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NFL releases final Week 17 playoff scenarios

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The New England Patriots have wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs and have nothing to play for in Week 17. The Philadelphia Eagles are locked into the NFC No. 3 seed and likewise have nothing to play for.

But for the seven other teams that have clinched playoff spots, their seeds will be determined on Sunday. And seven more teams are still vying for the three remaining playoff positions.

The NFL released the final Week 17 playoff scenarios, and we’ll try to lay them out as simply as possible here.

The Kansas City Chiefs have already clinched the AFC West and the only question is whether they’re the No. 3 or No. 4 seed. The New York Jets have already clinched a wild card spot and the only question is whether they’re the No. 5 or No. 6 seed.

The AFC South champion will be the Colts (if they win or the Jaguars lose) or the Jaguars (if they win and the Colts lose). The AFC North champion will be the Steelers (if they win or the Ravens lose) or the Ravens (if they win and the Steelers lose).

The AFC North runner-up will get a wild card berth, while the AFC South runner-up is out of the playoffs.

In the NFC, the Bears are the only team that has clinched a first-round bye. They can still clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, but they’ll need to win and hope that both the Falcons and Saints lose.

Speaking of the Falcons and Saints, they both could still earn home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs and need just two home wins to reach the Super Bowl — or they could earn the No. 5 playoff seed and need to win three road games to reach the Super Bowl.

For the Falcons, a win earns the No. 1 NFC seed. For the Saints a win and a Falcons loss earns the No. 1 seed, but a loss or a Falcons win makes them No. 5.

The Packers, Giants and Buccaneers are all vying for the No. 6 seed and the right to play at Philadelphia in the wild card round of the playoffs. The Packers just need to win, the Giants need a win and a Packers loss, and the Bucs need to win and have both the Packers and Giants lose. If all three teams lose, the Packers back into the playoffs.

Finally, the last game of the regular season is for the NFC West title: The Rams-Seahawks winner goes to the playoffs and hosts the NFC No. 5 seed, which, as you know if you’ve been following all of this, is probably the Saints.

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35 Responses to “NFL releases final Week 17 playoff scenarios”
  1. zoxitic says: Dec 29, 2010 11:33 AM

    If the Vikings can beat the Eagles, and the Bengals can beat the Chargers, anything can happen.

    Go Titans. We need you.

  2. bradwins says: Dec 29, 2010 11:34 AM

    Man, I really enjoy this site when you guys strictly pass along useful information and don’t editorialize and try to create controversy. I wish everything you published was just as straightforward and football-related as this post.

    Good job, guys.

  3. mean13 says: Dec 29, 2010 11:35 AM

    Falcons will lose their 1st game no matter when it is.

  4. pervyharvin says: Dec 29, 2010 11:36 AM

    You Chicago Bear fans should all bow down and kiss some Viking booty….

  5. jesusjustletmeregister says: Dec 29, 2010 11:38 AM

    God, please don’t let Seattle into the playoffs. At least the Rams would be 8-8 and an excuse for not being good. They are rebuilding and Bradford is a reason to watch.

  6. chrismatthewsucks says: Dec 29, 2010 11:46 AM

    Bucs have not reason to be in the playoffs, they beat no team that is in the playoffs, hell even the seahawks beat the Bears on their turf.

  7. r0b1b0y says: Dec 29, 2010 11:46 AM

    Saints beat Rams
    Packers beat Eagles
    Saints beat Bears
    Packers beat Falcons

    SAINTS host PACKERS in NFC Title Game

    NOT 3 (THREE) ROAD GAMES FOR SAINTS!!!!!!!!!!

  8. bspurloc says: Dec 29, 2010 11:51 AM

    .
    lets go giants!!!!!!!
    bench Eli let Dodge QB!!! gives us a chance to win!!!

  9. medialovesthecowboys says: Dec 29, 2010 11:53 AM

    My brain just exploded

  10. cleanface says: Dec 29, 2010 12:10 PM

    Shouldn’t the Rams/Seahawks game be played in Dayton on the Tuesday before the tournament starts?

  11. boneyardbuc says: Dec 29, 2010 12:15 PM

    chrismatthewsucks says: Dec 29, 2010 11:46 AM

    Bucs have not reason to be in the playoffs, they beat no team that is in the playoffs, hell even the seahawks beat the Bears on their turf.

    ========================================

    The Bucs have swept the NFC West. So, yes, they have beaten a playoff team.

    You obviously have never watched a Bucs game this season, because they are the best young team in the NFL.

  12. cbusbrownie says: Dec 29, 2010 12:19 PM

    Any Bowl games for teams with lousy records like the NCAA does???

  13. tantrim says: Dec 29, 2010 12:23 PM

    I’m not a NFC fan but if a team wins the title that isn’t .500 who really cares.

  14. jdandcoke says: Dec 29, 2010 12:24 PM

    eagles screw giants three times in one year. way to show up eagles. the giants dont deserve to go and probably wont. at least it’ll be nice to see the eagles and jets being one and done.

    im thinking saints or packers vs the pats this year.

  15. RexCanCoach says: Dec 29, 2010 12:26 PM

    AFC playoffs is going to be smash-mouth. Jets and Ravens as the #6 and #5 seeds yikes. Both teams have a great chance to win vs. Colts / Chiefs or Jags.

    That would setup Pats – Jets and Ravens – Steelers awesome final 4. But unless the Jets can get their defensive swagger back, Brady and the Pats will roll the Jets again.

  16. dfeltz says: Dec 29, 2010 12:27 PM

    @pervyharvin says:
    Dec 29, 2010 11:36 AM
    You Chicago Bear fans should all bow down and kiss some Viking booty….
    __________________________________

    Uh, the Bears already beat the Eagles, and Green Bay. The Bears could beat Green Bay again this Sunday and still have the #2 seed. With the Vikings getting a win certainly helps, but Chicago controlled their destiny, a 6-9 team didn’t.

  17. nyjetsholdupsbtrophyin2010 says: Dec 29, 2010 12:46 PM

    cleanface says:
    Dec 29, 2010 12:10 PM
    Shouldn’t the Rams/Seahawks game be played in Dayton on the Tuesday before the tournament starts?

    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    Probably the best post Iv’e ever seen here ,funny as hell, but so true!!!!

  18. adx321 says: Dec 29, 2010 12:49 PM

    RexCanCoach says:
    Dec 29, 2010 12:26 PM
    AFC playoffs is going to be smash-mouth. Jets and Ravens as the #6 and #5 seeds yikes. Both teams have a great chance to win vs. Colts / Chiefs or Jags.

    You forgot the part where neither the Ravens or Jets can EVER beat the Colts.

    Even the current Indy team that has grocery clerks playing in the secondary. Neither offense is going to keep up with Peyton Manning in Lucas Oil Stadium.

  19. gcsuk says: Dec 29, 2010 12:49 PM

    @dfeltz
    I think what “pervyharvin” was alluding to was the fact that the Bears can now rest anyone on their team. The chance of ATL losing to CAR is very slim (at best), so the Bears, most likely, have NOTHING to play for. They do not have to play balls out for 60 minutes.

    They will, most likely, play starters for the First Half, and then start resting guys. They do have a Bye, so they don’t want the starters getting too rusty with a long lay-off.

    As a Giants fan, the Giants needed Philly to win last night to keep the Bears interested in winning next week. But even with that, I couldn’t root for Philly. I have enough respect for GB to say that they earned it (if they win) they deserve to go.

  20. snarkygurl says: Dec 29, 2010 12:57 PM

    pervyharvin says:
    Dec 29, 2010 11:36 AM
    You Chicago Bear fans should all bow down and kiss some Viking booty….
    =======================
    The only reason to thank the Vikes is because I won $1000 with the Iggles loss!!! And I still feel dirty after rooting for them last night… :-)

    That being said, that’s the only way Minny was useful. The Bears already controlled their own destiny.

  21. areffd says: Dec 29, 2010 1:05 PM

    chrismatthewsucks says:
    Dec 29, 2010 11:46 AM
    Bucs have not reason to be in the playoffs, they beat no team that is in the playoffs, hell even the seahawks beat the Bears on their turf.

    ———————-

    If the Bucs make the playoffs, it’ll mean they’ve beaten the Saints at New Orleans, thereby making your argument null and void.

    And the Chiefs have beaten exactly one winning team (the Jaguars), but no one is slagging them.

  22. paulienuts says: Dec 29, 2010 1:06 PM

    @rob1boy – Exactly. The Rams…check. The Bears…is a repeat for the Saints. It’s a game that they already have bulletin board material for. A lot of the guys who played that NFC Championship game in January of 2007 and lost to a team and fan base who mugged, thugged, and attacked Saints fans, then went out and pillaged their own city by looting and burning vehicles are still on the team. Talk about classy. Oh yeah, the Saints WILL be ready for that game.

    And yes, I can easily see the Packers overtaking the Falcons in the Georgia Dome. They’ve seen the Saints do it and it should be easy to duplicate. Then we’ll have the NFCC at the Super Dome…but I don’t care. I think it would be great fun to go to Georgia again to give those ATL fans ANOTHER comeuppance. They’re slow learners.

  23. dirksimmons says: Dec 29, 2010 1:35 PM

    @r0b1b0y- What a cute little scenario.

    I’m sick of all these people that already have Green Bay in the playoffs. They haven’t locked up anything. I’m not saying they can’t get in and do some damage, but why are they all of a sudden the hottest team in football? It’s not like they have some cake walk game against the Panthers or Cardinals. They have to play a division-rival that would love to see them sitting at home during the Playoffs. No, the Bears don’t have much to play for, considering the Falcons will likely blow out Carolina, but you think the Bears want to see them again somewhere down the road? I don’t think so. They’ll try and finish this up on Sunday.

  24. dirksimmons says: Dec 29, 2010 1:43 PM

    @paulienuts

    You sound like some Civil War veteran berating the North for all their supposed war crimes. Pillaging, looting and thugging and what not…

    All I remember is the Bears rolling the Saints in the second half of that game. We got people that played in that game too and remember what it takes to beat the Saints. The Bears WILL be ready for that game as well.

  25. noaxetogrind says: Dec 29, 2010 1:45 PM

    Great game the other night between Falcons & Saints. That being said, as a neutral guy not invested in either team, I wouldn’t be jacked about going back there if I was a Saints fan. Atlanta gave away 7 points on a extremely rare fumble for them, on the 1 yd line and another unusual turnover on a botched snap. Before you say that the Saints did the same thing on the pick 6, as much as I love Drew, that is his MO. He is second in the league in ints. and has thrown a bunch of poor decision picks. I don’t think there is any way Saints win a third game against the Falcons in the Ga. Dome.

  26. 12isgreaterthan4 says: Dec 29, 2010 1:50 PM

    pervyharvin says:

    Dec 29, 2010 11:36 AM

    You Chicago Bear fans should all bow down and kiss some Viking booty….

    =================================

    Yeah, for rolling over and playing dead at TCF Bank Stadium two weeks ago.

  27. herokravon says: Dec 29, 2010 1:53 PM

    Would like to see Colts go to New England in divisional round.

    Manning was one bad pass away from beating them earlier this year.

    If that happens I see Colts @ Steelers AFC title game.

  28. sj39 says: Dec 29, 2010 2:00 PM

    Any of the experts picking the Chargers to win it all next year?

  29. tomlovestroy says: Dec 29, 2010 2:12 PM

    The Refs have been sheltering the Bears all year. That will change this week as they have a bye.

  30. tomlovestroy says: Dec 29, 2010 2:14 PM

    Check the schedule..

    Packers are definitely in the playoffs. They only have the Bears and they have there starting QB available to play. Bears lose!

  31. enkinan says: Dec 29, 2010 2:24 PM

    All of these obnoxious Saints fans were nowhere to be found after losing to the Ravens, but at least the obnoxious Philly fans aren’t hanging out.

  32. pervyharvin says: Dec 29, 2010 2:56 PM

    snarkygurl says:The only reason to thank the Vikes is because I won $1000 with the Iggles loss!!! And I still feel dirty after rooting for them last night…
    ======================================
    Come on man! You love feeling Viking dirty don’t you??

    gcsuk is smart enough to know what I was saying. You Bears get a buy in the first round courtesy of the Vikings victory. Be thankful,that matters!

  33. nsevh76 says: Dec 29, 2010 3:12 PM

    cleanface says:
    Dec 29, 2010 12:10 PM
    Shouldn’t the Rams/Seahawks game be played in Dayton on the Tuesday before the tournament starts?

    Classic!

  34. snarkygurl says: Dec 29, 2010 7:09 PM

    @pervyharvin says: Come on man! You love feeling Viking dirty don’t you??
    ========================
    As much as I love having a root canal…

    And yes, we did pick up a bye from the Vikes’ embarrassment of the Iggles. And a fair amount of entertainment at the same time! So I will say thanks, but there will be NO booty kissing – got it pervy? :-)

  35. patsfanva says: Dec 30, 2010 7:31 AM

    Give the commish credit for switching the schedule to have meaningful division games in week 17.

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