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NFL Playoff Scenarios for Week 16

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

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

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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