NFL Playoff Clinching Scenarios Week 17

USA TODAY Sports

Taking a look at all of the clinching scenarios for all teams in the NFL heading into week 17, including possible outcomes based on the Monday Night game between San Francisco and Atlanta.

AFC

CLINCHED

Denver - AFC West and first-round bye
New England - AFC East
Cincinnati - AFC North
Indianapolis - AFC South
Kansas City - Playoff Berth

DENVER BRONCOS

Clinches home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with:

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

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Clinches a first-round bye with:

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

Clinches home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with:

  1. NE win plus DEN loss

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. CIN win plus NE loss

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. IND win plus NE loss plus CIN loss or tie

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Clinches a postseason berth with:

  1. MIA win plus BAL loss or tie OR
  2. MIA win plus SD win OR
  3. MIA tie plus BAL loss plus SD loss or tie OR
  4. MIA tie plus BAL tie plus SD tie

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Clinches a postseason berth with:

  1. BAL win plus SD loss or tie OR
  2. BAL win plus MIA loss or tie OR
  3. BAL tie plus MIA loss plus SD loss or tie OR
  4. BAL tie plus MIA tie plus SD loss OR
  5. MIA loss plus SD loss plus PIT loss or tie

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

Clinches a postseason berth with:

  1. SD win plus MIA loss or tie plus BAL loss or tie OR
  2. SD tie plus MIA loss plus BAL loss

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Clinches a postseason berth with:

  1. PIT win plus MIA loss plus BAL loss plus SD loss

NFC

CLINCHED

Seattle - playoff berth
Carolina - playoff berth

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

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

  1. SEA win or tie OR
  2. One SF loss or tie (SF plays on MNF)

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Clinches NFC South division and a first-round bye with:

  1. CAR win or tie OR
  2. NO loss or tie

Clinches home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with:

  1. CAR win plus SEA loss plus two SF wins

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Clinches the NFC East division with:

  1. PHI win or tie

CHICAGO BEARS

Clinches NFC North division with:

  1. CHI win or tie

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Clinches the NFC West division and a first-round bye with:

  1. Two SF wins plus SEA loss

Clinches NFC West division and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

  1. Two SF wins plus SEA loss plus CAR loss or tie

Clinches a postseason berth with:

  1. One SF win OR
  2. SF tie this week plus NO loss OR
  3. SF tie next week

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Clinches the NFC South and a first-round bye with:

  1. NO win plus CAR loss

Clinches a postseason berth with:

  1. NO win OR
  2. NO tie plus SF loss or tie this week OR
  3. NO tie plus ARI loss or tie OR
  4. ARI loss OR
  5. Two SF losses

ARIZONA CARDINALS

Clinches a postseason berth

  1. ARI win plus SF loss or tie this week OR
  2. ARI win plus NO loss or tie OR
  3. ARI tie plus NO loss

DALLAS COWBOYS

Clinches the NFC East with:

  1. DAL win

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Clinches the NFC North with:

  1. GB win
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