NFL Playoffs: Week 16 Clinching Scenarios

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

The NFL released clinching scenarios for week 16. We start with the Bengals and then work our way through the rest of the league.

The NFL released official clinching scenarios on Tuesday. Here are the Bengals:

WIN THE AFC NORTH

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

CLINCH POSTSEASON BERTH

  1. CIN win + MIA loss or tie OR
  2. CIN tie + MIA loss

Simple as that.

As for the rest of the NFL.

AFC

Clinched:

  • Denver - postseason berth
  • Indianapolis - AFC South champions
  • Kansas City - postseason berth

DENVER BRONCOS

Clinches AFC West and a first-round bye

  1. DEN win + KC loss

Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs

  1. DEN win + KC loss + NE loss or tie

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Clinches the AFC East division:

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

Clinches a first-round bye:

  1. NE win + CIN loss or tie + IND loss or tie OR
  2. NE tie + CIN loss + IND loss

Clinches a postseason berth:

  1. CIN loss or tie

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Clinches a postseason berth:

  1. BAL win + MIA loss + SD loss or tie

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Clinches a postseason berth:

  1. MIA win + BAL loss + CIN loss

NFC

Clinched

  • Seattle - postseason berth

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Clinches the NFC West and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs

  1. SEA win or tie OR
  2. SF loss or tie

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Clinches NFC South division and a first-round bye:

  1. NO win

Clinches a postseason berth:

  1. ARI loss OR
  2. NO tie + SF loss or tie OR
  3. NO tie + ARI tie OR
  4. SF loss + ARI tie

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Clinches a postseason berth:

  1. CAR win OR
  2. CAR tie + ARI loss OR
  3. CAR tie + SF loss OR
  4. ARI loss + SF loss

SAN FRANCISCO

Clinches a postseason berth:

  1. SF win OR
  2. ARI loss OR
  3. SF tie + ARI tie

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Clinches the NFC East division:

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

CHICAGO BEARS

Clinches the NFC North division:

  1. CHI win + DET loss or tie + GB loss
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