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NFL playoff scenarios: Week 16

Two teams in each conference have clinched a playoff spot, but many others have a chance to do the same this weekend. The playoff-clinching scenarios for Week 16 inside.

Two teams in the AFC (the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders) and two teams in the NFC (the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks) have already clinched a playoff spot.

But with two weeks to play, there are numerous teams in line to clinch a playoff spot, a bye or homefield advantage this weekend.

Here is a look at how things can shake out in Week 16:

 

WEEK 16 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS

AFC

CLINCHED

New England – AFC East division title and first-round bye    

Oakland – playoff berth

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (12-2)

(vs. New York Jets (4-10), Saturday)

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

  • NE win + OAK loss or tie OR
  • NE tie + OAK loss

OAKLAND RAIDERS (11-3)

(vs. Indianapolis (7-7), Saturday)

Oakland clinches AFC West division title and a first-round bye with:

  • OAK win + KC loss or tie OR
  • OAK tie + KC loss

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (9-5)

(vs. Baltimore (8-6), Sunday)

Pittsburgh clinches AFC North division title with:

  • PIT win

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (10-4)

(vs. Denver (8-6), Sunday night)

Kansas City clinches a playoff berth with:

  • KC win or tie OR
  • BAL loss or tie

HOUSTON TEXANS (8-6)

(vs. Cincinnati (5-8-1), Saturday night)

Houston clinches AFC South division title with:

  • HOU win + TEN loss

MIAMI DOLPHINS (9-5)

(at Buffalo (7-7), Saturday)

Miami clinches a playoff berth with:

  • MIA win + DEN loss or tie OR
  • MIA tie + BAL loss + DEN loss + HOU loss or tie OR
  • MIA tie + BAL loss + DEN loss + TEN loss or tie

NFC

CLINCHED

Dallas – playoff berth

Seattle – NFC West division title

DALLAS COWBOYS (12-2)

(vs. Detroit (9-5), Monday night)

Dallas clinches NFC East division title and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

  • DAL win or tie OR
  • NYG loss or tie

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-4-1)

(vs. Arizona (5-8-1), Saturday)

Seattle clinches a first-round bye with:

  • SEA win + DET loss + ATL loss or tie

NEW YORK GIANTS (10-4)

(at Philadelphia (5-9), Thursday night)

New York clinches a playoff berth with:

  • NYG win or tie OR
  • DET loss or tie OR
  • GB loss or tie OR
  • TB loss or tie OR
  • ATL loss

DETROIT LIONS (9-5)

(at Dallas (12-2), Monday night)

Detroit clinches NFC North division title with:

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

Detroit clinches a playoff berth with:

  • DET win + TB loss or tie OR
  • DET tie + TB loss OR
  • DET tie + TB tie + ATL win OR
  • WAS loss or tie + TB loss + ATL win or tie

ATLANTA FALCONS (9-5)

(at Carolina (6-8), Saturday)

Atlanta clinches NFC South division title with:

  • ATL win + TB loss or tie OR
  • ATL tie + TB loss

Atlanta clinches a playoff berth with:

  • ATL win + ATL clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over DET OR
  • ATL win or tie + GB loss or tie OR
  • ATL win + DET loss or tie OR
  • ATL tie + DET tie OR
  • WAS loss or tie + GB loss OR
  • WAS loss or tie + GB tie + DET loss

GREEN BAY PACKERS (8-6)

(vs. Minnesota (7-7), Saturday)

Green Bay clinches a playoff berth with:

  • GB win + WAS loss or tie + TB loss + ATL win or tie + GB clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over TB

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (8-6)

(at New Orleans (6-8), Saturday)

Tampa Bay clinches a playoff berth with:

  • TB win + GB loss + DET loss + WAS loss OR
  • TB win + GB loss + DET loss + WAS tie + TB clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over DET


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