Three teams -- the Redskins, the New York Giants and San Francisco, all 9-6 -- are alive in the race for the two NFC wild-card playoff berths.

To receive one of the berths, the Redskins must beat the Cardinals Saturday in St. Louis and either the 49ers or the Giants must lose.

If the 49ers win at home Sunday against Dallas, they will have a wild-card berth. If they lose, they still would make the playoffs if the Redskins lose.

If the Giants win at home Saturday against Pittsburgh, they will be in as a wild-card team. If they lose, they still would make the playoffs if either the 49ers or the Redskins lose.

As division winners, Chicago, Dallas and the Los Angeles Rams already have clinched NFC playoff spots.

In the AFC, the Los Angeles Raiders are the only team that has clinched a playoff spot -- by virtue of winning the Western Division. Another AFC playoff spot will go to the winner of the Central Division (probably Cleveland, although Cincinnati will win it if there is a three-way tie at 8-8).

Four other AFC teams -- Miami, New England, the New York Jets and Denver -- are competing for the remaining three spots (two wild cards and the AFC Eastern Division title). Three certainties: 1) the Patriots can clinch the AFC East title by winning at Miami tonight; 2) the Jets, Dolphins and Patriots each are in a position to clinch a playoff berth by winning at least one more game; and 3) Denver will be eliminated -- and thus Miami, New England and the Jets all will be in -- if the Broncos lose at Seattle on Friday.