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NFL Week 17: Clinching scenarios

Ten of the twelve playoff spots have now been decided, but with only one of the twelve seeds actually confirmed - fourth seed in the NFC, th


Ten of the twelve playoff spots have now been decided, but with only one of the twelve seeds actually confirmed – fourth seed in the NFC, the Washington Redskins – there’s still plenty of meaningful games on Sunday. Here are all the clinching scenarios for playoff- (and would-be playoff-)bound teams!  

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Tennessee Titans

The Titans will secure the #1 overall pick with:

  • A loss; OR
  • A tie + Browns tie or win

The Titans may also secure the #1 overall pick with a win and a Browns win, as they currently have the weakest Strength of Schedule of any team with 3 or 4 wins, though that may change as a result of tomorrow’s games.

Cleveland Browns

The Browns will secure the #1 overall pick with:

  • A loss + Titans tie or win; OR
  • A tie + Titans win

 

AFC

New England Patriots

The Patriots have already clinched the AFC East and a first-round bye. They can clinch the #1 AFC seed with:

  • A win or tie; OR
  • Broncos tie or loss

Denver Broncos

The Broncos have already clinched a playoff berth. They can clinch the AFC West with:

  • A win or tie; OR
  • Chiefs tie or loss

The Broncos can clinch a first-round bye with:

  • A win; OR
  • A tie + Bengals loss or tie; OR
  • Bengals loss + Chiefs tie or loss

The Broncos can clinch the #1 AFC seed with:

  • A win + Patriots loss

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals have already clinched the AFC North. They can clinch a first-round bye with:

  • Win + Broncos loss or tie; OR
  • Tie + Broncos loss; OR
  • Broncos loss + Chiefs win

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs have already clinched a playoff berth. They can clinch the AFC West with:

  • A win + Denver loss

New York Jets

The Jets can clinch a playoff berth with:

  • A win or tie; OR
  • Steelers tie or loss

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers can clinch a playoff berth with:

  • A win + Jets loss

Houston Texans

The Texans can clinch the AFC South with:

  • A win or tie; OR
  • Colts tie or loss; OR
  • A loss + Colts win + Bengals win or tie; OR
  • A loss + Colts win + Patriots win or tie; OR
  • A loss + Colts win + Saints win or tie; OR
  • A loss + Colts win + Jets win or tie; OR
  • A loss + Colts win + Chargers win or tie; OR
  • A loss + Colts win + Chiefs win + Browns win or tie; OR
  • A loss + Colts win + Chiefs win or tie + Browns win

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts can clinch the AFC South with:

  • A win + Texans loss + Falcons win + Ravens win + Bills win + Broncos win + Dolphins win + Raiders win + Steelers win or tie; OR
  • A win + Texans loss + Falcons win + Ravens win + Bills win + Broncos win + Dolphins win + Raiders win or tie + Steelers win

 

NFC

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers have already clinched the NFC South and a first-round bye. They can clinch with the #1 NFC seed with:

  • A win or tie; OR
  • Cardinals tie or loss

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals have already clinched the NFC West and a first-round bye. They can clinch the #1 NFC seed with:

  • A win + Panthers loss

Green Bay Packers

The Packers have already clinched a playoff berth. They can clinch the NFC North with:

  • A win or tie

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings have already clinched a playoff berth. They can clinch the NFC North with:

  • A win

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Gur Samuel

Hi! I'm Gur and I'm RealSport's Editor-in-Chief. I'm also currently the site's tennis editor, and contribute to our NFL, wrestling and Formula 1 coverage as well. I'm also an NFL analyst for CNN International and contributor to SB Nation, and have contributed to, or been interviewed by, various print, broadcast and online media, including the BBC, Mail Online, ABC, NBC, CBS, the Boston Globe, and Yahoo! Sports.

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