NFL Playoff Scenarios for Week 17

628x471We are now getting down to crunch time. Some teams around the league were eliminated in Week 16, while the paths for others became a lot more difficult by virtue of a few different games on the second-to-last weekend of the year.  Let’s check out NFL playoff scenarios for the final week of the regular year.

 

American Football Conference

Denver Broncos (12-3): Clinches home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win/tie against the Oakland Raiders or a New England Patriots loss/tie against the Buffalo Bills.

New England Patriots (11-4): Clinches home-field advantage with a win and a Broncos loss. Clinches first-round bye with a win/tie or Cincinnati Bengals loss/tie to the Baltimore Ravens.

Cincinnati Bengals (10-5): Clinches first-round bye with a win and Patriots loss

Indianapolis Colts (10-5): Clinches first-round bye with a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars and a Patriots loss as well as a Bengals loss/tie.

Miami Dolphins (8-7): Clinches playoff spot with a win over the New York Jets and a Ravens loss/tie. Can also clinch with a win and a San Diego Chargers win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Baltimore Ravens (8-7):  Clinches playoff spot with a win and a Chargers loss/tie. Can also clinch with a loss if the Dolphins and Chargers both loss and the Steelers lose or tie.

San Diego Chargers (8-7): Clinches playoff spot with a win and losses/ties by both the Dolphins and Ravens.

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8): Clinches playoff spot with a win and losses by the Dolphins, Ravens and Chargers.

 

Likeliest Scenario

1. Denver Broncos

2. New England Patriots

3. Cincinnati Bengals

4. Indianapolis Colts

5. Kansas City Chiefs

6. Miami Dolphins

 

National Football Conference

Seattle Seahawks (12-3): Clinches NFC West and home-field advantage with a win over the St. Louis Rams.

Carolina Panthers (11-4): Clinches home-field advantage with a win over the Atlanta Falcons, a San Francisco 49ers win over the Arizona Cardinals and a Seahawks loss. Clinches first-round bye and NFC South with a win or a New Orleans Saints loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Philadelphia Eagles (9-6): Clinches NFC East with a win/tie against the Dallas Cowboys.

Chicago Bears (8-7): Clinches NFC North with a win/tie against the Green Bay Packers.

San Francisco 49ers (11-4): Clinches NFC West and home-field advantage with a win, a loss by the Seahawks and a loss/tie by the Panthers. Clinches NFC West and first-round bye with a win and a Seahawks loss.

New Orleans Saints (10-5): Clinches playoff spot with a win or a Cardinals loss.

Arizona Cardinals (10-5): Clinches playoff spot with a win and a Saints loss/tie.

Dallas Cowboys (8-7): Clinches NFC East with a win.

Green Bay Packers (7-7-1): Clinches NFC North with a win.

 

Likeliest Scenario 

1. Seattle Seahawks

2. Carolina Panthers

3. Philadelphia Eagles

4. Chicago Bears

5. San Francisco 49ers

6. New Orleans Saints