AP -- Welcome to the postseason, Cleveland. The Browns ended their string of non-playoff seasons on Sunday with a tighter-than-expected 24-22 victory over archrival Pittsburgh, which sat many of its starters. Cleveland returned to the NFL in 1999 and made the playoffs in 2002. It didn't return until this season.

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The NFL's two longest playoff droughts have been snapped with the advancements of Tampa Bay and Cleveland, both 11-5. In the NFC, the Green Bay Packers clinched the No. 1 seed by beating the Chicago Bears, who backed into a wild-card berth at 8-8 after the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Los Angeles Rams.

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