NFL Playoff Scenarios

NFL Playoff Scenarios

Here are the paths to the playoffs for every team that's mathematically alive entering Week 17, including the three ways Green Bay can earn a first-round bye.

NFC

CLINCHED: Atlanta – NFC South and home-field advantage; Green Bay – NFC North; San Francisco – playoff spot; Seattle – playoff spot.

GREEN BAY (at Minnesota)

Green Bay clinches a first-round bye with:

1) GB win OR

2) GB tie + SF loss or tie OR

3) SF loss + SEA loss or tie

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (vs. Arizona)

San Francisco clinches NFC West division with:

1) SF win or tie OR

2) SEA loss or tie

San Francisco clinches a first-round bye with:

1) SF win + GB loss or tie OR

2) SF tie + GB loss

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (vs. St. Louis)

Seattle clinches NFC West division with:

1) SEA win + SF loss

Seattle clinches a first-round bye with:

1) SEA win + SF loss + GB loss

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (vs. Dallas)

Washington clinches NFC East division with:

1) WAS win or tie

Washington clinches a playoff spot with:

1) CHI loss + MIN loss

DALLAS COWBOYS (at Washington)

Dallas clinches NFC East division with:

1) DAL win

NEW YORK GIANTS (vs. Philadelphia)

New York clinches a playoff spot with:

1) NYG win + DAL loss or tie + CHI loss + MIN loss

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (vs. Green Bay)

Minnesota clinches a playoff spot with:

1) MIN win OR

2) MIN tie + CHI loss or tie OR

3) DAL loss or tie + NYG loss or tie + CHI loss

CHICAGO BEARS (at Detroit)

Chicago clinches a playoff spot with:

1) CHI win + MIN loss or tie OR

2) CHI tie + MIN loss

AFC

CLINCHED: New England – AFC East; Denver – AFC West; Houston – AFC South; Baltimore – AFC North; Indianapolis – playoff spot; Cincinnati – playoff spot.

HOUSTON TEXANS (at Indianapolis)

Houston clinches a first-round bye with:

1) HOU win or tie OR

2) NE loss or tie OR

3) DEN loss

Houston clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1) HOU win OR

2) HOU tie + DEN loss or tie OR

3) NE loss or tie + DEN loss

DENVER BRONCOS (vs. Kansas City)

Denver clinches a first-round bye with:

1) DEN win or tie OR

2) NE loss or tie

Denver clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1) DEN win + HOU loss or tie OR

2) DEN tie + HOU loss

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (vs. Miami)

New England clinches a first-round bye with:

1) NE win + DEN loss OR

2) NE win + HOU loss

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1) NE win + DEN loss + HOU loss


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