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NFL Playoff Scenarios for Week 17

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Taking a look at all of the NFL playoff scenarios, including the impact of week 17 scenarios based on multiple outcomes from Monday Night's game against the Denver Broncos.

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AFC

Clinched:
Patriots - AFC East and First-round bye
Indianapolis Colts - AFC South
Denver Broncos - AFC West
Pittsburgh Steelers - Playoff Berth

Eliminated:
Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills

CINCINNATI BENGALS (v Broncos and at Steelers)

Bengals clinch a postseason berth

1) Bengals win on MNF

Bengals clinch the AFC North:

1) A win in week 17 (Steelers)

If the Bengals lose on MNF, they can clinch a postseason berth in week 17 with:

1) a win OR
2) a tie OR
3) a Ravens loss or tie OR
4) a Chargers loss

If the Bengals win MNF, Bengals clinch a first-round bye with:

1) A win plus a Broncos loss
2) A tie plus a Broncos loss plus a Colts loss or tie

DENVER BRONCOS (at Bengals and v Raiders)

Broncos clinch a first-round bye with:

1) Broncos win (over the Bengals)

If the Broncos beat the Bengals on MNF, the Broncos clinch home-field advantage with:

1) A win plus a Patriots loss or tie
2) a tie plus a Patriots loss

If the Bengals beat the Broncos on MNF, the Broncos clinch a first-round bye with:

1) Win or tie
2) A Bengals loss
2) A Bengals tie plus Colts win

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (v Buffalo)

The Patriots clinch home-field advantage in the AFC (If the Broncos beat the Bengals) with:

1) A win
2) A tie plus a Broncos loss or tie
3) A Broncos loss

If the Bengals beat the Broncos on Monday Night Football, the Patriots clinch home-field advantage.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (v Bengals)

The Steelers clinch the AFC North title with:

1) A win

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (at Kansas City)

The Chargers clinch a postseason berth:

If the Bengals beat the Broncos on MNF

1) A win
2) A tie plus Ravens loss or tie

If the Broncos beat the Bengals on MNF

1) A win
2) A tie plus a Bengals loss
3) A tie plus a Ravens loss or tie

Baltimore Ravens (v Cleveland)

The Ravens clinch a postseason berth:

If the Bengals beat the Broncos on MNF

1) A win plus a Chargers loss or tie
2) A tie plus a Chargers loss

If the Broncos beat the Bengals on MNF

1) A win plus a Bengals loss
2) A win plus a Chargers loss or tie
3) A tie plus a Chargers loss

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (v San Diego)

The Chiefs clinch a postseason berth with:

1) A win plus a Ravens loss plus a Texans loss or tie

HOUSTON TEXANS (v Jacksonville)

The Texans clinch a postseason berth with:

1) A win plus a Ravens loss and a Chargers loss

NFC

Clinched:
Arizona Cardinals - Playoff Berth
Detroit Lions - Playoff Berth
Green Bay Packers - Playoff Berth
Dallas Cowboys - NFC East
Seattle Seahawks - Playoff Berth

Eliminated:
New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles

Dallas Cowboys (at Washington)

Cowboys clinch home-field advantage with:

1) A win plus a Cardinals loss or tie and a Lions-Packers tie

Cowboys clinch a first-round bye with:

1) A win plus a Seahawks loss or tie plus a Cardinals loss or tie
2) A win plus a Lions-Packers tie
3) A tie plus a Seahawks loss plus a Cardinals loss
4) A tie plus a Seahawks tie plus a Cardinals loss or tie and the Lions-Packers game doesn't end in a tie

Detroit Lions (at Green Bay)

Lions clinch the NFC North:

1) A win

Lions clinch home-field advantage with:

1) A win plus a Seahawks loss or tie plus a Cardinals loss or tie
2) A tie plus a Seahawks loss plus a Cardinals loss plus a Cowboys loss or tie

Lions clinch a first-round bye with:

1) A win
2) A tie plus a Cowboys loss or tie
3) A tie plus a Seahawks loss plus a Cardinals loss

Green Bay Packers (v Detroit)

Packers clinch the NFC North:

1) A win

Packers clinch home-field with:

1) A win plus a Seahawks loss or tie

Seattle Seahawks (v St. Louis)

Seahawks clinch the NFC West with:

1) A win
2) A tie plus a Cardinals loss or tie
3) A Cardinals loss

The Seahawks clinch home-field advantage with:

1) A win plus Lions-Packers does not end in a tie
2) A win plus a Cowboys loss or tie
3) A tie plus a Cardinals loss or tie plus a Cowboys loss plus a Lions-Packers tie

The Seahawks clinch a first-round bye with:

1) A win
2) A tie plus a Cardinals loss or tie plus a Cowboys loss
3) A tie plus a Cardinals loss or tie plus a Lions-Packers tie

Arizona Cardinals (at San Francisco)

Cardinals clinch the NFC West with:

1) A win plus Seahawks loss or tie
2) A tie plus a Seahawks loss

Cardinals clinch home-field advantage with:

1) A win plus a Seahawks loss or tie plus a Packers loss or tie
2) A tie plus a Seahawks loss plus a Cowboys loss or tie plus a Packers-Lions tie

Cardinals clinch a first-round bye with:

1) A win plus a Seahawks loss or tie
2) A tie plus a Seahawks loss and a Cowboys loss or tie
3) A tie plus a Seahawks loss and a Lions-Packers tie

Carolina Panthers (at Atlanta)

Panthers clinch NFC South with:

1) A win

Atlanta Falcons (v Carolina)

Falcons clinch NFC South with:

1) A win