NFL playoff scenarios for Week 17

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The NFL released the following playoff scenarios for the final week of the season.

AFC

CLINCHED:

Baltimore Ravens – AFC North division and home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs

Houston Texans – AFC South division

Kansas City Chiefs – AFC West division

New England Patriots – AFC East division

Buffalo Bills – playoff berth


KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (11-4) (vs. L.A. Chargers (5-10), 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Kansas City clinches a first-round bye with:

KC win + NE loss


NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (12-3) (vs. Miami (4-11); 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

New England clinches a first-round bye with:

NE win or tie OR
KC loss or tie


OAKLAND RAIDERS (7-8) (at Denver (6-9); 4:25 PM ET, CBS)

Oakland clinches a playoff berth with:

OAK win + PIT loss + TEN loss + IND win + OAK clinches strength-of-victory tiebreaker over PIT*

*OAK clinches strength-of-victory tiebreaker over PIT if ONE of the following teams win or tie:

CHI, DET, LAC OR NE


PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-7) (at Baltimore (13-2); 4:25 PM ET, CBS)

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff berth with:

PIT win + TEN loss or tie OR
PIT tie + TEN loss OR
TEN loss + IND win + OAK loss or tie OR
TEN loss + IND win + PIT ties OAK in strength-of-victory tiebreaker*

*PIT ties OAK in strength-of-victory tiebreaker if ALL of the following teams win:

MIN, GB, KC AND MIA


TENNESSEE TITANS (8-7) (at Houston (10-5); 4:25 PM ET, CBS)

Tennessee clinches a playoff berth with:

TEN win OR
TEN tie + PIT loss or tie OR
PIT loss + IND loss or tie


NFC

CLINCHED:

Green Bay – NFC North division

New Orleans – NFC South division

Minnesota — playoff berth

San Francisco — playoff berth

Seattle — playoff berth


DALLAS COWBOYS (7-8) (vs. Washington (3-12); 4:25 PM ET, FOX)

Dallas clinches NFC East division with:

DAL win + PHI loss


GREEN BAY PACKERS (12-3) (at Detroit (3-11-1); 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Green Bay clinches a first-round bye with:

GB win OR
NO loss OR
GB tie + SF loss OR
GB tie + NO tie

Green Bay clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

GB win + SF loss or tie OR
GB tie + SF loss + NO loss or tie


NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (12-3) (at Carolina (5-10); 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

New Orleans clinches a first-round bye with:

NO win + GB loss or tie OR
NO win + SF loss or tie OR
NO tie + GB loss OR
NO tie + SF loss OR
SF loss + GB win or tie

New Orleans clinches homefield advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

NO win + GB loss or tie + SF loss or tie OR
NO tie + GB loss + SF loss


PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (8-7) (at N.Y. Giants (4-11); 4:25 PM ET, FOX)

Philadelphia clinches NFC East division with:

PHI win or tie OR
DAL loss or tie


SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (12-3) (at Seattle (11-4); 8:20 PM ET, NBC)

San Francisco clinches NFC West division title with:

SF win or tie

San Francisco clinches a first-round bye with:

SF win OR
SF tie + GB loss or tie OR
SF tie + NO loss or tie

San Francisco clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

SF win OR
SF tie + GB loss or tie + NO loss or tie


SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (11-4) (vs. San Francisco (12-3); 8:20 ET, NBC)

Seattle clinches NFC West division with:

SEA win

Seattle clinches a first-round bye with:

SEA win + GB loss

Seattle clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

SEA win + GB loss + NO loss

57 responses to “NFL playoff scenarios for Week 17

  1. Eagles own the Giants. No way they lose!

    Prediction: Although Dallas will fire Jason Garrett he will remain in the NFC East as the new coach of Washington.

  2. Green Bay at Detroit and San Fran at Seattle I’m liking the chances of the road to the Super Bowl going through Lambeau. Get out your winter gear!

  3. Truth is, at this point, I think Philly is a better team than Dallas. Won’t be surprised if Philly makes some noise in the playoffs either.

  4. Eagles own the Giants? That’s when bad things happen. When you assume. No way this particular Eagles team feels that way. They barely escaped the first game this year, AT HOME.

    As a Giant’s fan, I just don’t want Dallas to win anything, ever again. Even when they lose we get inundated with former players and Jerry. We’re still are inundated with their winning players from their last run. No thanks. I actually rooted hard for the Eagles the other day. They have a Dline and just about nothing else. Underdog city. How can anyone root against Ward? American way.

    Yes, I like their chances against the Giants but I like Oakland’s 9 way parlay too. Watch Oakland lose and the other 8 hit. Wouldn’t surprise me. Neither would a Giant’s win. They’re poorly coached, the Eagles are not. But on any give Sunday…

  5. Why would Urban Meyer (or any other coach) want to work for Dan Snyder in D.C.? That organization is shoddy, the owner is a racist, the team doctors are incompetent, and the team has a horrible GM. Apparently people will take any lousy job if there’s enough money involved.

  6. I laughed when Pete Carroll and his 35 million dollar MVP Wannabe said in the preseason that the 2019 Seattle team reminds them of the 2013 version that won the Defensive Holding Gate Stuper Bowl. The 2013 team had a won-loss record of 13-3. The 2019 version already has 4 losses, and they may end up with 5 losses, and the same 11-5 win-loss record of the 2012 team that lost in the division round of playoffs after they got lucky in the wild card round when RGIII hurt his knee and could not finish the game after giving the Redskins a lead.

  7. jackedupboonie says:
    December 24, 2019 at 11:17 am
    Seahawks will be just fine in the #3 hole. Home game against Vikings, road game in NO, back to the Clink for an epic NFCC game rematch vs the Clara Clowns.

    Honest question. Do you really think the Seahawks have the fire power to get past NO in the Dome?? I don’t see that happening at all.

  8. Here’s the only teams with post season chances worth Considering or discussing:

    AFC: Ravens, Chiefs, Patriots

    NFC: 49ers, Saints, Seahawks

    The fortunes of the Eagles, Packers, Vikings, Bills, Texans and Titans (or Steelers and Raiders) are a waste of mental energy to ponder.

  9. The 3 in the AFC that “seemingly” matter are the Ravens, Chiefs and Titans. However, the Patriots always come alive come playoffs so they can’t be overlooked. The Texans possibly but the Bills and Steelers don’t seem to have what’s needed this year. Both are definitely on the rise though.

  10. As much as I really detest the team, the Bills could upset any of those 3 teams from the AFC.

    Their last 2 games, vs Balt & NE, saw them with a chance to tie the game at the very end of the 4th quarter on “goal to go” situations.

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    Here’s the only teams with post season chances worth Considering or discussing:

    AFC: Ravens, Chiefs, Patriots

    NFC: 49ers, Saints, Seahawks

    The fortunes of the Eagles, Packers, Vikings, Bills, Texans and Titans (or Steelers and Raiders) are a waste of mental energy to ponder.

  11. the17thearlofoxford says:
    December 24, 2019 at 11:03 am
    Eagles do own the Giants

    but Urban Meyer will be the new coach of the DC Team.
    ————————————–

    I have a hard time envisioning any more high profile coaches working for Snyder without some major, major team control guarantees.

  12. The Raiders even being in a postseason discussion at the end of the season tells you what a joke the AFC has become past the top few teams.

  13. jhoneyabhomesorg says:
    December 24, 2019 at 12:06 pm
    I’d take Philly to go further than Seattle in the playoffs if Seattle doesnt have a first round bye

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    Philly is not going to the playoffs, silly phillies.

  14. Green bay 1st round by and home field, exactly what the League has wanted all year long and it has been clear by the refs calls most games. But congrats for the clinch with a good game at Minnesota you deserved to win.

  15. rkt4mayor says:
    December 24, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Eagles own the Giants. No way they lose!

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    I love my Eagles, but there’s NO WAY they are looking past the Giants. Lots of weird things happen in Eagles / Giants games, no matter the records. Anyone can win this game, evident in that wild overtime game a few weeks back. Eagles hopefully will be mentally prepared with a playoff mentality, so I hope they can win this and win the division.

  16. tokyosandblaster says:
    December 24, 2019 at 12:14 pm
    Looking like a Packers/Ravens super bowl.
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    Talk about the Ravens being handed the SB trophy on a silver platter. That would be a SB team going against a JV team at best (and that’s with the typical refs help)

  17. I’d like to meet the guy who programmed the computer that figures out these playoff scenarios. Gee, talk about analytical. My brain pretty much freezes just reading the various possibilities.

  18. BillyRayBob says:
    December 24, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Truth is, at this point, I think Philly is a better team than Dallas. Won’t be surprised if Philly makes some noise in the playoffs either.
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    Momentum is very important going into the playoffs. No other team got the cupcake schedule coming down the stretch that Philly did. Had a Philly fan today tell me “no one knew how these teams were going to perform prior to the season.” Yeah right, NYG, Miami and the Redskins have been perennial playoff teams the last 5 years! Who doesn’t want to go into the playoffs on a 5 game winning streak against sub .500 teams? Please Mr. schedule maker, try spacing the Philly/NYG games out a little next season. Playing a team at the beginning of the season when they are still trying is way different than at the end when they’re tanking for draft picks!

  19. I think there are 6 teams that can win it all:

    Balt
    NO
    SF
    KC
    NE
    GB

    and in that order. It wouldn’t surprise me if any of them win it. But it would surprise me if they didn’t.

  20. Rooting for the Pats, but I have a sense the Chiefs are gonna represent the AFC. Their defense is better and I think last year’s loss has made them tougher. They can outscore Baltimore. Not a prediction, just a feeling.

  21. If Packers win, then Seahawks have better chance of getting further in playoffs with resting players, taking pre-1st-round bye, LOSING to the 49ers, and playing at the Eagles.

    NFL PLAYOFF SEEDING NEEDS TO CHANGE!

  22. Some teams do not want to see the Titans in the playoffs.
    Other than Baltimore I think they can cause some hurt feelings if they get in

  23. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
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    Talk about the Ravens being handed the SB trophy on a silver platter. That would be a SB team going against a JV team at best (and that’s with the typical refs help)
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    Well that JV team did a pretty good job dominating your team last night so you just sound butthurt.

  24. Niners – Chiefs

    Niners win #6..
    Should be 7 but the refs screwed them with the tackle of Crabtree in end zone

  25. Hard to see Hawks making much noise unless they get a lot healthier fast.

    Safety out
    Best CB out
    Linebacker out five games
    DEnd out
    Interior suspended
    Other Dend missed four games
    Center out
    Left tackle out
    Tight end out
    Other tight end missed five games
    Top RB out
    Backup RB out
    Third string RB out
    Guard out
    Wide receiver suspended

    Starting to get the drift?

  26. seahawkcritique says:
    December 24, 2019 at 3:02 pm
    If Packers win, then Seahawks have better chance of getting further in playoffs with resting players, taking pre-1st-round bye, LOSING to the 49ers, and playing at the Eagles.

    NFL PLAYOFF SEEDING NEEDS TO CHANGE!
    …………………………….
    I was playing devils advocate and thinking the same thing….but

    This is a hated rivalry, the division is on the line, and the potential even as the 3 seed to host 2 out of 3 home games is massively important to the Seahawks fan base. If Seattle laid an egg on purpose by sitting everyone questionable to play and lost by 20, the boos wouldn’t stop and team morale would be shot.

  27. The Packers are 9-1 against teams with winning records, they’re 12-3, they swept a Viking team that had been playing superbly in recent weeks on the road in primetime, and they played a nearly identical schedule to the Vikings’.

    Their trolls are already saying the Packers can’t go deep in the playoffs. The Vikings can and will, but the Packers can’t.

    Got it.

  28. The Vikings are the biggest overrated fraud squad assembled in the NFL. The Vikings couldn’t even beat the Bears this season.

  29. Do people really think Urban Meyer will make the NFL jump to a team with Dwayne Haskins as their QB and Alex Smith’s contract still on the books?

    Cleveland is a much more likely scenario given the Baker Mayfield situation. Either Urban is able to get him back on track, or he’ll be able to get a new QB for 2021 and still have the team’s deep roster to work with.

  30. Houston beat KC. so if Houston wins and KC loses, Houston moves up. i doubt they will win and KC will lose as well, but it is there as a possibility. Houston should also want to knock TN off so they dont have to face them again on Saturday. / i dont take GB, seattle or Houston seriously. they barely win games. ditto for pitt, and oakland cant hang with any of these teams. NE isnt the team they were in sept/oct when they were smashing bottomfeeders. NO has come around some, and minnehaha is sliding. philly is too banged up and the titaans will run out of steam. expect balto or kc vs SF or NO for the big one..

  31. stellarperformance says:
    December 24, 2019 at 4:48 pm
    The Packers are 9-1 against teams with winning records, they’re 12-3, they swept a Viking team that had been playing superbly in recent weeks on the road in primetime, and they played a nearly identical schedule to the Vikings’.

    Their trolls are already saying the Packers can’t go deep in the playoffs. The Vikings can and will, but the Packers can’t.

    Got it

    @@@@@@@@@222

    Good, just making sure you “got it”

  32. dino2997 says:
    December 24, 2019 at 12:30 pm
    The Raiders even being in a postseason discussion at the end of the season tells you what a joke the AFC has become past the top few teams.

    To be fair, both conferences are going to have a team 9-7 or worse in the playoffs, with the other 5 teams all having more than 10 wins.

    NFC overall is 121-119. Lets not act like the disparity in conferences is that telling. The NFCE is by far the worst division in football, and each NFC team has gotten to beat up on that division in some way shape or form. The NFC will end the season 129-127 as a conference. The NFC being vastly superior is waaaaay overblown.

  33. stellarperformance says:
    December 24, 2019 at 4:48 pm
    The Packers are 9-1 against teams with winning records, they’re 12-3, they swept a Viking team that had been playing superbly in recent weeks on the road in primetime, and they played a nearly identical schedule to the Vikings’.

    Their trolls are already saying the Packers can’t go deep in the playoffs. The Vikings can and will, but the Packers can’t.

    Got it.
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    The Packers have played more than 4 teams that have losing records.

    Bears (x2)
    Lions
    Broncos
    Cowboys
    Raiders
    Chargers
    Panthers
    Giants
    Redskins

    The only teams they’ve played with winning records are:
    Minnesota: W 21-17
    Eagles: L 34-27
    Chiefs (sans Mahomes): W 31-24
    49ers: L 37-8
    Vikings: W 23-10

    So…3-2 against winning teams.

    This is coming from a Ravens fan with no dog in the fight, but I have no idea where you’re getting your information from.

  34. silentraven7 says:
    December 24, 2019 at 9:44 pm
    So…3-2 against winning teams.
    This is coming from a Ravens fan with no dog in the fight, but I have no idea where you’re getting your information from.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    The Packers played and beat nine teams with winning records at the time they played, not final records at the end of the year.

    That’s where.

  35. Talk about the Ravens being handed the SB trophy on a silver platter. That would be a SB team going against a JV team at best (and that’s with the typical refs help)

    //////

    I guess you would be well versed in JV football.

    Zimmer has had that tee’ed up all year for you.

  36. All Vikings fans should be angry at Cousins performance, the money he is being paid will hamper them in re signing free agents, just because Cook was out was no excuse for his inept play, great players come up big in big games .Rodgers won games when Adams was out with some unproven receivers , Cousins had enough receiving weapons but did not get it done.

  37. It’s cute that fans of a team that just mustered 7 first downs and only 2.6 yards per play think their team is better than any other team.

    Not just playoff teams.

    Any other team.

    The Vikings shouldn’t even be in the Playoffs. The Cowboys, Eagles, Rams, and even the Bears are better teams right now than the Vikings. They could at least score some points that weren’t gifted to them.

  38. tokyosandblaster says:
    December 24, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Looking like a Packers/Ravens super bowl.
    ****************************************
    OK. So the Packers beat a bad Vikings team with an AWFUL O-line that couldn’t protect Cousins and made him 0-9 in Monday night games. But that said, the Packers team I watched on Monday did NOT look like a Super Bowl contender. They looked average at best, and Aaron Rodgers didn’t impress at all. That Packer team with the 37-8 loss to SF looks a lot like what I saw on Monday night. THAT Packers team won’t hold up against a SF, NO or SEA team in the playoffs….not even in the friendly confines of Lambeau Field.

  39. stellarperformance says:
    December 25, 2019 at 9:03 am
    silentraven7 says:
    December 24, 2019 at 9:44 pm
    So…3-2 against winning teams.
    This is coming from a Ravens fan with no dog in the fight, but I have no idea where you’re getting your information from.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    The Packers played and beat nine teams with winning records at the time they played, not final records at the end of the year.

    That’s where.

    @@@@@@@@222

    lol, reaching. Poor packer fan making the green and yellow better then they are. I know the the Vikings suck but I’m not going to sugar coat the results. pack going one and done, just like the Vikes.

  40. …….in stark comparison, the Vikings prevailed over exactly one team with a winning record at the time they played. Vikings, one. Packers, nine.

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