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Titans, Colts now control Browns’ fate

The Browns’ loss in Cincinnati combined with the Titans’ win over the Jets means this for their playoff chances…

**The Browns and Titans are both 9-6 heading into the season’s final week.

**The Titans play at Indianapolis in a game that means nothing to the Colts, who have clinched a first-round bye. If the Colts win, the Browns are in. If the Titans win, the Browns are out. Here’s why…

**The Titans are 6-5 in AFC play; the Browns are 7-5. If the Titans win next week and finish 7-5, it goes to the third tiebreaker, common opponents, and the Titans win that based on the Browns’ losses to Oakland and Cincinnati. The Titans lost to Cincinnati but beat Oakland, the Jets and Houston twice.

**The only way the Browns’ result next week against San Francisco means anything in regards to the playoff race is if the Titans and Colts would tie. In that case, the Browns would be in with a win.

**Assuming the Titans and Colts don’t tie, here’s what lies ahead for the Browns: A win, and they’re 10-6 and looking at the tiebreakers. A loss, and they’d still be in if Tennessee loses at Indy based on their 7-5 conference record.

**If the Browns do get in, they’ll be the sixth seed and play at Pittsburgh or San Diego.

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