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Week 17 NFL Playoff Scenarios

NFC

CLINCHED:
Atlanta – playoff spot.
Chicago – NFC North division.
Philadelphia – NFC East division.

ELIMINATED:
Carolina, Detroit, Washington, Dallas, Minnesota, Arizona,San Francisco.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Philadelphia has clinched NFC East division and still has a chance to earn a first-round bye and homefield advantage next week as of Monday.

CHICAGO BEARS
Chicago has clinched NFC North division and still has a chance to earn a first-round bye and homefield advantage next week as of Monday.

ATLANTA FALCONS
Atlanta clinches NFC South and homefield advantage with a win or tie against New Orleans Monday night. If Atlanta loses tonight, it still has a chance to win the NFC South, a first-round bye and homefield advantage next week.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
New Orleans clinches a playoff spot with a win or tie against Atlanta Monday night and still has a chance to win the NFC South, a first-round bye and homefield advantage next week. If New Orleans loses Monday night, it can still clinch a playoff spot next week with:
1) NO win or tie
2) NYG loss or tie + GB loss or tie

GREEN BAY PACKERS
Green Bay clinches a playoff spot:
1) GB win
2) GB tie + NYG loss or tie + TB loss or tie
3) NYG loss + TB loss

NEW YORK GIANTS
NY Giants clinch a playoff spot:
1) NYG win + GB loss or tie
2) NYG win + NO loses twice
3) NYG tie + GB loss + TB loss or tie

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Tampa Bay clinches a playoff spot:
1) TB win + NO loss to ATL + NYG loss or tie
2) TB win + NO loss to ATL + GB loss or tie
3) TB win + NYG loss or tie + GB loss or tie
4) TB tie + NYG loss + GB loss

ST. LOUIS RAMS
St. Louis clinches NFC West division:
1) STL win or tie

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Seattle clinches NFC West division:
1) SEA win

AFC

CLINCHED:
New England – AFC East division and homefield advantage.
NY Jets – playoff spot.
Pittsburgh – playoff spot.
Baltimore – playoff spot.
Kansas City – AFC West division.

ELIMINATED:
Buffalo, Cincinnati, Denver, Cleveland, Houston, Miami, San Diego, Oakland, Tennessee.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Pittsburgh clinches AFC North division and a first-round bye:
1) PIT win
2) PIT tie + BAL loss or tie
3) BAL loss

BALTIMORE RAVENS
Baltimore clinches AFC North division and a first-round bye:
1) BAL win + PIT loss or tie
2) BAL tie + PIT loss

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Indianapolis clinches AFC South division:
1) IND win or tie
2) JAC loss or tie

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Jacksonville clinches AFC South division:
1) JAC win + IND loss

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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