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.
|Texas - WP: N. Martinez||5||FINAL|
|Miami - LP: N. Eovaldi||4|
|Seattle - LP: J. Paxton||3||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels||4|
|Toronto - WP: R. Dickey||9||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: J. Nelson||5|
|NY Mets - WP: Z. Wheeler||8||FINAL|
|Oakland - LP: J. Samardzija||5|
|Atlanta - LP: D. Carpenter||2||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: M. Melancon||3|
|Houston - WP: S. Feldman||5||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - LP: D. Huff||2|
|Arizona - LP: E. Marshall||2||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: R. Soriano||3|
|LA Angels - WP: C. Rasmus||8||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: C. Buchholz||3|
|Detroit - WP: R. Porcello||6||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi||0|
|Cincinnati - LP: J. Cueto||3||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: L. Lynn||7|
|San Francisco - WP: J. Peavy||8||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson||3|
|Baltimore - WP: W. Chen||4||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - LP: H. Noesi||3|
|Cleveland - WP: T. House||5||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: R. Nolasco||0|
|Kansas City - LP: D. Duffy||2||FINAL|
|Colorado - WP: J. De La Rosa||5|
|San Diego - WP: E. Stults||4||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - LP: R. Hernandez||1|
|Carolina||8/22/14 6:30 PM|
|NY Giants||8/22/14 6:30 PM|
|Jacksonville||8/22/14 6:30 PM|
|Oakland||8/22/14 7:00 PM|
|Chicago||8/22/14 9:00 PM|
|Tampa Bay||8/23/14 3:30 PM|
|Tennessee||8/23/14 6:00 PM|
|Dallas||8/23/14 6:00 PM|
|Washington||8/23/14 6:30 PM|
|New Orleans||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|Minnesota||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|St. Louis||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|Houston||8/23/14 8:00 PM|
|San Diego||8/24/14 3:00 PM|
|Cincinnati||8/24/14 7:00 PM|
|Montreal||8/22/14 7:30 PM|
|Toronto||8/23/14 3:00 PM|
|Calgary||8/24/14 2:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/24/14 6:00 PM|
|Ottawa||8/29/14 6:30 PM|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm||X||10-6|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm||X||30-28|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||Noon|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon|