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NFL Season Ends this Week - 2002-01-06

The National Football League's regular season comes to a close this week with the New York Jets hoping to clinch a playoff berth with a victory over the Oakland Raiders.

The Jets have not won a game in Oakland since 1962 and have lost to the Raiders seven of the last eight times the teams met. The Raiders have earned a playoff berth and can clinch a first-round bye with a little help from Miami and New England.

The New England Patriots can clinch the American Conference East title for the first time since 1997 with a win over the Carolina Panthers. The Patriots have won five straight games and have clinched a home playoff game.

Miami has a home game against the Buffalo Bills, and could secure a first-round bye with a win and a New England loss. Also in the AFC, the Pittsburgh Steelers play their archrival the Cleveland Browns.

In the National Conference, the Chicago Bears could win the NFC Central title with a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars or a loss by Green Bay. The Packers take on the New York Giants.

In the NFC West Division, the Saint Louis Rams take on the Atlanta Falcons. The Rams need a win Sunday or a Chicago loss to Jacksonville to secure home-field advantage through the playoffs.

Also Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Philadelphia Eagles. The two teams will also play one another next week in the first round of the playoffs.

Other games have San Francisco taking on New Orleans. The Forty-Niners could earn a home game in the playoffs with a win and a Green Bay loss to the New York Giants.

Also Sunday, the Washington Redskins host the Arizona Cardinals in a game between two teams battling for a five-hundred (.500) record. The Denver Broncos visit the Indianapolis Colts, the Dallas Cowboys take on Detroit and Cincinnati visits Tennessee. Kansas City visits the Seattle Seahawks and the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens take on Minnesota in the Monday night game.