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NFL Playoff Scenarios: Week 17

AFC  

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

Pittsburgh – AFC North division title

Houston – AFC South division title

Oakland – playoff berth

Kansas City – playoff berth

Miami – playoff berth

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (13-2) (at Miami (10-5), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

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

NE win or tie OR
OAK loss or tie

OAKLAND RAIDERS (12-3) (at Denver (8-7), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)

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

OAK win or tie OR 
KC loss or tie

Oakland clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with: 

OAK win + NE loss

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (11-4) (at San Diego (5-10), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)

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

KC win + OAK loss

NFC

CLINCHED: Dallas – NFC East division title and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs

Atlanta – NFC South division title

Seattle – NFC West division title

New York Giants – playoff berth

ATLANTA FALCONS (10-5) (vs. New Orleans (7-8), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)

Atlanta clinches a first-round bye with: 

ATL win OR
ATL tie + SEA loss or tie OR
SEA loss + DET loss or tie OR
SEA tie + DET loss

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-5-1) (at San Francisco (2-13), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)

Seattle clinches a first-round bye with: 

SEA win + ATL loss or tie OR
SEA tie + ATL loss + GB/DET tie

DETROIT LIONS (9-6) (vs. Green Bay (9-6), Sunday night, 8:30 PM ET)

Detroit clinches NFC North division title with: 

DET win

Detroit clinches a first-round bye with: 

DET win + SEA loss or tie + ATL loss

Detroit clinches a playoff berth with:

DET tie OR
WAS loss or tie

GREEN BAY PACKERS (9-6) (at Detroit (9-6), Sunday night, 8:30 PM ET)

Green Bay clinches NFC North division title with: 

GB win or tie

Green Bay clinches a playoff berth with: 

WAS loss OR
WAS tie + TB win + GB clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over TB
(Note: GB clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over TB if one of the following teams win or tie: SEA, HOU, JAX, PHI. GB has already clinched strength of schedule tiebreaker over TB in this scenario.)

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (8-6-1) (vs. New York Giants (10-5), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)

Washington clinches a playoff berth with: 

WAS win + GB-DET game does not end in a tie OR
WAS tie + GB loss + TB loss or tie

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (8-7) (vs. Carolina (6-9), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

Tampa Bay clinches a playoff berth with: 

TB win + WAS tie + GB loss + TB clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over GB
(Note: TB clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over GB if all of the following teams win: TEN, IND, DAL and SF)

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