Week 16 playoff-clinching scenarios

The Pittsburgh Steelers joined the New England Patriots this week in clinching an AFC playoff berth, while the Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears locked up NFC postseason spots. With only 12 teams mathematically eliminated and only one sure division winner thus far (Bears — NFC North), the Week 16 games could finally provide some clarity. Here are the scenarios:

NFC

CLINCHED:

Atlanta – playoff spot.

Chicago – NFC North Division.

ELIMINATED: Carolina, Detroit, Washington, Dallas, Minnesota, Arizona.

ATLANTA FALCONS

Atlanta clinches NFC South and home-field advantage:

1) ATL win or tie

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Philadelphia clinches NFC East Division:

1) PHI win

2) PHI tie + NYG loss or tie

3) NYG loss

Philadelphia clinches a playoff spot:

1) PHI tie

2) TB loss or tie

CHICAGO BEARS

Chicago clinches a first-round bye:

1) CHI win + PHI loss + NYG loss or tie

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

New Orleans clinches a playoff spot:

1) NO win or tie

2) TB loss or tie

NEW YORK GIANTS

NY Giants clinch a playoff spot:

1) NYG win

AFC

CLINCHED:

New England – playoff spot.

Pittsburgh – playoff spot.

ELIMINATED: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Denver, Cleveland, Houston, Miami.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

New England clinches AFC East Division and home-field advantage:

1) NE win or tie

2) NYJ loss or tie

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

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

1) PIT win + BAL loss

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Kansas City clinches AFC West Division:

1) KC win + SD loss or tie

2) KC tie + SD loss

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Baltimore clinches a playoff spot:

1) BAL win or tie

2) KC loss + JAC loss or tie

3) KC loss + IND loss or tie

4) SD loss or tie + JAC loss or tie

5) SD loss or tie + IND loss or tie

NEW YORK JETS

NY Jets clinch a playoff spot:

1) NYJ win or tie

2) JAC loss or tie

3) IND loss or tie

Check out the playoff picture for a look at the postseason schedule if the season ended today.

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