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PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 16

AFC

CLINCHED: New England – AFC East division title and first-round bye

Oakland – playoff berth

 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (12-2) (vs. New York Jets (4-10), Saturday)

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

  1. NE win + OAK loss or tie OR
  2. NE tie + OAK loss

OAKLAND RAIDERS (11-3) (vs. Indianapolis (7-7), Saturday)

Oakland clinches AFC West division title and a first-round bye with:

  1. OAK win + KC loss or tie OR
  2. OAK tie + KC loss

 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (9-5) (vs. Baltimore (8-6), Sunday)

Pittsburgh clinches AFC North division title with:

  1. PIT win

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (10-4) (vs. Denver (8-6), Sunday night)

Kansas City clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. KC win or tie OR
  2. BAL loss or tie

HOUSTON TEXANS (8-6) (vs. Cincinnati (5-8-1), Saturday night)

Houston clinches AFC South division title with:

  1. HOU win + TEN loss

MIAMI DOLPHINS (9-5) (at Buffalo (7-7), Saturday)
Miami clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. MIA win + DEN loss or tie OR
  2. MIA tie + BAL loss + DEN loss + HOU loss or tie OR
  3. MIA tie + BAL loss + DEN loss + TEN loss or tie

NFC

CLINCHED: Dallas – playoff berth

Seattle – NFC West division title

DALLAS COWBOYS (12-2) (vs. Detroit (9-5), Monday night) 

Dallas clinches NFC East division title and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

  1. DAL win or tie OR
  2. NYG loss or tie

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-4-1) (vs. Arizona (5-8-1), Saturday)

Seattle clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. SEA win + DET loss + ATL loss or tie

NEW YORK GIANTS (10-4) (at Philadelphia (5-9), Thursday night)

New York clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. NYG win or tie OR
  2. DET loss or tie OR
  3. GB loss or tie OR
  4. TB loss or tie OR
  5. ATL loss

 

DETROIT LIONS (9-5) (at Dallas (12-2), Monday night)

Detroit clinches NFC North division title with:

  1. DET win + GB loss or tie OR
  2. DET tie + GB loss

Detroit clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. DET win + TB loss or tie OR
  2. DET tie + TB loss OR
  3. DET tie + TB tie + ATL win OR
  4. WAS loss or tie + TB loss + ATL win or tie

 

ATLANTA FALCONS (9-5) (at Carolina (6-8), Saturday)

Atlanta clinches NFC South division title with:

  1. ATL win + TB loss or tie OR
  2. ATL tie + TB loss

Atlanta clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. ATL win + ATL clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over DET OR
  2. ATL win or tie + GB loss or tie OR
  3. ATL win + DET loss or tie OR
  4. ATL tie + DET tie OR
  5. WAS loss or tie + GB loss OR
  6. WAS loss or tie + GB tie + DET loss

GREEN BAY PACKERS (8-6) (vs. Minnesota (7-7), Saturday)

Green Bay clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. GB win + WAS loss or tie + TB loss + ATL win or tie + GB clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over TB

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (8-6) (at New Orleans (6-8), Saturday)

Tampa Bay clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. TB win + GB loss + DET loss + WAS loss OR

TB win + GB loss + DET loss + WAS tie + TB clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over DET

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CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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