2012 NFL Playoffs Predictor: Week 17

It's not over yet, Bears fans. In fact, Smokin' Jay Cutler may have just given Chicago a lovely vacation to San Francisco.

We're heading into Week 17 in a season that has flown by. Calvin Johnson just broke Jerry Rice's single-season receiving yards record and is closing in on 2,000. Adrian Peterson is 102 yards shy of 2,000 and 208 yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson's record versus the Green Bay Packers -- unlikely but far from impossible. Peyton Manning came back from a full year off to have a -- well, a Peyton Manning-esque year -- and led the Denver Broncos back to the playoffs. So, what's left?

The NFC East is still up in the air, with the deciding game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins to come. Houston losing to Minnesota vastly increases the Vikings' playoff odds and it opens up the quest for home-field advantage and the coveted bye week in the AFC.

Below is a projection of who will be in this year's playoffs. Be sure to come back once the postseason begins, as we reset the bracket and tell you who has the best chance to bring home the Lombardi Trophy.

Keep in mind that while both the Vikings and Cowboys (given their win-and-in scenarios) have a better chance of seeing postseason action than the Bears, given the individual game probabilities, in the following scenario Chicago would claim the final playoff spot.

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