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Dec 15, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas (31) celebrates his interception during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Miami defeated New England 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

That is, if the Bengals manage to win the division and beat whoever they host in the first round. With surges by the Miami Dolphins and Ravens, it’s possible the Bengals don’t make it to the playoffs if they don’t win their final two games.

Here’s how the playoff picture looks:

Division Leaders W L T DIV CONF
[x] Broncos 11 3 0 4-1 7-3
Patriots 10 4 0 3-2 7-3
Bengals 9 5 0 2-2 7-3
[y] Colts 9 5 0 5-0 7-3
Wild Card W L T DIV CONF
[x] Chiefs 11 3 0 2-3 7-3
Dolphins 8 6 0 2-2 7-3
In The Hunt W L T DIV CONF
Ravens 7 6 0 3-2 6-4
Chargers 7 7 0 2-2 4-6
Jets 6 8 0 2-3 3-7
Steelers 6 8 0 2-2 4-6
Browns 4 10 0 2-3 3-7
Eliminated W L T DIV CONF
Titans 5 9 0 0-4 4-6
Bills 5 9 0 2-2 4-6
Jaguars 4 10 0 3-1 4-6
Raiders 4 10 0 1-3 4-6
Texans 2 12 0 1-4 2-8

The Dolphins own a head-to-head win over the Bengals, so in the event Cincinnati doesn’t win the division and have the same record as Miami, the Bengals would be out of the playoffs. With games against the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, Miami has a good shot at getting to 10-6.

If the Ravens win tomorrow night vs. the Lions and next week vs. the New England Patriots, Cincinnati needs to win the last two games vs. the Minnesota Vikings and Ravens to secure the AFC North.

If the Ravens lose tomorrow night, Cincinnati need only win next week vs. the Vikings to win the division. The finish line is in sight, but the Bengals have to finish strong now just to assure they’ll win the AFC North and host a playoff game.

 

 

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