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If The Playoffs Started Today: The Jerome Simpson Somersault Edition

Jerome Simpson and the Cincinnati Bengals may fly into the playoffs but they’ll need to defeat Baltimore on Sunday to make that a reality.

At the moment though, the Bengals are in an evolving playoff picture that finally receives definitive clarity after Sunday night’s proceedings at MetLife Stadium.

Speaking of the Meadowlands, the Giants and Cowboys will close the book on the NFC East title race in a Sunday night meeting that may largely revolve around the right hand of Tony Romo.

Much remains to be decided including the top two seeds in the AFC (one will be claimed by New England), the final spot in the AFC playoffs, the AFC West, and the aforementioned NFC East.

Here is where we stand after 16 weeks:

AFC

#1 – New England Patriots (AFC East champion, bye)

#2 – Baltimore Ravens (AFC North champion, bye)

#3 – Houston Texans (AFC South champion)

#4 – Denver Broncos (AFC West champion)

#5  – Pittsburgh Steelers (Wild Card)

#6 – Cincinnati Bengals (Wild Card)

NFC

#1 – Green Bay Packers (NFC North champion, bye)

#2 – San Francisco 49ers (NFC West champion, bye)

#3 – New Orleans Saints (NFC South champion)

#4 – New York Giants  (NFC East champion)

#5 – Detroit Lions (Wild Card)

#6 – Atlanta Falcons (Wild Card)

PROPOSED, FICTIONAL TV SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 @ 4:30PM – #6 Cincinnati at #3 Houston (NBC)*

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 @ 8:00PM – #5 Detroit at #4 New York (NBC)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 @ 1:00PM – #6 Atlanta at #3 New Orleans (FOX)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 @ 4:30PM – #5 Pittsburgh at #4 Denver (CBS)

*Also known as the “Brad Nessler or Tom Hammond Game.”

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