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Week 17 playoff scenarios cheat sheet

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There are still a number of teams fighting for a playoff spot as the playoff picture is still very much in doubt. Check the information below, provided by the NFL Media research team, to see the odds that teams like the Broncos and Seahawks find themselves seeded higher in the postseason.

The percentages below are the chances that a given team ends up a particular seed, all games being determined by a coin flip, all games assuming a winner and loser.

AFC


» The Broncos have a 75 percent chance of ending up with a first-round bye.

» It would be their third consecutive season with a first-round bye, every season under Peyton Manning.

» The only way the Bengals can clinch a first-round bye is with a win vs. the Steelers and a Broncos loss to the Raiders.

» Assuming Denver wins, the winner of Sunday night's game between the Bengals and Steelers will clinch the No. 3 seed and face their AFC North rivals -- the Ravens -- during Wild Card Weekend.

» The loser is assured the No. 5 seed, and will face the Colts during Wild Card Weekend.

NFC


» The Seahawks have been the No. 1 seed twice in franchise history, reaching the Super Bowl both times. There is a 50 percent chance the Seahawks are a No. 1 seed in 2014.

» The winner of Lions-Packers will have a first-round bye and can find themselves with home-field advantage. Meanwhile, the loser is assured the No. 6 seed.

» The odds are overwhelmingly in the favor of the Cardinals winding up with the No. 5 seed. They only have a 12.5 percent chance at finishing with home-field advantage.

» Dallas is all but locked into the No. 3 seed. After their win, the Cowboys have a 25 percent shot at the No. 2 seed.

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