Week 16 NFL Playoff-Clinching Scenarios

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There are 13 teams that will have the chance to clinch something related to this season’s NFL playoffs this week. There are a total of 22 NFL teams still alive to make it into the postseason.

Note that each item on a bullet on each list describing how each team can clinch something is independent of the other items on the other bullets. All of them do not have to happen in order for that particular team to clinch.

 

AFC

i-2 New England Patriots, AFC East Division (12-2)

  • New England has already clinched the AFC East division title and a first-round bye.
  • New England clinches home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with…
    • A win and an Oakland Raiders loss or tie
    • A tie and an Oakland Raiders loss

i-15 Oakland Raiders, AFC West Division (11-3)

  • Oakland has already clinched a playoff berth.
  • Oakland clinches the AFC West division title and a first-round bye with…
    • A win and a Kansas City Chiefs loss or tie
    • A tie and a Kansas City Chiefs loss

i-13 Kansas City Chiefs, AFC West Division (10-4)

  • Kansas City clinches a playoff berth with…
    • A win or tie
    • A Baltimore Ravens loss or tie

i-3 Miami Dolphins, AFC East Division (9-5)

  • Miami clinches a playoff berth with…
    • A win and a Denver Broncos loss or tie
    • A tie, a Baltimore Ravens loss, a Denver Broncos loss, and a Houston Texans loss or tie
    • A tie, a Baltimore Ravens loss, a Denver Broncos loss, and a Tennessee Titans loss or tie

i-4 Pittsburgh Steelers, AFC North Division (9-5)

  • Pittsburgh clinches the AFC North division title with…
    • A win

i-10 Houston Texans, AFC South Division (8-6)

  • Houston clinched the AFC South division title with…
    • A win and a Tennessee Titans loss

 

 

NFC

i-19 Dallas Cowboys, NFC East Division (12-2)

  • Dallas has already clinched a playoff berth.
  • Dallas clinches the NFC East division title and home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with…
    • A win or tie
    • A New York Giants loss or tie

i-18 New York Giants, NFC East Division (10-4)

  • New York clinches a playoff berth with…
    • A win or tie
    • A Detroit Lions loss or tie
    • A Green Bay Packers loss or tie
    • A Tampa Bay Buccaneers loss or tie
    • An Atlanta Falcons loss

i-28 Seattle Seahawks, NFC West Division (9-4-1)

  • Seattle has already clinched the NFC West division title.
  • Seattle clinches a first-round bye with…
    • A win, a Detroit Lions loss, and an Atlanta Falcons loss or tie

i-27 Atlanta Falcons, NFC South Division (9-5)

  • Atlanta clinches the NFC South division title with…
    • A win and a Tampa Bay Buccaneers loss or tie
    • A tie and a Tampa Bay Buccaneers loss

i-22 Detroit Lions, NFC North Division (9-5)

  • Detroit clinches the NFC North division title with…
    • A win and a Green Bay Packers loss or tie
    • A tie and a Green Bay Packers loss
  • Detroit clinches a playoff berth with…
    • A win and a Tampa Bay Buccaneers loss or tie
    • A tie and a Tampa Bay Buccaneers loss
    • A tie, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers tie, and an Atlanta Falcons win
    • A Washington Redskins loss or tie, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers loss, and an Atlanta Falcons win or tie

i-20 Green Bay Packers, NFC North Division (8-6)

  • Green Bay clinches a playoff berth with…
    • A win, a Washington Redskins loss or tie, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers loss, an Atlanta Falcons win or tie, and Green Bay clinches the strength of victory tiebreaker over Tampa Bay

i-26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFC South Division (8-6)

  • Tampa Bay clinches a playoff berth with…
    • A win, a Green Bay Packers loss, a Detroit Lions loss, and a Washington Redskins loss
    • A win, a Green Bay Packers loss, a Detroit Lions loss, a Washington Redskins tie, and Tampa Bay clinches the strength of victory tiebreaker over Detroit

 

-Asher Fair

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