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NFL Playoff Scenarios for Week 17

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NFC and AFC Playoff scenarios for Week 17 in the National Football League.

NFC SCENARIOS

NFC CLINCHED:
Seattle – playoff spot
Carolina – playoff spot
San Francisco – playoff spot

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (vs. StL)
Seattle clinches NFC West division and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
^^ 1)    SEA win or tie OR
^^  2)    SF loss or tie

CAROLINA PANTHERS (at Atl)
Carolina clinches NFC South division and a first-round bye with:
^^  1)    CAR win or tie OR
^^  2)    NO loss or tie

Carolina clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
^^  1)    CAR win + SEA loss + SF win

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (at Dal)
Philadelphia clinches NFC East division with:
^^  1)    PHI win or tie

CHICAGO BEARS (vs. GB) (Read More)
Chicago clinches NFC North division with:
^^  1)    CHI win or tie

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (at Arz)
San Francisco clinches NFC West division and a first-round bye with:
^^  1)    SF win + SEA loss

San Francisco clinches NFC West division and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
^^ 1)    SF win + SEA loss + CAR loss or tie

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (vs. TB)
New Orleans clinches NFC South division and a first-round bye with:
^^  1)    NO win + CAR loss

New Orleans clinches a playoff spot with:
^^  1)    NO win OR
^^  2)    NO tie + ARI tie OR
^^  3)    ARI loss

ARIZONA CARDINALS (vs. SF)
Arizona clinches a playoff spot with:
^^ 1)    ARI win + NO loss or tie OR
^^ 2)    ARI tie + NO loss

DALLAS COWBOYS (vs. Phi)
Dallas clinches NFC East division with:
^^  1)    DAL win

GREEN BAY PACKERS (at Chi) (Read More)
Green Bay clinches NFC North division with:
^^  1)    GB win


AFC SCENARIOS

AFC CLINCHED:
Denver – AFC West and first-round bye
New England – AFC East
Cincinnati – AFC North
Indianapolis – AFC South
Kansas City – playoff spot

DENVER BRONCOS (at Oak)
Denver clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
^^ 1)    DEN win or tie OR
^^ 2)    NE loss or tie

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (vs. Buf)
New England clinches a first-round bye with:
^^ 1)    NE win or tie OR
^^ 2)    CIN loss or tie + IND loss or tie

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
^^  1)    NE win + DEN loss

CINCINNATI BENGALS (vs. Bal)
Cincinnati clinches a first-round bye with:
^^ 1)    CIN win + NE loss

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (vs. Jax)
Indianapolis clinches a first-round bye with:
^^  1)    IND win + NE loss + CIN loss or tie

MIAMI DOLPHINS (vs. NYJ)
Miami clinches a playoff spot with:
^^  1)    MIA win + BAL loss or tie OR
^^  2)    MIA win + SD win OR
^^  3)    MIA tie + BAL loss + SD loss or tie OR
^^  4)    MIA tie + BAL tie + SD tie

BALTIMORE RAVENS (at Cin)
Baltimore clinches a playoff spot with:
^^  1)    BAL win + SD loss or tie OR
^^  2)    BAL win + MIA loss or tie OR
^^  3)    BAL tie + MIA loss + SD loss or tie OR
^^  4)    BAL tie + MIA tie + SD loss OR
^^  5)    MIA loss + SD loss + PIT loss or tie

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (vs. KC)
San Diego clinches a playoff spot with:
^^  1)    SD win + MIA loss or tie + BAL loss or tie OR
^^  2)    SD tie + MIA loss + BAL loss

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (vs. Cle)
Pittsburgh clinches a playoff spot with:
^^  1)    PIT win + MIA loss + BAL loss + SD loss

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