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2018 NFL Playoff Scenarios for Week 16

A breakdown of all NFL playoff scenarios heading into week 16.

NFC

CLINCHED:

  • Los Angeles Rams – NFC West division title
  • New Orleans Saints – NFC South division title
  • Chicago Bears – NFC North division title

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (12-2) (vs. Pittsburgh (8-5-1), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, CBS)

New Orleans clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

  1. NO win OR
  2. NO tie + LAR loss or tie OR
  3. CHI loss or tie + LAR loss

New Orleans clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. NO tie OR
  2. CHI loss or tie OR
  3. LAR loss

LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-3) (at Arizona (3-11), Sunday, 4:05 PM ET, FOX)

Los Angeles clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. LAR win + CHI loss or tie OR
  2. LAR tie + CHI loss

DALLAS COWBOYS (8-6) (vs. Tampa Bay (5-9), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Dallas clinches NFC East division title with:

  1. DAL win OR
  2. DAL tie + PHI loss or tie + WAS loss or tie OR
  3. PHI loss + WAS loss

Dallas clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. DAL tie + MIN loss

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (8-6) (vs. Kansas City (11-3), Sunday night, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)

Seattle clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. SEA win + WAS loss or tie OR
  2. SEA win or tie + MIN loss OR
  3. SEA win + SEA clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over WAS OR
  4. SEA win + MIN tie + SEA clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over MIN OR
  5. SEA tie + WAS loss + PHI loss or tie

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (7-6-1) (at Detroit (5-9), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Minnesota clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. MIN win+ PHI loss or tie + WAS loss

AFC

CLINCHED:

  • Kansas City Chiefs – Playoff berth
  • Los Angeles Chargers – Playoff berth

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (11-3) (at Seattle (8-6), Sunday night, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)

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

  1. KC win + LAC loss

Kansas City clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

  1. KC win + LAC loss + HOU loss or tie OR
  2. KC win + LAC loss + KC clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over HOU

HOUSTON TEXANS (10-4) (at Philadelphia (7-7), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Houston clinches AFC South division title with:

  1. HOU win or tie OR
  2. IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tie

Houston clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. HOU win + NE loss or tie OR
  2. HOU tie + NE loss

Houston clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. BAL loss or tie OR
  2. PIT loss OR
  3. TEN loss or tie + HOU clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over BAL

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-5) (vs. Buffalo (5-9), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

New England clinches AFC East division title with:

  1. NE win or tie OR
  2. MIA loss or tie

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-5-1) (at New Orleans (12-2), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, CBS)

Pittsburgh clinches AFC North division title with:

  1. PIT win + BAL loss or tie OR
  2. PIT tie + BAL loss

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. PIT win + IND loss + TEN loss

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