2018 NFL Playoff Scenarios

December 27, 2018

It’s the final week of the NFL regular season and there are still plenty of teams fighting for their playoff spot. Some teams have already had their playoff fate sealed while others still have some work to do.

Here are the team-by-team 2018 NFL playoff scenarios for Week 17 on Sunday.

NFC

Clinched

  • New Orleans Saints – NFC South division title and home-field advantage
  • Los Angeles Rams – NFC West division title
  • Chicago Bears – NFC North division title
  • Dallas Cowboys – NFC East division title
  • Seattle Seahawks – playoff berth

RAMS (12-3)
vs. San Francisco (4-11), 4:25 p.m. ET (Fox)

Rams clinch a first-round bye with:

1) Rams win or tie OR
2) Bears loss or tie

BEARS (11-4)
at Minnesota (8-6-1), 4:25 p.m. (Fox)

Bears clinch a first-round bye with:

1) Bears win + LAR loss
2) Bears loss or tie

VIKINGS (8-6-1)
vs. Chicago (11-4), 4:25 p.m. (Fox)

Vikings clinch a playoff berth with:

1) Vikings win or tie OR
2) Eagles loss or tie

EAGLES (8-7)
at Washington (7-8), 4:25 p.m. (Fox)

Eagles clinch a playoff berth with:

1) Eagles win + Vikings loss
2) Eagles loss or tie

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AFC

Clinched

  • Kansas City Chiefs – Playoff berth
  • Los Angeles Chargers – Playoff berth
  • New England Patriots – AFC East division title
  • Houston Texans – Playoff berth

CHIEFS (11-4)
vs. Oakland (4-11), 4:25 p.m. ET (CBS)

Chiefs clinch AFC West division title and home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1) Chiefs win OR
2) Chiefs tie + Chargers loss or tie OR
3) Chargers loss + Patriots loss or tie + Texan loss or tie OR
4) Chargers loss + Patriots loss or tie + Chiefs clinch at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over Texans

Chiefs clinch AFC West division title and a first-round bye with:

1) Chargers loss + Patriots loss or tie OR
2) Charger loss + Texans loss or tie
3) Charger loss + Chiefs clinch at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over Texans

Chiefs clinch AFC West division title with:

1) Chargers loss OR
2) Chiefs tie + Chargers tie

PATRIOTS (10-5)
vs. New York Jets (4-11), 1 p.m. (CBS)

Patriots clinch home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1) Patriots win + Chiefs loss + LAC loss

Patriots clinch a first-round bye with:

1) Patriots win OR
2) Patriots tie + Texans loss or tie OR
3) Ravens loss or tie + Texans loss + Titans loss or tie

TEXANS (10-5)
vs. Jacksonville (5-10), 1 p.m. (CBS)

Texans clinch AFC South division title and home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1) Texans win + Patriots loss or tie + Chiefs loss + Chargers loss + Texans clinch a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over Chiefs

Texans clinch AFC South division title and a first-round bye with:

1) Texans win + Patriots loss or tie OR
2) Texans win + Chiefs loss + Chargers loss + Texans clinches a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over Chiefs OR
3) Texans tie + Patriots loss OR
4) Colts-Titans tie + Patriots loss + Ravens win + Texans clinch a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over Ravens

Texans clinch AFC South division title with:

1) Texans win or tie OR
2) Colts-Titans tie

RAVENS (9-6)
vs. Cleveland (7-7-1), 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Ravens clinch AFC North division title and a first-round bye with:

1) Ravens win + Patriots loss + Texans loss + Colts-Titans does not end in a tie OR
2) Ravens win + Patriots loss + Texans loss + Ravens clinch at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over Texans

Ravens clinch AFC North division title with:

1) Ravens win OR
2) Steelers loss OR
3) Ravens tie + Steelers tie

Ravens clinch a playoff berth with:

1) Ravens tie + Colts-Titans tie

CHARGERS (11-4)
at Denver (6-9), 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Chargers clinch AFC West division title and home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1) Chargers win + Chiefs loss or tie OR
2) Chargers tie + Chiefs loss

COLTS (9-6)
at Tennessee (9-6), 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Colts clinch AFC South division title with:

1) Colts win + Texans loss

Colts clinch a playoff berth with:

1) Colts win OR
2) Colts tie + Steelers loss or tie OR
3) Colts tie + Ravens loss

TITANS (9-6)
vs. Indianapolis (9-6), 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Titans clinch AFC South division title and first-round bye with:

1) Titans win + Texans loss + Patriots loss + Ravens loss or tie

Titans clinch AFC South division title with:

1) Titans win + Texans loss

Titans clinch a playoff berth with:

1) Titans win

STEELERS (8-6-1)
vs. Cincinnati (6-9), 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Steelers clinch AFC North division title with:

1) Steelers win + Ravens loss or tie OR
2) Steelers tie + Ravens loss

Steelers clinch a playoff berth with:

1) Steelers win + Colts-Titans tie

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