Four teams have clinched playoff berths, five more can clinch this weekend

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The Los Angeles Chargers became the fourth team to clinch a playoff berth.

With their win over the Chiefs on Thursday night, the Chargers have joined the Chiefs as the only two AFC teams to clinch a spot in the playoffs. They are still battling it out for the AFC West title, with one of them likely to earn home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, and the other team stuck as a wild card.

Two teams in the AFC can clinch playoff berths and join the Chiefs and Chargers this weekend, while in the NFC, the Saints and Rams are already in and three more teams could join them this weekend.

Here are the playoff scenarios for this weekend:

AFC

CLINCHED: Kansas City Chiefs-Playoff berth
Los Angeles Chargers-Playoff berth

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-4) (at Pittsburgh (7-5-1), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, CBS)

New England clinches AFC East division title with:

1) NE win + MIA loss or tie OR

2) NE tie + MIA loss

New England clinches a playoff berth with:

1) NE win + TEN loss or tie OR

2) NE tie + BAL loss + TEN loss + IND loss or tie


HOUSTON TEXANS (9-4) (at New York Jets (4-9), Saturday, 4:30 PM ET, NFL Network)

Houston clinches AFC South division title with:

1) HOU win + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tie OR

2) HOU tie + IND loss + TEN loss

Houston clinches a playoff berth with:

1) HOU win + MIA loss or tie + PIT loss OR

2) HOU win + MIA loss or tie + BAL loss or tie OR

3) HOU tie + IND loss or tie + BAL loss + MIA loss OR

4) HOU tie + IND loss or tie + PIT loss + BAL loss + MIA tie OR

5) HOU tie + IND loss or tie + PIT loss + BAL win + MIA loss OR

6) HOU tie + TEN loss or tie + BAL loss + MIA loss OR

7) HOU tie + TEN loss or tie + PIT loss + BAL loss + MIA tie OR

8) HOU tie + TEN loss or tie + PIT loss + BAL win + MIA loss


NFC

CLINCHED: Los Angeles Rams-NFC West
New Orleans Saints-NFC South

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (11-2) (at Carolina (6-7), Monday night, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN)

New Orleans clinches a first-round bye with:

1) NO win + CHI loss or tie OR

2) NO tie + CHI loss


LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-2) (vs. Philadelphia (6-7), Sunday night, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)​​

Los Angeles clinches a first-round bye with:

1) LAR win + CHI loss or tie OR

2) LAR tie + CHI loss


CHICAGO BEARS (9-4) (vs. Green Bay (5-7-1), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Chicago clinches NFC North division title with:

1) CHI win OR

2) MIN loss OR

3) CHI tie + MIN tie

Chicago clinches a playoff berth with:

1) CHI tie OR

2) WAS loss or tie


DALLAS COWBOYS (8-5) (at Indianapolis (7-6), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Dallas clinches NFC East division title with:

1) DAL win OR

2) DAL tie + PHI loss or tie + WAS loss or tie OR

3) PHI loss + WAS loss


SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (8-5) (at San Francisco (3-10), Sunday, 4:05 PM ET, FOX)

Seattle clinches a playoff berth with:

1) SEA win OR

2) SEA tie + MIN loss + CAR loss or tie OR

3) SEA tie + MIN loss + PHI loss or tie + WAS loss or tie OR

4) SEA tie + CAR loss or tie + PHI loss or tie + WAS loss or tie

12 responses to “Four teams have clinched playoff berths, five more can clinch this weekend

  1. No team should take ANY opponent with a grain of salt! Upsets have been rampant this season, imo……

  2. As a Vikings fan I am feeling we are not a playoff caliber team and would prefer not getting in the playoffs over getting blown out in the Wildcard round. Also, we have caused bad ratings for our last few primetime games.

    Would most of you prefer to see the Packers get in the playoffs over the Vikings? Thumbs up Packers👍 Thumbs down if you want the Vikings in👎

    Skol, Vikings

  3. I think it’s more interesting that the Jaguars, Bills, and Jets have all been eliminated, but the Browns are still in the fight!

  4. I have a serious question….

    I, personally, cannot remember the last time there were only 4 teams, who had clinched a PLAYOFF BERTH, going into week 15. Does anyone remember the last time there was such parity in the league? Actually, the Chargers were IN week 15……so, only 3 had clinched a berth, going into week 15!

  5. Best season in recent memory. Not just the uncertainty of who will make it to SB, but the contenders all have their own interesting identities. I’m a Seahawks fan but my fandom of the sport supercedes that. Of course, I hope the ‘Hawks will make it but barring that, I think I want to see a Saints-Texans SB, or Chiefs-Bears, or Pats-Rams. Or Pats-Bears! Jeez so many great possibilities, and great personalities involved.

  6. aj66shanghai says:
    December 14, 2018 at 11:06 am

    I’m a Seahawks fan but my fandom of the sport supercedes that.
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    (Hat tip)

    NFL fandom is best served by fans with that perspective vs. the Troll-Homers we see a lot on this particular site.

  7. aj66shanghai says:
    December 14, 2018 at 11:06 am
    Best season in recent memory. Not just the uncertainty of who will make it to SB, but the contenders all have their own interesting identities. I’m a Seahawks fan but my fandom of the sport supercedes that. Of course, I hope the ‘Hawks will make it but barring that, I think I want to see a Saints-Texans SB, or Chiefs-Bears, or Pats-Rams. Or Pats-Bears! Jeez so many great possibilities, and great personalities involved.

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    Best comment I’ve read in a very very long time!

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