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Breakdown of Every AFC Playoff Scenario For Week 17

Most teams have clinched their spot in the playoffs except the 4 teams battling it out for that final spot. The rest are about clinching their position in the playoffs.

Here are all the possibilities that can happen for the AFC Playoffs.

This breakdown is by Joe Ferreira, who wrote it on CBSSports.com. 

DENVER BRONCOS

Denver can clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with:

1) DEN win or tie

2) NE loss or tie

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

New England can clinch a first-round bye with:

1) NE win or tie

2) CIN loss or tie + IND loss or tie

New England can clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with:

1) NE win + DEN loss

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Cincinnati can clinch a first-round bye with:

1) CIN win + NE loss

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Indianapolis can clinch a first-round bye with:

1) IND win + NE loss + CIN loss or tie

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Miami can clinch a playoff berth with:

1) MIA win + BAL loss or tie

2) MIA win + SD win

3) MIA tie + BAL loss + SD loss or tie

4) MIA tie + BAL tie + SD tie

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Baltimore can clinch a playoff berth with:

1) BAL win + SD loss or tie

2) BAL win + MIA loss or tie

3) BAL tie + MIA loss + SD loss or tie

4) BAL tie + MIA tie + SD loss

5) MIA loss + SD loss + PIT loss or tie

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

San Diego can clinch a playoff berth with:

1) SD win + MIA loss or tie + BAL loss or tie

2) SD tie + MIA loss + BAL loss

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Pittsburgh can clinch a playoff berth with:

1) PIT win + MIA loss + BAL loss + SD 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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