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NFL playoff scenarios

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A look at the various NFL playoff scenarios heading into the final week of the regular season:

AFC

Clinched

Denver — AFC West and first-round bye

New England — AFC East

Cincinnati — AFC North

Indianapolis — AFC South

Kansas City — playoff spot

Denver (at Oakland)

Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

— Win or tie, OR

— New England loss or tie

New England (vs. Buffalo)

Clinches first-round bye with:

— Win or tie, OR

— Cincinnati loss or tie and Indianapolis loss or tie

Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

— Win and Denver loss

Cincinnati (vs. Baltimore)

Clinches first-round bye with:

— Win and New England loss

Indianapolis (vs. Jacksonville)

Clinches first-round bye with:

— Win and New England loss and Cincinnati loss or tie

Miami (vs. N.Y. Jets)

Clinches playoff spot with:

— Win and Baltimore loss or tie, OR

— Win and San Diego win, OR

— Tie and Baltimore loss and San Diego loss or tie, OR

— Tie and Baltimore tie and San Diego tie

Baltimore (at Cincinnati)

Clinches playoff spot with:

— Win and San Diego loss or tie, OR

— Win and Miami loss or tie, OR

— Tie and Miami loss and San Diego loss or tie, OR

— Tie and Miami tie and San Diego loss, OR

— Miami loss and San Diego loss and Pittsburgh loss or tie

San Diego (vs. Kansas City)

Clinches playoff spot with:

— Win and Miami loss or tie and Baltimore loss or tie, OR

— Tie and Miami loss and Baltimore loss

Pittsburgh (vs. Cleveland)

Clinches playoff spot with:

— Win and Miami loss and Baltimore loss and San Diego loss

NFC

Clinched

Seattle — playoff spot

Carolina — playoff spot

San Francisco — playoff spot

Seattle (vs. St. Louis)

Clinches NFC West and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

— Win or tie, OR

— San Francisco loss or tie

Carolina (at Atlanta)

Clinches NFC South and a first-round bye with:

— Win or tie, OR

— New Orleans loss or tie

Clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

— Win and Seattle loss and San Francisco win

Philadelphia (at Dallas)

Clinches NFC East division with:

— Win or tie

Chicago (vs. Green Bay)

Clinches NFC North with:

— Win or tie

San Francisco (at Arizona)

Clinches NFC West and first-round bye with:

— Win and Seattle loss

Clinches NFC West and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

— Win and Seattle loss and Carolina loss or tie

New Orleans (vs. Tampa Bay)

Clinches NFC South and first-round bye with:

— Win and Carolina loss

Clinches playoff spot with:

— Win, OR

— Tie and Arizona tie, OR

— Arizona loss

Arizona (vs. San Francisco)

Clinches playoff spot with:

— Win and New Orleans loss or tie, OR

— Tie and New Orleans loss

Dallas (vs. Philadelphia)

Clinches NFC East with:

— Win

Green Bay (at Chicago)

Clinches NFC North with:

— Win

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