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NFL Playoff Scenarios for Week 16

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The NFL released official clinching scenarios for teams looking to claim first-round byes, their respective divisions or a playoff spot. And the Bengals can clinch this weekend.

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AFC

Clinched:
Indianapolis - AFC South
New England - AFC East
Denver - AFC West

CINCINNATI BENGALS (v Denver Broncos)

Cincinnati clinches the AFC North with:

1) Bengals win plus Steelers loss plus Ravens loss or tie

Cincinnati clinches a playoff spot with:

1) Bengals win OR
2) Bengals tie plus Ravens loss OR

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (at New York Jets)

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

1) Patriots win plus Broncos loss

New England clinches a first-round bye with:

1) Patriots win OR
2) Patriots tie plus Colts loss or tie OR
3) Colts loss plus Bengals loss or tie plus Steelers loss or tie plus Ravens loss or tie

DENVER BRONCOS (at Cincinnati Bengals)

Denver clinches a first-round bye with:

1) Broncos win OR
2) Broncos tie plus Colts loss or tie

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (v Kansas City Chiefs)

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff berth with:

1) Steelers win

BALTIMORE RAVENS (at Houston Texans)

Baltimore clinches a playoff berth with:

1) Ravens win plus Steelers loss plus Bengals loss OR

ELIMINATED: Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns

NFC

Clinched: 
Arizona - Playoff Berth
Detroit - Playoff Berth

ARIZONA CARDINALS (v Seattle Seahawks)

Arizona clinches NFC West and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

1) Cardinals win

DETROIT LIONS (at Chicago Bears)

Detroit clinches the NFC North with:

1) Lions win plus Packers loss

Detroit clinches a first-round bye with:

1) Lions win plus Packers loss plus Cowboys loss

DALLAS COWBOYS (v Indianapolis Colts)

Dallas clinches NFC East division with:

1) Cowboys win
2) Cowboys tie

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (at Arizona Cardinals)

Seattle clinches a playoff spot with:

1) Seahawks win OR
2) Seahawks tie

GREEN BAY PACKERS (at Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Green Bay clinches a playoff spot with:

1) Packers win OR
2) Packers tie OR

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (v Atlanta Falcons)

New Orleans clinches NFC South with:

1) Saints win plus Panthers loss

ELIMINATED: New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers