clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

NFL playoff picture 2017: Steelers, Patriots, Eagles secure wild card bye

The playoff picture is taking shape and while much is known, there are still many teams who can clinch a playoff berth in the final week of the 2017 NFL season.

New England Patriots v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

It pains me to write about the Steelers looking good (if not great) and how they’ve clinched the playoffs and how should have the rest of the AFC scared. But unfortunately, that’s all true and the Steelers joined the Patriots in securing a wild card weekend bye with Week 16 wins.

In the NFC, the Eagles secured homefield advantage throughout the playoffs with their win over the Raiders in Week 16.

The last time the Eagles won at least 13 games, they went to the Super Bowl. And the last two times the Steelers had a playoff bye, they went to the Super Bowl. So, there’s that. Unfortunately for the Eagles though, they’re much less of a threat with Carson Wentz sidelined due to an ACL tear suffered three few weeks ago.

Here’s a look at the AFC and NFC playoff pictures, who has clinched and what remains to be secured in the final week of the 2017 NFL season. The Bengals will be part of a 4:25 p.m. ET game against the Ravens that will determine Baltimore’s postseason fate. If the Ravens beat the Bengals, it’s simple: they’re going to the playoffs.

AFC

  1. New England Patriots (12-3)***
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3)***
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars (10-5)**
  4. Kansas City Chiefs (9-6)**
  5. Baltimore Ravens (9-6)
  6. Tennessee Titans (8-7)

*** clinched first round bye

**clinched division

*clinched playoff spot

In the hunt:

Los Angeles Chargers (8-7)

Buffalo Bills (8-7)

Eliminated:

Oakland Raiders (6-9)

Miami Dolphins (6-9)

Cincinnati Bengals (6-9)

Denver Broncos (5-10)

New York Jets (5-10)

Houston Texans (4-11)

Indianapolis Colts (3-12)

Cleveland Browns (0-15)

NFC

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (13-2)****
  2. Minnesota Vikings (12-3)**
  3. Los Angeles Rams (11-4)**
  4. New Orleans Saints (11-4)*
  5. Carolina Panthers (11-4)*
  6. Atlanta Falcons (9-6)

**** clinched homefield advantage and first round bye in playoffs

*** clinched first round bye

**clinched division

*clinched playoff spot

In the hunt:

Seattle Seahawks (9-6)

Eliminated:

Detroit Lions (8-7)

Dallas Cowboys (8-7)

Green Bay Packers (7-8)

Washington (7-8)

Arizona Cardinals (7-8)

San Francisco 49ers (5-10)

Chicago Bears (5-10)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11)

New York Giants (2-13)


AFC Week 17 playoff clinching scenarios

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (12-3) (vs. New York Jets (5-10), Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET)

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

1) NE win OR

2) PIT loss OR

3) NE tie + PIT tie

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (12-3) (vs. Cleveland (0-15), Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET)

Pittsburgh clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1) PIT win + NE loss or tie OR

2) PIT tie + NE loss

BALTIMORE RAVENS (9-6) (vs. Cincinnati (6-9), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Baltimore clinches a playoff berth with:

1) BAL win or tie OR

2) BUF loss or tie OR

3) TEN loss or tie

TENNESSEE TITANS (8-7) (vs. Jacksonville (10-5), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Tennessee clinches a playoff berth with:

1) TEN win OR

2) TEN tie + BUF loss or tie + LAC loss or tie OR

3) BUF loss + LAC loss

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (8-7) (vs. Oakland (6-9), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Los Angeles clinches a playoff berth with:

1) LAC win + TEN loss or tie + BUF loss or tie OR

2) LAC win + TEN loss or tie + BAL win or tie OR

3) LAC tie + TEN loss + BUF loss or tie

BUFFALO BILLS (8-7) (at Miami (6-9), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Buffalo clinches a playoff berth with:

1) BUF win + BAL loss OR

2) BUF win + LAC loss or tie + TEN loss or tie OR

3) BUF tie + LAC loss + TEN loss

NFC Week 17 playoff clinching scenarios

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (12-3) (vs. Chicago (5-10), Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET)

Minnesota clinches a first-round bye with:

1) MIN win or tie OR

2) ​CAR loss or tie OR

3) NO win OR

4) LAR win

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (11-4) (at Tampa Bay (4-11), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

New Orleans clinches NFC South division title with:

1) NO win OR

2) CAR loss OR

3) NO tie + CAR tie

CAROLINA PANTHERS (11-4) (at Atlanta (9-6), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Carolina clinches NFC South division title with:

1) CAR win + NO loss or tie OR

2) CAR tie + NO loss

Carolina clinches a first-round bye with:

1) CAR win + NO loss or tie + MIN loss + LAR loss or tie

ATLANTA FALCONS (9-6) (vs. Carolina (11-4), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Atlanta clinches a playoff berth with:

1) ATL win OR

2) SEA loss OR

3) ATL tie + SEA tie

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-6) (vs. Arizona (7-8), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Seattle clinches a playoff berth with:

1) SEA win + ATL loss or tie OR

2) SEA tie + ATL loss