Week 15 playoff scenarios

Kudos to the NFL officials who sit down and map out exactly what it will take for each team to clinch a playoff spot. They clearly have more patience than most.

Their work has yielded more scenarios for the coming week of the NFL season. Compliments of the NFL, here are this weekend’s playoff scenarios:

NFC

CLINCHED: N.Y. Giants – NFC East.
Arizona – NFC West.
ELIMINATED: Detroit, St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle.

NEW YORK GIANTS

NY Giants clinch a first-round bye with:

1) NYG win or tie OR
2) MIN loss + ATL loss or tie OR
3) MIN loss + CAR win or tie OR
4) MIN-ARI game ends in a tie.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Minnesota clinches NFC North Division with:

• MIN win + CHI loss.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Tampa Bay clinches a playoff spot with:

1) TB win + DAL loss or tie OR
2) TB win + PHI loss or tie.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Carolina clinches a playoff spot with:

1) CAR win + DAL loss or tie OR
2) CAR win or tie + ATL loss or tie OR
3) CAR tie + DAL loss + PHI loss or tie OR
4) ATL loss + DAL loss + WAS loss or tie OR
5) ATL loss + DAL loss + CHI loss or tie OR
6) ATL loss + PHI loss + WAS loss or tie + CHI loss or tie.

AFC

CLINCHED: Tennessee – AFC South and first-round bye.
ELIMINATED: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Oakland.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Tennessee clinches homefield advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1) TEN win + PIT loss or tie OR
2) TEN tie + PIT loss.

DENVER BRONCOS

Denver clinches AFC West Division with:

1) DEN win or tie OR
2) SD loss or tie.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Pittsburgh clinches AFC North Division and a first-round bye with:

• PIT win.

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff spot with:

1) PIT tie + NE loss or tie OR
2) PIT tie + MIA loss or tie + NYJ loss or tie OR
3) NE loss + NYJ loss or tie OR
4) NE loss + MIA loss or tie OR
5) NYJ loss + MIA loss.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Indianapolis clinches a playoff spot with:

1) IND win + NE loss + NYJ loss or tie OR
2) IND win + NE loss + MIA loss or tie OR
3) IND win + MIA loss + NYJ loss.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Baltimore clinches a playoff spot with:

1) BAL win + NE loss + NYJ loss or tie OR
2) BAL win + NE loss + MIA loss or tie OR
3) BAL win + MIA loss + NYJ loss + IND loss or tie OR
4) BAL win + MIA loss + NYJ loss + IND clinches strength of victory
tiebreaker over MIA.

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