NFL Week 16 Playoff Scenarios

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 15: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to pass during a NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers on October 15, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. The Vikings defeated the Packers 23-10.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Week 15 in the NFL certainly had drama. Aaron Rodgers returned and threw three touchdowns and three interceptions while the Green Bay Packers almost pulled out a victory on the road. There was the catch/touchdown that wasn’t at the end of the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers game which, while the officials got it correct, proved once again that the definition of a “catch” needs to be changed and also that the Patriots handle craziness/crisis moments much better than do the Steelers.

    There was Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr fumbling the ball through the side of the end zone, which gave possession to the Dallas Cowboys (another rule that absolutely needs to be changed). In that same game fans saw an official use an index card to determine if Dallas had made a first down. Monday night’s game between the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers came down to a 54-yard field goal attempt as time expired. With only two weeks left in the regular season, Week 16 will probably have its fair share drama too. Here are the NFL Week 16 playoff scenarios along with the current playoff standings.

    NFL Week 16 Playoff Scenarios

    AFC

    New England Patriots 

    • With their win over the Steelers the Pats clinched the AFC East yet again.
    • Patriots clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win AND Steelers loss AND Jacksonville Jaguars loss or tie
    • Patriots clinch a first-round bye with a win AND Steelers loss OR Patriots win AND Jaguars loss or tie OR Patriots tie AND Jaguars loss

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    • Steelers clinch a first-round bye with a win AND Jaguars loss or tie OR Steelers tie AND Jaguars loss

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    • Jaguars clinch the AFC South with a win or tie OR Tennessee Titans loss or tie

    Kansas City Chiefs

    Tennessee Titans

    Still Alive

    The Buffalo Bills are currently the sixth seed, but do not have any clinching scenarios in Week 16. The Ravens, Chargers, Raiders and Miami Dolphins are all still alive to make the playoffs.

    Eliminated

    New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns have all been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

    NFC

    Philadelphia Eagles 

    • The Philadelphia Eagles have clinched the NFC East and a first-round bye.
    • The Eagles clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win OR Minnesota Vikings loss OR Eagles Tie AND Vikings tie

    Minnesota Vikings

    Los Angeles Rams 

    • The Rams clinch the NFC West division with a win or tie OR Seattle Seahawks loss or tie
    • The Rams clinch a playoff berth with a Detroit Lions loss or tie AND Panthers loss AND Falcons loss

    New Orleans Saints 

    • The Saints clinch the NFC South with a win AND Panthers loss
    • The Saints clinch a playoff berth with a win or tie OR Cowboys vs. Seahawks game ends in a tie

    Carolina Panthers

    • The Panthers clinch a playoff berth with a win or tie OR Cowboys vs. Seahawks game ends in a tie

    Atlanta Falcons

    • The Falcons clinch a playoff berth with a win OR Falcons tie AND Cowboys vs. Seahawks game ends in a tie AND Lions loss or tie

    Still Alive

    The Lions, Seahawks and Cowboys are all still alive in the NFC

    Eliminated

    The Packers, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears and New York Giants have all been eliminated from postseason contention.

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