Playoff Scenarios

After 15 weeks the playoff races are running down to the wire. Only 3 divisions have not been clinched but only 15 teams have been officially eliminated. This means there are enough playoff possibilities to really boggle the mind. Fortunately TheInsiders.com has compiled an official playoff report complete with what each team must do to clinch a playoff spot, it's division, and a home field advantage.

For Week 16

AFC EAST

New England has clinched division title.
New England can clinch first-round bye with:
1. IND loss, OR
2. NE win or tie + IND tie

AFC NORTH

Cincinnati can clinch division title with
1. CIN win + BAL loss

AFC SOUTH

Indianapolis has clinched playoff berth.
Indianapolis can clinch division title with:
1. IND win, OR
2. TEN loss, OR
3. IND tie + TEN tie
Tennessee can clinch playoff berth with:
1. TEN win or tie, OR
2. MIA loss or tie, OR
3. BAL loss or tie, OR
4. CIN loss or tie
Note: There are other scenarios in which Tennessee can clinch a playoff berth based on strength of victory tiebreaker.

AFC WEST

Kansas City has clinched division title.
Kansas City can clinch first-round bye with:
1. IND loss, OR
2. KC win or tie + IND tie
Denver can clinch playoff berth with:
1. DEN win + BAL loss or tie, OR
2. DEN win + CIN loss or tie, OR
3. DEN tie + MIA loss or tie + BAL loss, OR
4. DEN tie + MIA loss or tie + CIN loss

NFC EAST

Philadelphia has clinched playoff berth.
Philadelphia can clinch division title and first-round bye with:
1. PHI win or tie, OR
2. DAL loss or tie
Philadelphia can clinch homefield advantage throughout playoffs with:
1. PHI win + STL loss
Dallas can clinch playoff berth with:
1. DAL win, OR
2. DAL tie + MIN loss, OR
3. DAL tie + GB loss or tie, OR
4. DAL tie + SEA loss or tie, OR
5. MIN loss + GB loss + SEA loss + NO loss or tie + TB loss or tie
Note: There are other scenarios in which Dallas can clinch a playoff berth based on strength of victory tiebreaker.

NFC NORTH

Minnesota can clinch division title with:
1. MIN win + GB loss + MIN clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over GB
Minnesota can clinch playoff berth with:
1. MIN win + DAL win or tie + SEA loss + NO loss or tie + TB loss or tie
Note: There are other scenarios in which Minnesota can clinch a playoff berth based on strength of victory tiebreaker.
Green Bay can clinch playoff berth with:
1. GB win + DAL win or tie + SEA loss + NO loss or tie
Note: There are other scenarios in which Green Bay can clinch a playoff berth based on strength of victory tiebreaker.

NFC SOUTH

Carolina has clinched division title.

NFC WEST

St. Louis has clinched division title.
St. Louis can clinch first-round bye with:
1. STL win or tie, OR
2. CAR loss or tie

Arizona, Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, N.Y. Giants, N.Y. Jets, Oakland, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington have been eliminated from playoff contention.


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