Updated Playoff Picture Heading Into Week 17

The updated playoff picture heading into Week 17:

AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

1. Tennessee Titans (13-2) – Clinched No. 1 seed, AFC South title, first-round bye and home-field advantage through AFC playoffs.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-4) – Clinched No. 2 seed, AFC North title and first-round bye.

3. Miami Dolphins (10-5)
– Clinch No. 3 seed and AFC East title with:
a) win at NY Jets, OR
b) tie vs. NY Jets AND New England loss/tie at Buffalo.

Clinch No. 6 seed with tie AND Baltimore loss to Jacksonville (AND New England win).

4. Denver Broncos (8-7) – Clinch AFC West title, No. 4 seed and first-round playoff game vs. Indianapolis with win or tie at San Diego.

5. Indianapolis Colts (11-4)
– Clinched No. 5 seed and first-round playoff game at Denver/San Diego.

6. Baltimore Ravens (10-5)
– Clinch playoff berth, No. 6 seed and first-round playoff game at AFC East champion with:
a) win over Jacksonville, OR
b) New England loss at Buffalo, OR
c) tie AND Miami and/or New England tie.

Still alive

New England Patriots (10-5) – Can clinch No. 3 seed and AFC East title with:
a) win AND Miami loss/tie at NY Jets, OR
b) tie AND Miami loss.

Can clinch No. 6 seed with:
a) win at Buffalo AND Baltimore loss/tie vs. Jacksonville, OR
b) tie AND Baltimore loss.

New York Jets (9-6) – Can clinch No. 3 seed and AFC East title with: win over Miami AND New England loss at Buffalo.
• Can clinch No. 6 seed with: win AND Baltimore loss to Jacksonville (AND New England win/tie).

San Diego Chargers (7-8) – Can clinch AFC West title, No. 4 seed and first-round game vs. Indianapolis with win vs. Denver.

NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

1. New York Giants (12-3) – Clinched No. 1 seed, NFC East title, first-round bye and home-field advantage through NFC playoffs.

2. Carolina Panthers (11-4)
– Clinched playoff berth. Can clinch No. 2 seed, NFC South title and first-round bye with:
a) win/tie at New Orleans OR
b) Atlanta loss/tie to St. Louis.

Will be No. 5 seed with: loss at New Orleans AND Atlanta win over St. Louis.

3. Minnesota Vikings (9-6)
– Clinch No. 3 seed and NFC North title with:
a) win vs. NY Giants, OR
b) Chicago loss at Houston, OR
c) tie AND Chicago tie.

Clinches No. 6 seed with:
a) tie AND Dallas loss at Philadelphia AND Tampa Bay loss to Oakland.

4. Arizona Cardinals (8-7) – Clinched No. 4 seed and NFC West title.

5. Atlanta Falcons (10-5) – Clinched playoff berth (Atlanta would own tiebreaker with Tampa Bay based on better record vs. common opponents, 9-3 to 8-4, and Atlanta beat Chicago head to head). Can clinch No. 2 seed, NFC South title and first-round bye with win over St. Louis AND Carolina loss at New Orleans (Atlanta would own tiebreaker over Carolina because of better conference record, 8-4 to 7-5). Can clinch at worst No. 5 seed and first-round game at Arizona with win over St. Louis.

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-6) – Currently the No. 6 seed because of better conference record (8-4) than Dallas (7-4) and Chicago (7-5). However, Dallas will win the tiebreaker if teams finish 10-6 because both teams will have 8-4 conference record (eliminating Chicago), and Dallas beat Tampa Bay head to head.

Still alive

• Dallas Cowboys (9-6) – Can clinch playoff berth with a win at Philadelphia. Can also clinch with tie AND Tampa Bay loss to Oakland AND either Chicago loss/tie at Houston or Minnesota loss to NY Giants.

• Chicago Bears (9-6)
– Can clinch No. 3 seed and NFC North title with win/tie at Houston AND Minnesota loss at NY Giants. Can clinch playoff berth with win AND Tampa Bay loss/tie AND Dallas loss.

• Philadelphia Eagles (8-6-1)
– Can clinch playoff berth with win over Dallas AND Tampa Bay loss AND either Minnesota loss or Chicago loss.


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