Week 15 playoff-clinching scenarios

With only one team (New England) having clinched a playoff spot thus far and 22 teams still alive, there’s a lot that can happen this weekend that will affect the postseason seedings. Here’s a breakdown:

NFC

CLINCHED: None
ELIMINATED: Carolina, Detroit, Washington, Dallas, Minnesota.

ATLANTA FALCONS
Atlanta clinches a playoff spot:

1) ATL win or tie
2) NYG loss or tie
3) CHI loss or tie
4) GB loss or tie

CHICAGO BEARS
Chicago clinches NFC North division:

1) CHI win + GB loss

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
New Orleans clinches a playoff spot:

1) NO win + TB loss or tie + NYG loss or tie
2) NO win + TB loss or tie + CHI loss or tie
3) NO win + TB loss or tie + GB loss or tie
4) NO tie + TB loss + GB loss
5) NO tie + TB loss + NYG loss + CHI loss

NEW YORK GIANTS
NY Giants clinch a playoff spot:

1) NYG win + CHI loss + GB loss + TB loss + NYG clinch strength of victory
tiebreaker over Tampa Bay

AFC

CLINCHED: New England – playoff spot.
ELIMINATED: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Denver, Cleveland.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
New England clinches AFC East division and a first-round bye:

1) NE win + NYJ loss or tie
2) NE tie + NYJ loss

PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Pittsburgh clinches AFC North division:

1) PIT win + BAL loss + PIT clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over BAL
Pittsburgh clinches a first-round bye:
1) PIT win + BAL loss + PIT clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over
BAL and JAC
2) PIT win + BAL loss + JAC loss or tie + PIT clinches strength of victory
tiebreaker over BAL

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff spot:
1) PIT win or tie
2) IND loss or tie + SD loss or tie
3) IND loss or tie + KC loss
There are other scenarios in which Pittsburgh may clinch a playoff spot if
it clinches the strength of victory tiebreaker over certain teams this weekend.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Jacksonville clinches AFC South division:

1) JAC win

NEW YORK JETS
NY Jets clinch a playoff spot:

1) NYJ win + MIA loss or tie + IND loss or tie + KC loss
2) NYJ win + MIA loss or tie + IND loss or tie + SD loss or tie
3) NYJ tie + MIA loss + IND loss or tie + SD loss
There are other scenarios in which New York may clinch a playoff spot if
it clinches the strength of victory tiebreaker over certain teams this weekend.

BALTIMORE RAVENS
Baltimore clinches a playoff spot:

1) BAL win + IND loss or tie + SD loss or tie
2) BAL win + IND loss or tie + MIA loss or tie + KC loss
3) BAL tie + MIA loss or tie + SD loss + IND loss

There are other scenarios in which Baltimore may clinch a playoff spot if
it clinches the strength of victory tiebreaker over certain teams this weekend.

For a look at what the postseason schedule would be if the season ended today, check out the playoff picture.

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