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Playoff scenarios.

AFC

CLINCHED

New England: AFC East and home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs; Denver: AFC West; Indianapolis: AFC South; Cincinnati and Pittsburgh: playoff berths.

DENVER (vs. Oakland)

Clinches first-round bye with:

--Win or tie, OR

--Cincinnati Loss, OR

--Cincinnati tie and Indianapolis win

CINCINNATI (at Pittsburgh)

--Clinched playoff spot

Clinches AFC North with:

--Win or tie

Clinches first-round bye with:

--Win and Denver loss or tie, OR

--Tie and Denver loss and Indy loss or tie

PITTSBURGH (vs. Cincinnati)

Pittsburgh clinches AFC North with:

--Win

SAN DIEGO (at Kansas City)

Clinches playoff spot with:

--Win, OR

--Tie and Baltimore loss or tie

BALTIMORE (vs. Cleveland)

Clinches playoff spot with:

--Win and San Diego loss or tie, OR

--Tie and San Diego loss

KANSAS CITY (vs. San Diego)

Clinches playoff spot with:

--Win and Baltimore loss and Houston loss

HOUSTON (vs. Jacksonville)

Clinches playoff spot with:

--Win and Baltimore loss and San Diego loss

NFC

CLINCHED

Dallas: NFC East; Arizona, Seattle, Detroit, Green Bay: playoff berths.

DALLAS (at Washington)

Clinches home-field throughout playoffs with:

--Win and Arizona loss or tie and Detroit/Green Bay tie

Clinches first-round bye with:

--Win and Seattle loss or tie and Arizona loss or tie, OR

--Win and Detroit/Green Bay tie, OR

--Seattle loss and Arizona loss, OR

--Tie and Seattle tie and Arizona loss or tie and Detroit/Green Bay does not end in a tie

DETROIT (at Green Bay)

Clinches NFC North with:

--Win or tie

Clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

--Win and Seattle loss or tie and Arizona loss or tie, OR

--Tie and Seattle loss and Arizona loss and Dallas loss or tie

Clinches first-round bye with:

--Win, OR

--Tie and Dallas loss or tie, OR

--Tie and Seattle loss and Arizona loss

GREEN BAY (vs. Detroit)

Clinches NFC North and first-round bye with:

--Win

Clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

--Win and Seattle loss or tie

SEATTLE (vs. St. Louis)

Clinches NFC West with:

--Win, OR

--Tie and Arizona loss or tie, OR

--Arizona loss

Clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

--Win and Detroit/Green Bay game does not end in a tie, OR

--Win and Dallas loss or tie, OR

--Tie and Arizona loss or tie and Dallas loss or tie and Green Bay/Detroit tie

Clinches first-round bye with:

--Win, OR

--Tie and Arizona loss or tie and Dallas loss, OR

--Tie and Arizona loss or tie and Green Bay/Detroit tie

ARIZONA (at San Francisco)

Clinches NFC West with:

--Win and Seattle loss or tie, OR

--Tie and Seattle loss

Clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

--Win and Seattle loss or tie and Green Bay loss or tie, OR

--Tie and Seattle loss and Dallas loss or tie and Green Bay/Detroit tie

Clinches first-round bye with:

--Win and Seattle loss or tie, OR

--Tie and Seattle loss and Dallas loss or tie, OR

--Tie and Seattle loss and Green Bay/Detroit tie

CAROLINA (at Atlanta)

Clinches NFC South with:

--Win or tie

ATLANTA (vs. Carolina)

Clinches NFC South with:

--Win
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