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Week 17 Playoff Scenarios

Posted Dec 23, 2013

The Broncos can lock up the AFC's No. 1 seed with a win or tie against Oakland or a New England loss or tie against Buffalo.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Broncos have already locked up the AFC West and a first-round bye.

On Sunday, the club can clinch its second consecutive No. 1 overall seed in the AFC with a win -- or tie -- against the Oakland Raiders. That would give the Broncos home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. Denver can also wrap up the No. 1 spot with a New England loss or tie against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Below are all the playoff scenarios for Week 17 across the NFL.

AFC

CLINCHED:
Denver – AFC West and first-round bye
New England – AFC East
Cincinnati – AFC North
Indianapolis – AFC South
Kansas City – playoff spot

DENVER BRONCOS (at Oak)

Denver clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1) DEN win or tie OR

2) NE loss or tie

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (vs. Buf)

New England clinches a first-round bye with:

1) NE win or tie OR

2) CIN loss or tie, plus IND loss or tie

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

1) NE win, plus DEN loss

CINCINNATI BENGALS (vs. Bal)

Cincinnati clinches a first-round bye with:

1) CIN win, plus NE loss

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (vs. Jax)

Indianapolis clinches a first-round bye with:

1) IND win, plus NE loss, plus CIN loss or tie

MIAMI DOLPHINS (vs. NYJ)

Miami clinches a playoff spot with:

1) MIA win, plus BAL loss or tie OR

2) MIA win, plus SD win OR

3) MIA tie, plus BAL loss, plus SD loss or tie OR

4) MIA tie, plus BAL tie, plus SD tie

BALTIMORE RAVENS (at Cin)

Baltimore clinches a playoff spot with:

1) BAL win, plus SD loss or tie OR

2) BAL win, plus MIA loss or tie OR

3) BAL tie, plus MIA loss, plus SD loss or tie OR

4) BAL tie, plus MIA tie, plus SD loss OR

5) MIA loss, plus SD loss, plus PIT loss or tie

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (vs. KC)

San Diego clinches a playoff spot with:

1) SD win, plus MIA loss or tie, plus BAL loss or tie OR

2) SD tie, plus MIA loss, plus BAL loss

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (vs. Cle)

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff spot with:

1) PIT win, plus MIA loss, plus BAL loss, plus SD loss

 

NFC

CLINCHED:
Seattle – playoff spot
Carolina – playoff spot

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (vs. StL)

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

1) SEA win or tie OR

2) one SF loss or tie

CAROLINA PANTHERS (at Atl)

Carolina clinches NFC South division and a first-round bye with:

1) CAR win or tie OR

2) NO loss or tie

Carolina clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

1) CAR win, plus SEA loss, plus two SF wins

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (at Dal)

Philadelphia clinches NFC East division with:

1) PHI win or tie

CHICAGO BEARS (vs. GB)

Chicago clinches NFC North division with:

1) CHI win or tie

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (vs. Atl; at Arz)

San Francisco clinches NFC West division and a first-round bye with:

1) two SF wins, plus SEA loss

San Francisco clinches NFC West division and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

1) two SF wins, plus SEA loss, plus CAR loss or tie

San Francisco clinches a playoff spot with:

1) one SF win OR

2) SF tie this week, plus NO loss OR

3) SF tie next week

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (vs. TB)

New Orleans clinches NFC South division and a first-round bye with:

1) NO win, plus CAR loss

New Orleans clinches a playoff spot with:

1) NO win OR

2) NO tie, plus SF loss or tie this week OR

3) NO tie, plus ARI loss or tie OR

4) ARI loss OR

5) two SF losses

ARIZONA CARDINALS (vs. SF)

Arizona clinches a playoff spot with:

1) ARI win, plus SF loss or tie this week OR

2) ARI win, plus NO loss or tie OR

3) ARI tie, plus NO loss

DALLAS COWBOYS (vs. Phi)

Dallas clinches NFC East division with:

1) DAL win

GREEN BAY PACKERS (at Chi)

Green Bay clinches NFC North division with:

1) GB win