Five division leaders can clinch

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Associated Press

Posted on December 15, 2010 at 2:01 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Five division leaders can clinch playoff berths this weekend, and the Patriots and Steelers can secure first-round byes in the AFC.

Pittsburgh and Jacksonville in the AFC, Atlanta, Chicago and the New York Giants in the NFC all are in position to earn postseason spots. The Jaguars simply have to win at Indianapolis to take the AFC South.

New England wins the AFC East and earns a bye if it wins at home against Green Bay and the Jets lose at Pittsburgh. The Steelers get the AFC North crown with a win and a Baltimore loss, and also can grab a bye if the Steelers have the strength of victory tiebreaker over the Ravens and Jaguars after this weekend's games.

If Chicago wins Monday night at Minnesota and Green Bay loses, the Bears take the NFC North.

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