NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 17



  • NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 17


    NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 17

    NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 17

    Nine of the 12 playoff teams have been determined. Seven of the eight divisions have been clinched. And there’s still plenty to play for in Week 17.

    In the AFC, four teams have already punched their tickets to the postseason by winning their divisions: New England (12-3, AFC East), Pittsburgh (12-3, AFC North), Jacksonville (10-5, AFC South) and Kansas City (9-6, AFC West). The Patriots have clinched a first-round bye and can secure home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win or a Pittsburgh loss. The Steelers, who have locked up a first-round bye, can earn the AFC’s No. 1 seed with a win combined with a New England loss.

    Four teams are battling for the AFC’s two wild-ward spots: Baltimore (9-6), Tennessee (8-7), Los Angeles Chargers (8-7) and Buffalo (8-7). The Ravens and Titans are in control for their postseason berths and can each clinch with a win.

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    In the NFC, five teams have locked up playoff spots, including three division winners: Philadelphia (13-2, NFC East), Minnesota (12-3, NFC North), Los Angeles Rams (11-4, NFC West), New Orleans (11-4) and Carolina (11-4). The Eagles have secured home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. The Vikings can earn the conference’s other first-round bye with a win or a Carolina loss or a win by either New Orleans or the Rams. The Saints are in control in the NFC South and can lock up the division title with a win or a Carolina loss. The Panthers can win the NFC South with a win combined with a New Orleans loss. Carolina can also secure a first-round bye with a win combined with losses by New Orleans, Minnesota and the Rams.

    Two teams remain alive for the NFC’s final playoff berth: Atlanta (9-6) and Seattle (9-6). The Falcons, who defeated the Seahawks 34-31 in Week 11, can clinch a playoff spot with a win or Seattle loss. The Seahawks can qualify for the postseason with a win combined with an Atlanta loss.

    The Eagles and Jaguars have both completed “worst-to-first” turnarounds, and at least one team has won its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place in 14 of the past 15 seasons. If the Panthers win the NFC South, 2017 would tie the 2005 and 2006 seasons for the most such “worst-to-first” clubs in NFL history.

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    AFC


    CLINCHED:

    New England – AFC East division title and first-round bye
    Pittsburgh – AFC North division title and first-round bye
    Jacksonville – AFC South division title
    Kansas City – AFC West division title



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    NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (12-3) (vs. New York Jets (5-10), Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET)


    New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

    1) NE win OR
    2) PIT loss OR
    3) NE tie + PIT tie



  • 3
    PITTSBURGH STEELERS (12-3) (vs. Cleveland (0-15), Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET)


    Pittsburgh clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

    1) PIT win + NE loss or tie OR
    2) PIT tie + NE loss



  • 4
    BALTIMORE RAVENS (9-6) (vs. Cincinnati (6-9), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)


    Baltimore clinches a playoff berth with:

    1) BAL win or tie OR
    2) BUF loss or tie OR
    3) TEN loss or tie



  • 5
    TENNESSEE TITANS (8-7) (vs. Jacksonville (10-5), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)


    Tennessee clinches a playoff berth with:

    1) TEN win OR
    2) TEN tie + BUF loss or tie + LAC loss or tie OR
    3) BUF loss + LAC loss



  • 6
    LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (8-7) (vs. Oakland (6-9), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)


    Los Angeles clinches a playoff berth with:

    1) LAC win + TEN loss or tie + BUF loss or tie OR
    2) LAC win + TEN loss or tie + BAL win or tie OR
    3) LAC tie + TEN loss + BUF loss or tie



  • 7
    BUFFALO BILLS (8-7) (at Miami (6-9), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)


    Buffalo clinches a playoff berth with:

    1) BUF win + BAL loss OR
    2) BUF win + LAC loss or tie + TEN loss or tie OR
    3) BUF tie + LAC loss + TEN loss



  • 8
    NFC


    CLINCHED:

    Philadelphia – NFC East division title and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs
    Minnesota – NFC North division title
    Los Angeles Rams – NFC West division title
    New Orleans – playoff berth
    Carolina – playoff berth



  • 9
    MINNESOTA VIKINGS (12-3) (vs. Chicago (5-10), Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET)


    Minnesota clinches a first-round bye with:

    1) MIN win or tie OR
    2) ​CAR loss or tie OR
    3) NO win OR
    4) LAR win



  • 10
    NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (11-4) (at Tampa Bay (4-11), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)


    New Orleans clinches NFC South division title with:

    1) NO win OR
    2) CAR loss OR
    3) NO tie + CAR tie



  • 11
    CAROLINA PANTHERS (11-4) (at Atlanta (9-6), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)


    Carolina clinches NFC South division title with:
    1) CAR win + NO loss or tie OR
    2) CAR tie + NO loss

    Carolina clinches a first-round bye with:
    1)  CAR win + NO loss or tie + MIN loss + LAR loss or tie



  • 12
    ATLANTA FALCONS (9-6) (vs. Carolina (11-4), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)


    Atlanta clinches a playoff berth with:

    1) ATL win OR
    2) SEA loss OR
    3) ATL tie + SEA tie



  • 13
    SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-6) (vs. Arizona (7-8), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)


    Seattle clinches a playoff berth with:

    1) SEA win + ATL loss or tie OR
    2) SEA tie + ATL loss



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