26-26|
|Dec 1 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||23-20|
|Dec 8 - at Baltimore||Noon||X||29-26|
|Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia||Noon||X||48-30|
|Dec 22 - at Cincinnati||Noon||X||42-14|
|Dec 29 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||14-13|