We already know that the Panthers, Cardinals and Patriots will make the playoffs. By Sunday night, we may know the identity of five more playoff teams, as the Bengals, Broncos, Packers, Seahawks and Vikings all have playoff-clinching scenarios for Week 15.
Here are all of this week’s playoff scenarios:
Patriots: New England has already clinched the AFC East and can clinch a first-round bye with a win and either a Broncos loss or a Bengals loss.
Bengals: Cincinnati clinches the AFC North with a Steelers loss. Cincinnati also clinches a playoff spot with a win, or a Jets loss, or a Chiefs loss.
Broncos: Denver clinches the AFC West with a win and a Chiefs loss. Denver also clinches a playoff berth with a win, or with a Jets loss.
Panthers: Carolina has already clinched a first-round bye and will clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win and a Cardinals loss.
Cardinals: Arizona clinches the NFC west with a win or a Seahawks loss. There’s also a scenario in which Arizona clinches the NFC West even if the Cardinals lose and the Seahawks win, which would require the Bengals and Saints to win while the Cowboys and Steelers lose. The Cardinals clinch a first-round bye if they win and the Packers lose.
Packers: Green Bay clinches a playoff berth with a win. Green Bay can also clinch a playoff berth with a loss, if the Buccaneers lose and either Washington or the Giants lose.
Seahawks: Seattle clinches a playoff spot with a win and a Buccaneers loss, plus either a Giants loss or a Washington loss, or a Falcons loss and a Vikings loss and a Packers loss.
Vikings: Minnesota clinches a playoff spot with a win and a Buccaneers loss, plus a loss by either Washington or the Giants, and a loss by either the Falcons or Seahawks.