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Playoff Scenarios for the Steelers and Other AFC Clubs

Here are all the various playoff scenarios for the Steelers and the rest of the AFC playoff contenders as we get closer to the start of week 15.

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CLINCHED: New England – playoff spot

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Pittsburgh clinches AFC North division with:

  1. PIT win + BAL loss + PIT clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over BAL

Pittsburgh clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. PIT win + BAL loss + PIT clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over BAL and JAX OR
  2. PIT win + BAL loss + JAX loss or tie + PIT clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over BAL

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff spot with:

  1. PIT win or tie OR
  2. IND loss or tie + SD loss or tie OR
  3. IND loss or tie + KC loss

There are other scenarios in which the Steelers may clinch a playoff spot if they clinch the strength of victory tiebreaker over certain teams this weekend.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

New England clinches AFC East division and a first-round bye with:

  1. NE win + NYJ loss or tie OR
  2. NE tie + NYJ loss

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Jacksonville clinches AFC South division with:

  1. JAX win

NEW YORK JETS

New York Jets clinch a playoff spot with:

  1. NYJ win + MIA loss or tie + IND loss or tie + KC loss OR
  2. NYJ win + MIA loss or tie + IND loss or tie + SD loss or tie OR
  3. NYJ tie + MIA loss + IND loss or tie + SD loss

There are other scenarios in which the Jets may clinch a playoff spot if they clinch the strength of victory tiebreaker over certain teams this weekend.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Baltimore clinches a playoff spot with:

  1. BAL win + IND loss or tie + SD loss or tie OR
  2. BAL win + IND loss or tie + MIA loss or tie + KC loss OR
  3. BAL tie + MIA loss or tie + SD loss + IND loss

There are other scenarios in which the Ravens may clinch a playoff spot if they clinch the strength of victory tiebreaker over certain teams this weekend.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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