Week 16 Playoff Scenarios

The Vikings' playoff scenario can become complicated if they and Green Bay end up with the same record at the end of the season, but the Vikings are far from the only team with a muddy playoff picture. Here are the playoff scenarios riding on Week 16.


2003 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS


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


IF MIAMI WINS MONDAY NIGHT:
Tennessee can clinch playoff berth with:
1) TEN win, OR
2) MIA loss, OR
3) TEN tie + DEN loss, OR
4) TEN tie + MIA tie


IF MIAMI LOSES MONDAY NIGHT:
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


IF MIAMI WINS MONDAY NIGHT:
Denver can clinch playoff berth with:

1) DEN win + MIA loss + BAL loss or tie, OR
2) DEN win + MIA loss + CIN loss or tie


IF MIAMI LOSES MONDAY NIGHT:
Denver can clinch playoff berth with:

1) DEN win + BAL loss or tie, OR
2) DEN win + CIN loss or tie, OR
v3) 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.

IF PHILADELPHIA WINS MONDAY NIGHT:
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

IF PHILADELPHIA LOSES MONDAY NIGHT:
Philadelphia can clinch division title with:

1) DAL loss, OR
2) PHI win + DAL tie

Philadelphia can clinch first-round bye with:

1) PHI win + DAL loss or tie, OR
2) DAL loss + CAR loss + MIN loss or tie, OR
3) PHI tie + DAL loss + CAR loss or tie


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


IF PHILADELPHIA LOSES MONDAY NIGHT:
St. Louis can clinch homefield advantage throughout playoffs with:

1) STL win + PHI loss or tie, OR
2) STL tie + PHI loss


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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