Week 17 NFL Playoff Scenarios

December 30, 2020

With the extra playoff spot this year in both the AFC and NFC, the final week of the NFL season is shaping up to be one of the more exciting ones we’ve seen with several games having postseason implications.

Here’s how things breakdown heading into Week 17:

AFC

CLINCHED:
Buffalo Bills – AFC East division title

Kansas City Chiefs – AFC West division title and first-round bye

Pittsburgh Steelers – AFC North division title

Games of interest this week:

BALTIMORE RAVENS (10-5) (at Cincinnati (4-10-1), Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS)
Baltimore clinches playoff berth with:

BAL win OR
CLE loss OR
IND loss OR
BAL tie + MIA loss OR
BAL tie + TEN loss OR
BAL tie + CLE tie OR
BAL tie + IND tie

CLEVELAND BROWNS (10-5) (vs. Pittsburgh (12-3), Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS)
Cleveland clinches playoff berth with:

CLE win OR
IND loss OR
TEN loss + MIA win or tie + BAL win or tie OR
CLE tie + BAL loss OR
CLE tie + MIA loss OR
CLE tie + TEN loss OR
CLE tie + IND tie OR
CLE tie + TEN tie + BAL win + MIA win

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (10-5) (vs. Jacksonville (1-14), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)
Indianapolis clinches AFC South division title with:

IND win + TEN loss or tie OR
IND tie + TEN loss

Indianapolis clinches playoff berth with:

IND win + BAL loss or tie OR
IND win + CLE loss or tie OR
IND win + MIA loss or tie OR
IND tie + BAL loss OR
IND tie + CLE loss OR
IND tie + MIA loss

MIAMI DOLPHINS (10-5) (at Buffalo (11-3), Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS)
Miami clinches playoff berth with:

MIA win OR
BAL loss OR
CLE loss OR
IND loss OR
MIA tie + BAL tie OR
MIA tie + CLE tie OR
MIA tie + IND tie OR
MIA tie + TEN loss

TENNESSEE TITANS (10-5) (at Houston (4-11), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)
Tennessee clinches AFC South division title with:

TEN win OR
IND loss OR
TEN tie + IND tie

Tennessee clinches playoff berth with:

BAL loss OR
MIA loss OR
TEN tie + CLE loss OR
TEN tie + MIA tie OR
TEN tie + BAL tie

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NFC

CLINCHED:
Green Bay Packers – NFC North division title
New Orleans Saints – NFC South division title
Seattle Seahawks – NFC West division title
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – playoff berth

ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-7) (at L.A. Rams (9-6), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)
Arizona clinches playoff berth with:

ARI win OR
ARI tie + CHI loss

CHICAGO BEARS (8-7) (vs. Green Bay (12-3), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Chicago clinches playoff berth with:

CHI win OR
ARI loss OR
CHI tie + ARI tie

DALLAS COWBOYS (6-9) (at N.Y. Giants (5-10), Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX)
Dallas clinches NFC East division title with:

DAL win + WAS loss or tie OR
DAL tie + WAS loss

GREEN BAY PACKERS (12-3) (at Chicago (8-7), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, CBS)
Green Bay clinches the first-round bye with:

GB win or tie OR
SEA loss or tie

LOS ANGELES RAMS (9-6) (vs. Arizona (8-7), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)

Los Angeles clinches playoff berth with:

LAR win or tie OR
CHI loss or tie

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (11-4) (at Carolina (5-10), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)
New Orleans clinches the first-round bye with:

NO win + GB loss + SEA win

NEW YORK GIANTS (5-10) (vs. Dallas (6-9), Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX)
New York clinches NFC East division title with:

NYG win + WAS loss

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (11-4) (at San Francisco* (6-9), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)
Seattle clinches the first-round bye with:

SEA win + GB loss + NO loss or tie

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (6-9) (at Philadelphia (4-10-1), Sunday night, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC)
Washington clinches NFC East division title with:

WAS win OR
WAS tie + DAL loss or tie

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