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HILVERSUM, NETHERLANDS – JANUARY 18, 2014: The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league that constitutes one of the four major professional sports leagues in the USA.

By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.

Here are some NFL notes and interesting facts heading into the final week of the regular season:

♦ In the AFC, five teams – Tennessee, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Buffalo and New England – have all clinched playoff spots. If the Titans beat Houston on Sunday, they’ll receive a first-round bye and home field advantage throughout the conference playoffs.

♦ Indianapolis, Las Vegas and the Los Angeles Chargers are battling for the final two AFC playoff spots. If the Colts beat Jacksonville on Sunday, they’re in. The winner of the Raiders-Chargers game on Sunday will also clinch a postseason spot.

♦ The NFC playoff picture is almost complete: Green Bay, the Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles are in, with the 13-4 Packers having earned home field advantage throughout the NFC postseason.

♦ The lone remaining NFC playoff spot will be filled by either San Francisco or New Orleans. For the 49ers, it’s simple: If they beat the Rams on Sunday – and they’ve won the last five meetings – they’re in. If the 49ers lose and the Saints beat Atlanta, New Orleans takes the final playoff spot. If both the 49ers and Saints lose on Sunday, then the Niners are in.

♦ At age 44, Tom Brady is just 10 yards away from achieving his second season with 5,000 or more passing yards. He will join Drew Brees as the only QBs in history to post multiple 5,000-yard seasons.

♦ Here are Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow’s numbers for the last two games: 67 completions in 85 pass attempts, 971 yards, eight TDs and no interceptions. 

♦ This past Sunday, Cooper Kupp set a new Rams record for most receiving yards in a season. The current NFL single-season record holder is Calvin Johnson, who had 1,964 receiving yards in 2012. Kupp needs 136 yards this Sunday to surpass “Megatron.”

♦ Good news for Cowboys fans: Cornerback Trevon Diggs has 11 INTs this season, the most in the NFL. Bad news for Cowboys fans: Diggs has also surrendered more than 1,000 yards to opposing receiver, also the most in the NFL.

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