Monday, December 25, 2006

James Brown Passes At 73 - CNN.Com

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- James Brown, the legendary R&B belter, a singer and songwriter who created a foundation for funk and provided the roots of rap, a man of many nicknames but a talent that can only be described as one of a kind, is dead.

Brown died early Monday at Atlanta's Emory Crawford Long Hospital of congestive heart failure, his agent said. He was 73.

Brown was in Atlanta for a dental appointment when he fell ill and was admitted to the hospital over the weekend for treatment of "severe pneumonia," said his agent, Frank Copsidas.

"It appears what happened is that he did die of a heart attack as a result of his pneumonia," Copsidas told CNN Radio.

Brown -- known variously as "the Godfather of Soul," "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business," "Soul Brother Number One" and "Mr. Dynamite" (and often introduced as all of the above) -- was known for his elastic dance moves, razor-sharp musicianship and all-stops-out performances. (Watch the incomparable Brown perform )

He was, literally, an impossible act to follow: The Rolling Stones were said to have been terrified to come on after Brown in "The T.A.M.I. Show," a 1964 concert that appeared on film the next year. ("Nobody could follow me," Brown told "T.A.M.I. Show" director Steve Binder, according to a Los Angeles Times article.) Brown's performance in that show even earned an ovation from the backing band.

"You have the Rolling Stones on the same stage, all of the important rock acts of the day, doing their best -- and James Brown comes out and destroys them," producer Rick Rubin wrote in Rolling Stone. (i-Report: Your thoughts on James Brown)

His influence was broad and deep. He was a soul innovator, bringing a churchy rawness to R&B with his early hits "Please, Please, Please" and "Think." He essentially created funk with mid-'60s songs such as "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," "I Got You (I Feel Good)" and "Cold Sweat." His grooves were sampled by rappers and hip-hop artists. (Gallery: James Brown through the years)

He was tough on his own backing band, the Famous Flames -- which included saxophonist Maceo Parker, guitarist Jimmy Nolen and drummer Clyde Stubblefield -- famously fining them if they missed a cue. They even walked out on him in 1969; Brown simply recruited a new band, which included bassist Bootsy Collins. (Many of the Flames later returned; they were renamed the J.B.'s.)

He provided the ground that much of black music -- much of pop music -- stands on. (Story: James Brown's greatest hits)

"James presented obviously the best grooves," rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy once told The Associated Press. "To this day, there has been no one near as funky. No one's coming even close." (Watch "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business" do his thing )

Despite much-publicized personal problems that included a rap sheet and drug troubles, he also was a community leader. In the 1960s, he was a voice for calm during a period of urban riots; J. Anthony Lukas' book on Boston race relations, "Common Ground," notes that a 1968 Brown performance the day after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination helped keep the Massachusetts city from exploding.

Later, dismayed by the school shootings of the late '90s, he spoke out against violence in schools, even writing a song, "Killing's Out and School's In."

"We need to protect the kids by giving them something to do," Brown told CNN in 2001. "[It's about] making them interested, making them love mom and dad more, love the family more, love themselves more and love their school. So there won't have to be killing in school."

'Superhuman determination'
James Brown was born on May 3, 1933, in Barnwell, South Carolina. His early years were rough. Abandoned by his immediate family, he was taken in by friends and relatives and grew up in an "ill-repute area" of Augusta, Georgia, he once said. He shined shoes and danced for change, and he also served time in a reform school for breaking into cars, rescued by the family of friend Bobby Byrd.

Byrd invited Brown to join his group, the Gospel Starlighters, which later changed its name to the Flames and then the Famous Flames. The group was signed to King Records and released its song "Please, Please, Please" in early 1956. The song hit the R&B Top 10 and the group worked it hard, touring the "chitlin circuit" -- as the series of African-American clubs and theaters was called -- incessantly.

"What made Brown succeed where hundreds of others failed was his superhuman determination, working the chitlin circuit to death, sharpening his band, and keeping an eye on new trends," Richie Unterberger wrote on

A second hit, "Try Me," gave the group staying power, and from there it was hit after hit: "Think," "This Old Heart," "Bewildered," "Lost Someone," "Night Train," "Prisoner of Love." Brown eventually scored more than 50 Top 10 hits on the R&B charts. Seventeen hit No. 1.

Despite the occasional pop hit, crossover stardom eluded him until 1963, when "Live at the Apollo" -- still considered one of the great live albums of all time -- hit No. 2 on Billboard's album chart. In 1965, Brown hit the pop Top 10 with the groundbreaking "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," a song that incorporated the intricate start-and-stop rhythms that would come to define funk, and his mainstream stardom was sealed.

Brown's music was bold: 1968's "Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)" was a defiant statement of black pride; 1970's "Get Up (I Feel Like Being Like A) Sex Machine" was blatantly sexual; 1971's "Hot Pants" leering. His sound was unlike anything on the charts and was copied by many artists, including Sly and the Family Stone and Parliament -- who, in turn, gave it their own spin.

Influence on disco, hip-hop, rap
Brown went into eclipse in the mid-'70s. His 1974 song "The Payback" was his last Top 40 hit for 11 years, and even his appearances on the R&B/black music charts were irregular. He returned to the Top 10 with "Living in America," the theme from "Rocky IV," in 1985, but it was his last hurrah on the pop chart.

Brown also was plagued by personal problems. In the late '80s he was in the news for being accused of assault and battery by his then-wife. In 1988, high on PCP, he led police on a chase through two states before officers shot out the tires of his truck. He received a six-year prison sentence, serving 15 months in prison and 10 months in a work release program before being paroled in 1991, according to the AP.

But his musical influence was undeniable. He was part of the first group of artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. He won Grammys for "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and "Living in America." He received a Kennedy Center honor in 2003.

He knew what he'd accomplished.

"Disco is James Brown, hip-hop is James Brown, rap is James Brown; you know what I'm saying? You hear all the rappers, 90 percent of their music is me," he told the AP in 2003.

Brown's traditional performance close -- wailing "Please, Please, Please," falling to his knees, being covered with a cape, led almost off stage, still singing quietly, only to rise again, returned to the center, bringing the crowd to its screaming feet -- is indelible. It suggested nothing short of a life force, one that lives on in his many followers.

Which was what James Brown hoped for.

"I would like to pass on the want to do something," he told CNN in 2000. "The need is there. Good lyrics are good things, but I would like to pass on that drive, that vigorous undying determination."

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"Vince The Great" - Vince Young Leads Titans To 30-29 Win v. Buffalo Bills -

Young keeps Titans' streak, hopes alive wire reports

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (Dec. 24, 2006) -- If Vince Young keeps this up, the Tennessee Titans just might do the unthinkable and make the playoffs.

The rookie first-round draft pick has the Titans (8-7), who started the season with five losses in a row, alive in the AFC playoff race entering the final weekend after rallying them to a 30-29 victory against the Buffalo Bills.

The doubters have motivated Young all season long.

"That's all you heard all season, that a rookie's not going to be able to do this and that," Young said. "And I took that as, 'Hey, let's show the world that you can do that.' "

Young threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another to engineer his fourth comeback in the fourth quarter or overtime. This time, he helped Tennessee overcome a 29-20 deficit in the final 12 minutes. After hitting Brandon Jones for a 29-yard touchdown pass, Young engineered a 14-play, 75-yard drive, which Rob Bironas capped with a 30-yard field goal with 2:10 left.

Young's most electrifying play came at the end of the first half, when he scored on a 36-yard keeper on a fourth-and-2.

The loss knocked the Bills, now 7-8, out of playoff contention.

"This loss really hurts," said linebacker London Fletcher, whose team entered the game having won five of seven. "We had everything fall into place the way you want it to fall. We played a home game in a situation where you have to beat a team. And we just didn't get the job done."

Young improved to 8-4 as a starter and has led the Titans to six consecutive victories as they attempt to become the first NFL team to qualify for the playoffs after starting the season 0-5.

Tennessee still needs help, and must win its season finale when it plays host to New England next weekend.

"Every week he does something to amaze me," Jones said. "I can't believe some of the things that he does."

It was a wild, back-and-forth contest, featuring seven lead changes.

Vince Young made more magic when he beat the clock with his 36-yard touchdown run before halftime.
The Bills had a chance to pull it out but failed in the final minute.

Facing fourth-and-5 at the Titans 28, J.P. Losman scrambled out of trouble and threw a desperation pass that was intercepted by Reynaldo Hill at the goal line. On the play, the Bills elected against a field goal. They were driving into a wind that was gusting up to 20 mph.

Losman finished 19-for-33 for 266 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted twice. Willis McGahee had 95 yards rushing and a touchdown.

"All we wanted was an opportunity," Bills receiver Lee Evans said. "It came down to the end of the game and, defensively, they made more plays than we did offensively."

The game turned after Rian Lindell, with a career-tying fifth field goal, put the Bills ahead 29-20 late in the third quarter.

Young took over and led the Titans on a nine-play, 62-yard march, which he capped by hitting a wide-open Jones over the middle at the 10. Jones eluded Terrence McGee, who slipped on the play, and ran it in for a 29-yard reception.

After the Bills went three-and-out, the Titans turned to running back Travis Henry in a drive that ate up 7:15 and, more significant, produced the winning points.

Henry had 41 yards on eight carries during the drive, and finished with 135 yards rushing while facing his former team for the first time since being traded to Tennessee in 2004.

More surprising is that Henry arrived in Buffalo late after he missed the Titans' flight the day before.

"I was home just chilling and I got a call from a teammate like they were going to leave," Henry said, noting he had misread the Titans' travel schedule. "I got on the first flight that was available and I had to connect through Charlotte. ... It was crazy."

Young laughed when asked about Henry's late arrival.

"He's got a lot of money to book him another flight," Young said. "He got here, no problems, and went out there and played the game."


With six victories in a row, Young moved into a tie for third with Pittsburgh's Mike Kruzcek for the longest streak among rookie NFL quarterbacks.
Losman has 12 touchdown passes in his past eight games, eight of them for 20 yards or longer after he hit Evans for a 37-yarder on Sunday.
Bironas hit all three field-goal attempts for Tennessee, including a tough 42-yarder into the wind.

The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2006, The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved

Baltimore Ravens Smell Miami; Rout Steelers 31-7

Ravens keep rolling, rout Steelers 31-7 wire reports

PITTSBURGH (Dec. 24, 2006) -- Minutes after they ended the Pittsburgh Steelers' run as the Super Bowl champion, the Baltimore Ravens were ready to proclaim a new NFL title favorite -- themselves.

Steve McNair, masterfully running an offense that was productive and efficient, threw three touchdown passes and Baltimore took a big step toward securing a first-round AFC playoffs bye with a 31-7 victory over the Steelers.

The Ravens (12-3) matched a franchise record for victories in a season set by their Super Bowl championship team in 2000 and swept the series from the despised Steelers (7-8) for the first time since the former Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore in 1996. They also won in Heinz Field for the first time since their initial game there in 2001.

"The satisfaction is what we're trying to accomplish, it's not about ending the Steelers' season," cornerback Chris McAlister said.

The Ravens got some unexpected help from the Houston Texans, who upset the Indianapolis Colts 24-21 to move Baltimore ahead of the Colts (11-4) for the No. 2 seeding in the AFC playoffs. Baltimore, which still can surpass San Diego and be seeded No. 1, will finish at home next Sunday against Buffalo (8-7).

"We're in a prime position to get home-field advantage," linebacker Ray Lewis said. "With the way we're playing defense and the way our offense is clicking, we're going to be a hard team to beat in the playoffs."

If this was Bill Cowher's last home game as Steelers coach, and there is a possibility it was, his players didn't throw much of a going-away party.

With Ben Roethlisberger (156 yards passing, two interceptions) and Willie Parker (29 yards on 13 carries) again having rough afternoons against one of the NFL's top defenses, the Steelers (7-8) became the first defending Super Bowl champions since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002 to miss the playoffs.

"We just didn't play the way we played last year," wide receiver Hines Ward said, pointing to a season-long problem with turnovers -- 35, including three more in Week 16. "You never give yourself a chance to win when you turn it over."

Mark Clayton continues to be a deep threat with a 35-yard TD and 108 total yards.
The Steelers tried to rally by winning five of six following a 2-6 start, but now can finish no better than 8-8 -- the same record they had in 1980, the year after they won the fourth and last of the Super Bowls under coach Chuck Noll.

"Nobody expected us to be in this position," linebacker James Farrior said. "Everybody is going to have to pick themselves up after this."

Parker, a Pro Bowl running back, had averaged 144 yards rushing in the previous four home games only to be held below 30 yards for the second time in a month by Baltimore. He had 22 yards on 10 carries in the Ravens' 27-0 rout on Nov. 26. The Steelers were out-gained 634-423 and outscored 58-7 in the two losses to the Ravens.

The Ravens defense wasn't quite as good as the first matchup, when it sacked Roethlisberger nine times and forced three turnovers, but it didn't have to be the way McNair (21 of 31, 256 yards, two interceptions) took advantage of repeatedly good field position.

"To me, he's the secret weapon this year," Steelers lineman Brett Keisel said of McNair, acquired from Tennessee in a trade earlier this year. "He's the reason they are where they are. He came into a new system and now he's taking them to the playoffs."

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Jamal Lewis helped out with 77 yards, giving him 1,063 yards for the season, and a 1-yard touchdown run.

After Baltimore got the ball at the Steelers 43 late in the first quarter following a short punt by Chris Gardocki, McNair found Mark Clayton behind Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu on a 35-yard scoring play. The touchdown came one play after McNair kept the drive going by barely gaining enough ground on a fourth-and-1 sneak.

Another short punt by Gardocki on Pittsburgh's next possession led to McNair's 1-yard scoring pass to tight end Daniel Wilcox on fourth-and-goal.

The Steelers had gained only 34 yards in the first half until a McNair-thrown interception on a tipped pass led to Roethlisberger's 1-yard TD pass to Heath Miller seven seconds before halftime.

The Ravens regained control on their opening drive of the second half, with McNair finding Demetrius Williams open behind Polamalu down the Baltimore sideline for a 25-yard touchdown. That made it 21-7, and the Steelers were so desperate to score after that they went for it on a fourth-and-2 at their 37 midway through the quarter. They didn't get the first down -- a perfect summation of their failed season.

Polamalu, an All-Pro safety last season, returned after missing the Steelers' previous three games with a knee injury.

Notes: McNair is 10-4 against Pittsburgh. ... Baltimore has won eight of nine. ... The Steelers were 2 of 14 on third downs, with both conversions coming on penalties, and 3 of 26 against Baltimore this season. ... Six of the last eight Super Bowl winners held a first-round bye. ... McNair had thrown 163 passes without an interception. ... The Ravens have allowed 57 points in their last six games. ... Baltimore finished 5-1 in the division. The Steelers are 2-3.

Arizona Cardinals QB Matt Leinart Sprained His Left Shoulder Against 49ers -

Cards QB Leinart sprains throwing shoulder wire reports

SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 24, 2006) -- Matt Leinart sprained his left shoulder late in the first half of the Arizona Cardinals ' game against San Francisco, ending the quarterback's strong rookie season one game early.

Leinart was hurt when Roderick Green sacked him on third down during a drive that ended in Neil Rackers' 39-yard field goal with 1:57 left in the second quarter. Leinart went to the locker room after the hit, and returned to the sideline in street clothes as Kurt Warner finished off the Cardinals' 26-20 victory.

Though the injury apparently isn't serious, Arizona coach Dennis Green said Leinart will be shelved for the season finale at San Diego on Dec. 31. Leinart won't need surgery, but is scheduled for an MRI exam Dec. 27.

"It hurts pretty good, but it's nothing serious, so that's a good thing," said Leinart, who was told such injuries require about four weeks to heal. "Nothing popped, nothing tore. There were no noises. I just fell on it hard."

Leinart, the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner from USC, was outstanding against the 49ers, going 9-for-13 for 162 yards with a touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald as Arizona took a 20-3 lead.

Leinart has passed for 2,547 yards and 11 TDs this season despite sitting out most of the Cardinals' first four games. Arizona won four of its last six games under Leinart, but is out of playoff contention after an eight-game losing streak early in the season.

Warner, who lost his job to Leinart in October, passed for 105 conservative yards in the second half as Arizona barely held on.

"When you come in with a situation where somebody is doing well, you just don't want to mess up what's going on," Warner said. "It was really about managing the game at that point."


Offense ranking and stats by NFL:

Stat list order:Games Plays Yards Game Play Game Eff Eff Game of Poss
Yds/ Yds/ 1st Dn/ 3rd Dn 4th Dn Pts/Avg Time

1. New Orleans Saints 15 1024 5967 397.8 5.8 21.1 45.1 57.9 26.1 32:19
2. Indianapolis Colts 15 943 5671 378.1 6.0 23.5 56.1 0.0 26.7 29:27
3. San Diego Chargers 15 954 5453 363.5 5.7 19.9 43.3 54.5 31.0 31:31
4. St. Louis Rams 15 998 5351 356.7 5.4 20.6 37.1 64.7 21.7 31:04
5. Philadelphia Eagles 14 868 5284 377.4 6.1 19.4 41.2 40.0 25.1 28:19
6. Pittsburgh Steelers 15 967 5243 349.5 5.4 19.9 42.2 47.6 22.0 30:38
7. Dallas Cowboys 14 907 5206 371.9 5.7 21.5 48.4 53.3 27.6 31:51
8. Cincinnati Bengals 15 940 5167 344.5 5.5 19.9 35.6 66.7 23.7 29:07
9. Green Bay Packers 15 1007 5085 339.0 5.0 18.7 37.7 41.2 18.3 30:21
10. Jacksonville Jaguars 15 924 5026 335.1 5.4 17.9 38.9 50.0 22.7 32:22
11. New England Patriots 15 994 4955 330.3 5.0 20.7 42.9 78.9 23.0 31:43
12. Atlanta Falcons 15 926 4932 328.8 5.3 17.7 35.5 44.4 18.3 29:27
13. Chicago Bears 15 988 4883 325.5 4.9 19.1 38.1 66.7 28.0 31:04
14. New York Giants 15 942 4859 323.9 5.2 18.7 36.5 46.7 21.4 29:41
15. Washington Redskins 15 917 4850 323.3 5.3 18.3 37.0 45.5 18.6 29:51
16. Kansas City Chiefs 15 936 4748 316.5 5.1 19.1 40.4 57.1 19.7 30:04
17. Baltimore Ravens 15 951 4745 316.3 5.0 17.6 41.1 72.7 22.3 32:34
18. Minnesota Vikings 15 964 4650 310.0 4.8 17.0 32.4 71.4 17.4 31:51
19. Seattle Seahawks 15 973 4633 308.9 4.8 18.9 36.7 25.0 20.8 29:18
20. Denver Broncos 15 909 4626 308.4 5.1 17.7 37.9 53.8 19.7 29:59
21. Carolina Panthers 15 934 4610 307.3 4.9 17.2 31.0 25.0 15.9 29:55
22. Detroit Lions 15 891 4587 305.8 5.1 17.9 30.6 38.1 17.7 27:23
23. Arizona Cardinals 15 944 4556 303.7 4.8 18.6 38.8 66.7 19.6 30:13
24. San Francisco 49ers 15 842 4500 300.0 5.3 15.1 33.3 55.6 18.1 28:20
25. Tennessee Titans 15 879 4468 297.9 5.1 16.3 33.0 43.8 20.1 27:05
26. Miami Dolphins 14 912 4353 310.9 4.8 17.7 38.3 50.0 16.3 30:07
27. New York Jets 14 885 4301 307.2 4.9 18.4 42.9 33.3 20.0 30:40
28. Houston Texans 15 913 4286 285.7 4.7 18.1 39.5 69.2 16.9 29:44
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 15 923 4034 268.9 4.4 14.8 37.1 26.7 13.6 28:27
30. Buffalo Bills 15 846 4018 267.9 4.7 14.9 31.2 40.0 19.5 28:22
31. Cleveland Browns 15 874 3927 261.8 4.5 15.4 33.0 42.9 15.5 28:46
32. Oakland Raiders 15 899 3730 248.7 4.1 15.4 36.8 33.3 11.0 28:34



(Before 12/25 Philadelphia-Dallas & N.Y, Jets-Miami Monday night games)
December 25, 2006 - Christmas Day

For Week 17
Clinched: San Diego - West Division and first-round bye
Indianapolis - South Division
Baltimore - North Division
New England - East Division
Eliminated: Oakland, Cleveland, Houston, Miami, Buffalo, Pittsburgh.
San Diego clinches homefield advantage:
1) SD win or tie
2) BAL loss or tie
Baltimore clinches homefield advantage:
1) BAL win + SD loss
Baltimore clinches a first-round bye:
1) BAL win or tie
2) IND loss or tie
Indianapolis clinches a first-round bye:
1) IND win + BAL loss
Denver clinches a playoff berth:
1) DEN win or tie
2) KC loss or tie
Denver clinches a playoff berth:
1) DEN win or tie
2) KC loss or tie
3) NYJ loss or tie + CIN loss or tie + TEN loss or tie
NY Jets clinch a playoff berth:
1) NYJ win or tie
2) CIN loss or tie + JAC loss or tie
3) CIN loss or tie + TEN win
4) DEN loss + JAC loss
NY Jets clinch a playoff berth:
1) NYJ win + CIN loss or tie + JAC loss or tie
2) NYJ win + CIN loss or tie + TEN win
3) NYJ win + DEN loss + JAC loss
4) NYJ tie + CIN loss + KC/JAC tie + TEN tie
Cincinnati clinches a playoff berth:
1) CIN win + NYJ loss
2) CIN win + DEN loss + KC win
1) CIN win
2) CIN tie + KC/JAC tie + NYJ loss or tie + TEN loss or tie
Tennessee clinches a playoff berth:
1) TEN win + CIN loss or tie + DEN loss + KC win
Tennessee clinches a playoff berth:
1) TEN win + NYJ loss or tie + CIN loss or tie
2) TEN win + NYJ loss or tie + DEN loss + KC win
3) TEN win + CIN loss or tie + DEN loss + KC win
4) TEN tie + NYJ loss + CIN loss + JAC/KC tie
Jacksonville clinches a playoff berth:
1) JAC win + NYJ loss + CIN loss or tie + TEN loss or tie
Jacksonville clinches a playoff berth:
1) JAC win + CIN loss or tie + TEN loss or tie
2) JAC tie + CIN loss + TEN loss + NYJ loss or tie
Kansas City clinches a playoff berth:
1) KC win + CIN loss or tie + DEN loss + TEN loss or tie
Kansas City clinches a playoff berth:
1) KC win + NYJ loss or tie + CIN loss or tie + DEN loss
2) KC win + NYJ loss or tie + CIN loss or tie + TEN loss or tie
3) KC win + NYJ loss or tie + DEN loss + TEN loss or tie
4) KC win + CIN loss or tie + DEN loss + TEN loss or tie
Clinched: Chicago - North Division and homefield advantage
New Orleans - South Division
Seattle - West Division
Dallas - playoff berth
Eliminated: Detroit, Arizona, Tampa Bay, Washington, Minnesota,
San Francisco.
New Orleans clinches a first-round bye:
1) NO win
2) DAL loss
3) NO tie + DAL tie
Dallas clinches a first-round bye:
1) DAL win + NO loss or tie
2) DAL tie + NO loss
Dallas clinches East Division:
1) DAL win + PHI loss or tie
2) DAL tie + PHI loss
Philadelphia clinches playoff berth:
1) PHI win or tie
2) NYG loss or tie
3) GB loss or tie + CAR win
4) GB loss or tie + STL win
5) GB win + NYG win strength of victory tiebreaker over GB
Philadelphia clinches East Division:
1) PHI win
2) DAL loss
3) PHI tie + DAL tie
NY Giants clinch a playoff berth:
1) NYG win + NYG clinch strength of victory tiebreaker over GB
2) NYG win + PHI loss
3) NYG win + GB loss or tie
4) NYG tie + GB loss or tie + STL loss or tie + ATL loss or tie +
CAR loss or tie
5) GB loss + STL loss + ATL loss + CAR loss
NY Giants clinch a playoff berth:
1) NYG win + NYG clinch strength of victory tiebreaker over GB
2) NYG win + GB loss or tie
3) NYG tie + GB loss or tie + STL loss or tie + ATL loss or tie +
CAR loss or tie
4) GB loss + STL loss + ATL loss + CAR loss
Green Bay clinches a playoff berth:
1) GB win + NYG win + GB clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over NYG
2) GB win + NYG loss or tie + STL loss or tie
3) GB win + NYG loss or tie + CAR win
4) GB win + NYG loss or tie + ATL win
5) GB tie + NYG loss + STL loss + ATL loss or tie + CAR loss or tie
Carolina clinches a playoff berth:
1) CAR win + NYG loss or tie + GB loss or tie
2) CAR tie + NYG loss + GB loss + STL loss or tie + ATL loss or tie
Atlanta clinches a playoff berth:
1) ATL win + CAR loss or tie + GB loss or tie + STL loss or tie
2) ATL win + CAR loss or tie + GB loss or tie + NYG loss or tie
3) ATL tie + CAR loss + GB loss + NYG loss + STL loss
Atlanta clinches a playoff berth:
1) ATL win + CAR loss or tie + GB loss or tie + NYG loss or tie
2) ATL tie + CAR loss + GB loss + NYG loss + STL loss
St. Louis clinches a playoff berth:
1) STL win + NYG loss or tie + CAR loss or tie + ATL loss or tie
2) STL tie + NYG loss + CAR loss + ATL loss + GB loss