Five teams can clinch playoff berths in Week 15

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Three teams have booked passage to the playoffs and five more can join them before Week 15 comes to an end.

Two of those teams play in the AFC East. Per the NFL, both the Patriots and Bills will wrap up playoff spots if they win this weekend. The Patriots will be in Cincinnati and the Bills will play in Pittsburgh on Sunday night. The Patriots can also clinch a playoff spot with a tie.

In the NFC, the 49ers, Packers and Seahawks can also secure their spots in the postseason. The 49ers have the most straightforward path as they just need to beat or tie the Falcons. They can also get in if they lose with a Rams loss or tie as well losses by both the Vikings and Packers.

A Rams loss is part of the formula for the Packers and Seahawks as well. A Packers win and a Rams loss or tie would get Green Bay into the playoffs. If the Packers tie and the Rams lose to the Cowboys, the Packers would also get in.

The Seahawks have a variety of paths to the playoffs if they beat the Panthers. A Vikings loss and a Rams loss or tie along with that win would be enough for Seattle to qualify. Other scenarios involving ties would also provide a path to the postseason for the Seahawks, but those are the clearest paths for this weekend.

The Ravens have already clinched a playoff spot, but they can wrap up other things this week. Beating the Jets on Thursday night will make them the AFC North champs. They’d also get the division title if the Steelers lose to the Bills on Sunday night.

Baltimore can also clinch a first-round bye with a win and losses by either the Patriots or the Chiefs. Should the Ravens win and both those teams lose, the Ravens would sew up the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

30 responses to “Five teams can clinch playoff berths in Week 15

  1. Shaping up to be a great playoff year, with the exception of the black eye that the New England Pasterisks are bringing to the table, once again.

  2. Watch out league you just made the Patriots offense mad with these taping allegations.

    They will take out their frustration on the Bengals and drop a 16-burger on them. 😃😞

  3. Posted by Mike Florio on October 11, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Many of you have been up in arms regarding the presence of a man with a camera on the Jets sideline during Sunday’s game against the Patriots. The camera was pointing out onto the field, and possibly across the field to the Pats sideline.

    The Jets have explained to PFT that the man with the camera “works for Jets TV and shoots footage for our team programming.”

    The Jets also have pointed out that the league’s 2011 policy on sideline media access permits “[c]lub video crews and video crews from television stations that produce and telecast club-licensed programming (e.g. coaches’ shows, team magazine-style shows, etc.) may also be permitted to have a camera on the sidelines to shoot footage for those club-licensed programs only.”

  4. The Patriots can clinch a playoff spot with a win against Cincinnati. Therefore, there was no motivation for Belicheat to tape Cincinnati. All he gains is a playoff spot. No motivation at all. None. Nada.

  5. This is when it starts feeling like playoff football in the regular season. Packers vs. Bears on Sunday will be playoff atmosphere and like central casting for a movie about the 100 years of the NFL.

    It doesn’t get any better than this. Enjoy it, because in March we will be wishing it was today.

    As Kevin Greene walked on the field in the Super Bowl and said to Clay Matthews:

    “IT IS TIME”

    #NFL100

    #AreYouReady?

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  6. factschecker says:
    December 10, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Posted by Mike Florio on October 11, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    The Jets also have pointed out that the league’s 2011 policy on sideline media access permits “[c]lub video crews and video crews from television stations that produce and telecast club-licensed programming (e.g. coaches’ shows, team magazine-style shows, etc.) may also be permitted to have a camera on the sidelines to shoot footage for those club-licensed programs only.”
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    So apparently, it’s ok for the Jets to take video but not the Patriots?

    Just sayin……

  7. Hopefully someone can whip up on the Steelers enough to keep the refs out of it. The shield will stop at nothing to give Tomlin and Rooney some kind of prize.

  8. screamingyellowzonkers says:

    December 10, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    factschecker says:
    December 10, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Posted by Mike Florio on October 11, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    The Jets also have pointed out that the league’s 2011 policy on sideline media access permits “[c]lub video crews and video crews from television stations that produce and telecast club-licensed programming (e.g. coaches’ shows, team magazine-style shows, etc.) may also be permitted to have a camera on the sidelines to shoot footage for those club-licensed programs only.”
    —–
    So apparently, it’s ok for the Jets to take video but not the Patriots?

    Just sayin……
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    You do realize the Jets were talking about sideline media rules and Patriots were in the Press box with likely different rules so what exactly are you just sayin….

  9. stellarperformance says:
    December 10, 2019 at 8:59 am
    I can tell you this, I don’t care about the Vikings, not while enjoying first place in the division………at their expense.
    Dddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddduh
    Reminds me of the Simpsons episode where people who bought Prius cars farted in their wine glasses and then proceeded to sniff and admire their scent.
    They were just as boringly dumb as packer fans

  10. factschecker says:

    Posted by Mike Florio on October 11, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Many of you have been up in arms regarding the presence of a man with a camera on the Jets sideline during Sunday’s game against the Patriots. The camera wa…
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    2 things – the taping scenarios were 2 different situations not apples to apples. And also, the rules had to be changed since this 2011 article because Loophole Bill keeps ruining it for everyone. So your 2011 article treasure hunt has nothing to do with 2019 Pats cheating.

  11. Reminds me of the Simpsons episode where people who bought Prius cars farted in their wine glasses and then proceeded to sniff and admire their scent.
    They were just as boringly dumb as packer fans
    ——
    That was South Park but sure, we’re the dumb ones.

  12. Pats are frauds. Lost against all other AFC division leaders. Their cupcake schedule is over and they’ve been EXPOSED!!!!

  13. wilkersonswobblykankles says:
    December 10, 2019 at 3:18 pm
    Reminds me of the Simpsons episode where people who bought Prius cars farted in their wine glasses and then proceeded to sniff and admire their scent.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    That’s memorable for you, huh? Call me shocked.

  14. I am so deep inside the head of one particular Viking troll, he has to copy my prior post from a different thread, bring it here, and post a weak insult. That’s deep.

  15. An early round exit for the Sea Dorks, and a low drafting position for their effort in the regular season. That is the price of being a pretender, instead of a real contender, for the Lombardi.

  16. californianewton says:
    December 10, 2019 at 8:43 pm
    An early round exit for the Sea Dorks, and a low drafting position for their effort in the regular season. That is the price of being a pretender, instead of a real contender, for the Lombardi.
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    Seattle beat San Fran in SF, and it is any given Sunday. Won’t shock me if they go out in the divisional round (they are beating Dallas), but it also won’t shock me if they are in the Super Bowl (instead of the Niners).

  17. joker65 says:
    December 10, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Has anyone seen the video yet? No?

    Didn’t think so

    ***************************
    Does anyone (of us) NEED to “see it” when it’s been documented and admitted to by the camera crew that it “included 8 minutes of video of the Bengals sideline.”

    Hmmm?

    “Didn’t Think so.”

  18. So apparently, it’s ok for the Jets to take video but not the Patriots?

    Just sayin……
    ———————————————————————-
    Well, considering it was the Jets the NFL probably figured the lens cap was still on the camera.

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