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NFL playoff scenarios for Week 15

As the NFL playoffs draw closer, more teams can clinch a berth in Week 15.

Two weeks ago, the only team that could clinch anything regarding the playoffs was the Dallas Cowboys. Now, heading into Week 15 of the 17-week regular season, nearly every game means something when it comes to the playoff scenarios.

Here are the teams that can clinch a division title or playoff berth under different circumstances:

NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 15

AFC

 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (11-2)

(at Denver (8-5), Sunday)

New England clinches AFC East division with:

  • NE win or tie OR
  • MIA loss or tie

New England clinches a first-round bye with:

  • NE win or tie OR
  • MIA loss or tie + PIT loss or tie
  • MIA loss or tie + KC win

 

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (10-3)

(vs. Tennessee (7-6), Sunday)

Kansas City clinches a playoff berth with:

  • KC win OR
  • KC tie + MIA loss OR
  • KC tie + DEN loss or tie OR
  • DEN loss + BAL loss or tie OR
  • DEN loss + PIT loss or tie

 

OAKLAND RAIDERS (10-3)

(at San Diego (5-8), Sunday)

Oakland clinches a playoff berth with:

  • OAK win OR
  • OAK tie + MIA loss OR
  • OAK tie + DEN loss OR
  • OAK tie + MIA tie + DEN tie OR
  • OAK tie + MIA tie + KC win OR
  • MIA loss + PIT loss or tie + DEN loss OR
  • MIA loss + PIT loss or tie + KC win or tie OR
  • MIA loss + BAL loss or tie + DEN loss OR
  • MIA loss + BAL loss or tie + KC win or tie

 

NFC

CLINCHED: Dallas – playoff berth

DALLAS COWBOYS (11-2)

(vs. Tampa Bay (8-5), Sunday night)

Dallas clinches NFC East division and a first-round bye with:

  • DAL win + NYG loss or tie OR
  • DAL tie + NYG loss

Dallas clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

  • DAL win + NYG/DET tie

 

DETROIT LIONS (9-4)

(at New York Giants (9-4), Sunday)

Detroit clinches NFC North division with:

  • DET win + GB loss or tie OR
  • DET tie + GB loss + MIN loss or tie

 

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (8-4-1)

(vs. Los Angeles (4-9), Thursday night)

Seattle clinches NFC West division with:

  • SEA win or tie OR
  • AZ loss or tie

 

NEW YORK GIANTS (9-4)

(vs. Detroit (9-4), Sunday)

New York clinches a playoff berth with:

  • NYG win + WAS loss + MIN loss or tie + GB loss or tie


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