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NFL Playoffs: Week 16 Clinching Scenarios

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

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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