Week 17 NFL Playoff-Clinching Scenarios

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There are nine teams that will have the chance to clinch something related to this season’s NFL playoffs this week. There are a total of 14 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 (13-2)

  • 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 or tie
    • An Oakland Raiders loss or tie

i-15 Oakland Raiders, AFC West Division (12-3)

  • Oakland has already clinched a playoff berth.
  • Oakland clinches the AFC West division title and a first-round bye with…
    • A win or tie
    • A Kansas City Chiefs loss or tie
  • Oakland clinches home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with…
    • A win and a New England Patriots loss

i-13 Kansas City Chiefs, AFC West Division (11-4)

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

i-3 Miami Dolphins, AFC East Division (10-5)

  • Miami has already clinched a playoff berth.

i-4 Pittsburgh Steelers, AFC North Division (10-5)

  • Pittsburgh has already clinched the AFC North division title.

i-10 Houston Texans, AFC South Division (9-6)

  • Houston has already clinched the AFC South division title.

 

NFC

i-19 Dallas Cowboys, NFC East Division (13-2)

  • Dallas has already clinched the NFC East division title and home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

i-27 Atlanta Falcons, NFC South Division (10-5)

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

i-18 New York Giants, NFC East Division (10-5)

  • New York has already clinched a playoff berth.

i-28 Seattle Seahawks, NFC West Division (9-5-1)

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

i-20 Green Bay Packers, NFC North Division (9-6)

  • Green Bay clinched the NFC North division title with…
    • A win or tie
  • Green Bay clinches a playoff berth with…
    • A Washington Redskins loss
    • A Washington Redskins tie, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers win, and Green Bay clinches at least a tie in strength of victory over the Buccaneers, which happens as long as at least one of the following teams wins or ties: the Houston Texans, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Philadelphia Eagles, or the Seattle Seahawks

i-22 Detroit Lions, NFC North Division (9-6)

  • Detroit clinches the NFC North division title with…
    • A win
  • Detroit clinches a first-round bye with…
    • A win, a Seattle Seahawks loss or tie, and an Atlanta Falcons loss
  • Detroit clinches a playoff berth with…
    • A tie
    • A Washington Redskins loss or tie

i-16 Washington Redskins, NFC East Division (8-6-1)

  • Washington clinches a playoff berth with…
    • A win and a Green Bay Packers/Detroit Lions non-tie
    • A tie, a Green Bay Packers loss, and a Tampa Bay Buccaneers loss or tie

i-26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFC South Division (8-7)

  • Tampa Bay clinches a playoff berth with…
    • A win, a Washington Redskins tie, a Green Bay Packers loss, and Tampa Bay clinches the strength of victory tiebreaker over Green Bay, which happens if the Tennessee Titans, the Indianapolis Colts, the Dallas Cowboys, and the San Francisco 49ers all win

 

-Asher Fair

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