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San Francisco 49ers strong safety Donte Whitner (31) tackles New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) in the second quarter of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
San Francisco 49ers strong safety Donte Whitner (31) tackles New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) in the second quarter of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)Credit: AP

Six teams from each conference make the playoffs — the four division winners plus two wild-card teams. The first three tiebreakers within a division are head-to-head, division record, and record vs. common opponents; the first three for a wild-card spot involving teams not in the same division are head-to-head, conference record, and record vs. common opponents. The two division winners with the best records get first-round byes for the playoffs. The leading contenders in each conference:

AFC W-L Div. Conf. Remaining games
pd-Houston 11-1 4-0 8-0 @New England, Indianapolis, Minnesota, at Indianapolis
c-New England 9-3 5-0 8-1 Houston, San Francisco, @Jacksonville, Miami
d-Baltimore 9-3 4-1 8-2 @Washington,Denver, NY Giants, @Cincinnati
c-Denver 9-3 4-0 6-2 @Oakland, @Baltimore, Cleveland, Kansas City
Indianapolis 8-4 2-1 5-3 Tennessee, at Houston, at Kansas City, Houston
Pittsburgh 7-5 2-2 4-5 San Diego, @Dallas, Cincinnati, Cleveland
Cincinnati 7-5 1-3 5-5 Dallas, at Philadelphia, at Pittsburgh, Baltimore
NY Jets 5-7 2-3 3-5 @Jacksonville, @Tennessee, San Diego, @Buffalo
Buffalo 5-7 1-3 4-6 St. Louis, Seattle, @Miami, NY Jets
Miami 5-7 1-3 3-6 @SanFran., Jacksonville, Buffalo, @New England
NFC W-L Div. Conf. Remaining games
c-Atlanta 11-1 3-1 7-1 @Carolina,NY Giants, @Detroit, Tampa Bay
d-San Francisco 8-3-1 2-1-1 6-3-1 Miami, @NewEngland, @Seattle, Arizona
d-Green Bay 8-4 3-0 6-3 Detroit, @Chicago,Tennessee, @Minnesota
d-*NY Giants 7-4 2-2 6-2 @Wash,New Orleans, @Atlanta, @Baltimore, Philadelphia
Chicago 8-4 2-1 5-3 @Minnesota,Green Bay, @Arizona, @Detroit
Seattle 7-5 0-3 5-4 Arizona, @Buffalo, San Francisco, St. Louis
Dallas 6-6 3-2 5-5 @Cincinnati,Pittsburgh, New Orleans, @Washington
Minnesota 6-6 2-2 4-5 Chicago, St. Louis, @Houston, Green Bay
Tampa Bay 6-6 2-2 3-5 Philadelphia, @NewOrleans, St. Louis, @Atlanta
St. Louis 5-6-1 4-0-1 5-3-1 @Buffalo,Minnesota, @Tampa Bay, @Seattle
*Washington 5-6 2-1 5-4 NY Giants, Baltimore, @Cleveland, @Philadelphia, Dallas
New Orleans 5-7 2-2 3-5 @NY Giants, Tampa Bay, @Dallas, Carolina

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c — clinched division title; p — clinched playoff berth; d — division leader; * not including Monday night’s game

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