Cincinnati Bengals middle linebacker Vincent Rey returns an interception against Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings (15) for a 25-yard touchdown in the first half on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Cincinnati.
The Bengals currently hold the AFC’s No. 3 seed. The 8-7 Ravens are battling with 8-7 Miami, 8-7 San Diego and 7-8 Pittsburgh for the AFC’s sixth and final playoff spot. The third-seed will play the No. 6 in the wildcard round.
The Bengals can still be the No. 2 seed if they beat Baltimore next week and New England loses to Buffalo. The Bengals can still be the No. 4 seed if they lose to the Ravens and the Colts win.
The Ravens win a head-to-head tiebreaker in a two-team tie with Miami and a conference record tiebreaker in a two-team tie with San Diego. The Dolphins win a three-way tie, as well as a two-team tie with San Diego.
The Steelers get in by beating the Browns Sunday and having the Ravens, Dolphins and Chargers all lose. In a four-way tie scenario, the Steelers would win the tiebreaker — and, like the Ravens, could be in Cincinnati for an all-AFC North wildcard game.
Kansas City is going to be No. 5 as the first wildcard, but that’s all that’s settled heading into the season’s final week. Denver is 12-3 but would lose the No. 1 seed with a loss next week and a Patriots win. With a Bengals win, Cincinnati would be no lower than No. 3.