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NFL playoff-clinching scenarios for Week 17

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This is it. Week 17, when the playoff scenarios become labyrinthine and the postseason comes down to one scenario of a matrix of possibilities. Some teams are simply win and they're in (Baltimore, Tennessee), while others need some help (Buffalo, Seattle).

You could spend time assembling a wall full of possibilities -- or you could make life easier on yourself by scrolling down to read the breakdown.

AFC


CLINCHED: Pittsburgh -- AFC North and first-round bye; New England -- AFC East and a first-round bye; Jacksonville -- AFC South; Kansas City -- AFC West


NEW ENGLAND

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs:

1) NE win

2) PIT loss

3) NE tie + PIT tie


PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Pittsburgh clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs:

1) PIT win + NE loss or tie

2) PIT tie + NE loss


BALTIMORE RAVENS

Baltimore clinches a playoff berth:

1) BAL win or tie

2) BUF loss or tie

3) TEN loss or tie


TENNESSEE TITANS

Tennessee clinches a playoff berth:

1) TEN win

2) TEN tie + BUF loss or tie + LAC loss or tie

3) BUF loss + LAC loss


LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

L.A. Chargers clinch a playoff berth:

1) LAC win + TEN loss or tie + BUF loss or tie

2) LAC win + TEN loss or tie + BAL win or tie

3) LAC tie + TEN loss + BUF loss or tie


BUFFALO BILLS

Buffalo clinches a playoff berth:

1) BUF win + BAL loss

2) BUF win + LAC loss or tie + TEN loss or tie

3) BUF tie + LAC loss + TEN loss


NFC


CLINCHED: Philadelphia -- NFC East, home-field advantage and first-round bye; Minnesota -- NFC North; L.A. Rams -- NFC West; New Orleans -- Playoff berth; Carolina -- Playoff berth


MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Minnesota clinches a first-round bye:

1) MIN win or tie

2) CAR loss or tie

3) NO win

4) LA Rams win

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

New Orleans clinches NFC South:

1) NO win

2) CAR loss

3) NO tie + CAR tie


CAROLINA PANTHERS

Carolina clinches NFC South:

1) CAR win + NO loss or tie

2) CAR tie + NO loss

Carolina clinches a first-round bye:

1) CAR win + NO loss or tie + MIN loss + LAR loss or tie


ATLANTA FALCONS

Atlanta clinches a playoff berth:

1) ATL win

2) SEA loss

3) ATL tie + SEA tie


SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Seattle clinches a playoff berth:

1) SEA win + ATL loss or tie

2) SEA tie + ATL loss

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