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NFL Playoff Scenarios

December 17, 2015
Week 15
AFC

Clinched: New England - AFC East

NEW ENGLAND (vs. Tennessee, Sunday)

Clinches first-round bye with:

— Win and Denver loss, or

— Win and Cincinnati loss and Denver tie

CINCINNATI (at San Francisco, Sunday)

Clinches AFC North with:

— Win or tie and Pittsburgh tie, or

— Pittsburgh loss

Clinches playoff spot with:

— Win, or

— N.Y. Jets or Kansas City loss, or

— Tie and Kansas City or N.Y. Jets tie

DENVER (at Pittsburgh, Sunday)

Clinches AFC West with:

— Win and Kansas City loss or tie, or

— Tie and Kansas City loss

Clinches playoff spot with:

— Win, or

— Tie and N.Y. Jets loss

NFC

Clinched: Carolina - NFC South and first-round bye; Arizona - playoff berth

CAROLINA (at N.Y. Giants, Sunday)

Clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

— Win and Arizona loss or tie, or

— Tie and Arizona loss

ARIZONA (at Philadelphia, Sunday night)

Clinches NFC West with:

— Win or tie, or

— Seattle loss or tie, or

— Clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Seattle

Arizona clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over Seattle in scenario 3 if all of the following occurs: Cincinnati win, New Orleans win, Dallas loss, Pittsburgh loss)

Clinches first-round bye with:

— Win and Green Bay loss or tie, or

— Tie and Green Bay loss

GREEN BAY (at Oakland, Sunday)

Clinches playoff spot with:

— Win or tie, or

— Tampa Bay loss or tie and Washington loss or tie, or

— Tampa Bay loss or tie and N.Y. Giants loss or tie

SEATTLE (vs. Cleveland, Sunday)

Clinches playoff spot with:

— Win and Tampa Bay and N.Y. Giants loss or tie, or

— Win and Tampa Bay and Washington loss or tie, or

— Win and Tampa Bay and Atlanta loss or tie and Minnesota loss and Green Bay win or tie, or

— Tie and Tampa Bay loss and Atlanta loss or tie and N.Y. Giants loss, or

— Tie and Tampa Bay and Washington loss and Atlanta and Philadelphia loss or tie

MINNESOTA (vs. Chicago, Sunday)

Clinches playoff spot with:

— Win and Tampa Bay, Washington and Atlanta loss or tie, or

— Win and Tampa Bay, Washington and Seattle loss or tie, or

— Win and Tampa Bay, N.Y. Giants and Atlanta loss or tie, or

— Win and Tampa Bay, N.Y. Giants and Seattle loss or tie, or

— Tie and Tampa Bay and Washington loss and Atlanta and Philadelphia loss or tie, or

— Tie and Tampa Bay and N.Y. Giants loss and Atlanta and Philadelphia loss or tie, or

— Tie and Tampa Bay loss and Atlanta, Washington and N.Y. Giants loss or tie (as long as Washington and N.Y. Giants both don’t tie)

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