NFL Releases Early Playoff Scenarios for AFC, NFC Contenders

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The postseason is upon the country and all eyes are on some of the biggest powers  and upset opportunities.

The National Football League released possible playoff scenarios based on the outcomes of the final two weeks of play — starting with a wide-open AFC and seemingly Super Bowl bound Jacksonville and it’s top five defense.

2017 NFL Playoff Scenarios for Week 16

AFC

CLINCHED:

New England – AFC East division title

Pittsburgh – AFC North division title

Jacksonville – Playoff berth

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (11-3) (vs. Buffalo (8-6), Sunday)

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1) NE win + PIT loss + JAX loss or tie

New England clinches a first-round bye with:

1) NE win + PIT loss OR

2) NE win + JAX loss or tie OR

3) NE tie + JAX loss

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11-3) (at Houston (4-10), Monday)

Pittsburgh clinches a first-round bye with:

1) PIT win + JAX loss or tie OR

2) PIT tie + JAX loss

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (10-4) (at San Francisco (4-10), Sunday)

Jacksonville clinches AFC South division title with:

1) JAX win or tie OR

2) TEN loss or tie

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-6) (vs. Miami (6-8), Sunday)

Kansas City clinches AFC West division title with:

1) KC win OR

2) LAC loss OR

3) KC tie + LAC tie

TENNESSEE TITANS (8-6) (vs. Los Angeles Rams (10-4), Sunday)

Tennessee clinches a playoff berth with:

1) TEN win + BAL loss + BUF loss

NFC

CLINCHED:

Philadelphia – NFC East division title and first-round bye

Minnesota – NFC North division title

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (12-2) (vs. Oakland (6-8), Monday night)

Philadelphia clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

1) PHI win OR

2) MIN loss OR
3) PHI tie + MIN tie

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (11-3) (at Green Bay (7-7), Saturday night)

Minnesota clinches a first-round bye with:

1) MIN win + CAR loss or tie OR

2) MIN tie + CAR loss + NO loss or tie + LAR loss or tie

LOS ANGELES RAMS (10-4) (at Tennessee (8-6), Sunday)

Los Angeles Rams clinch NFC West division title with:

1) LAR win or tie OR

2) SEA loss or tie

Los Angeles Rams clinch a playoff berth with:
1) DET loss or tie + CAR loss + ATL loss

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (10-4) (vs. Atlanta (9-5), Sunday)

New Orleans clinches NFC South division title with:

1) NO win + CAR loss

New Orleans clinches a playoff berth with:

1) NO win or tie OR

2) DAL-SEA tie

CAROLINA PANTHERS (10-4) (vs. Tampa Bay (4-10), Sunday)

Carolina clinches a playoff berth with:

1) CAR win or tie OR

2) DAL-SEA tie

ATLANTA FALCONS (9-5) (at New Orleans (10-4), Sunday)

Atlanta clinches a playoff berth with:

1) ATL win OR

2) ATL tie + DAL-SEA tie + DET loss or tie

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