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NFL playoff scenarios, Week 17: Patriots can clinch top seed, Lions vs. Packers decides NFC North

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These clinching scenarios are hard to keep track of.

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Ten teams — the Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, and Miami Dolphins — have clinched playoff spots for 2017. Four more are battling for the final two openings, while most of the 10 teams already in the playoffs are jostling for seeding and byes.

A Sunday Night Football matchup between the Packers and Lions will determine the NFC North winner, with the loser potentially getting bounced from the playoffs altogether or grasping on to a wild card berth.

The Falcons, Seahawks, Raiders, and Chiefs are all looking to join the Patriots and Cowboys as teams who get to avoid playing in the Wild Card round, while the Patriots look to secure their home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Here are all the current playoff clinching scenarios for the upcoming week, courtesy of the NFL.

AFC

New England Patriots

Clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win or tie against the Dolphins, who will be starting Matt Moore in the wake of Ryan Tannehill’s injury OR

a Raiders loss or tie to the Broncos.

Oakland Raiders

Clinch the AFC West AND a first-round bye with a win or tie in Denver OR

a Kansas City loss or tie to San Diego.

Clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win in Denver and a Patriots loss to the Dolphins.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Have clinched the AFC’s third seed, regardless of what happens on Sunday.

Houston Texans

Have clinched the AFC’s fourth seed, regardless of what happens on Sunday.

Kansas City Chiefs

Clinch the AFC West AND a first-round bye with a win in San Diego and a Raiders loss to the Broncos.

Miami Dolphins

Clinch the fifth seed with a win over the Patriots and a Chiefs loss to the Chargers.

NFC

Dallas Cowboys

Have clinched the NFC’s first seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, regardless of what happens on Sunday.

Atlanta Falcons

Clinch a first-round bye with a win against the Saints OR

a Falcons tie and a Seahawks loss or tie against the 49ers OR

a Seahawks loss to the 49ers and Lions loss or tie against the Packers OR

a Seahawks tie with the 49ers and Lions loss to the Packers.

Seattle Seahawks

Clinch a first-round bye with a win against the 49ers and a Falcons loss to or tie with the Saints OR

a tie with the 49ers, a Falcons loss to the Saints, and a tie between the Lions and Packers.

New York Giants

Have clinched the NFC’s fifth seed, regardless of what happens on Sunday.

Green Bay Packers

Clinch the NFC North with a win or tie against the Lions.

Clinch a wild card berth with a Washington loss to the Giants OR

a Washington loss to the Giants and winning the strength-of-victory tiebreaker over the Buccaneers, which will happen if either the Seahawks, Texans, Jaguars, or Eagles win or tie.

Detroit Lions

Clinch a first-round bye with a win over Green Bay, plus a Seahawks loss or tie and a Falcons loss.

Clinch the NFC North with a win against the Packers.

Clinch a wild card berth with a tie against the Packers OR

a Washington loss or tie to the Giants.

Washington

Clinch a playoff berth with a win against the Giants, as long as the Packers and Lions don’t tie OR

a tie with the Giants, and a Packers loss, and a Buccaneers loss or tie.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Clinch a playoff berth with a win against the Panthers, a Colts win over the Jaguars, a Cowboys win over the Eagles, a Titans win over the Texans, a 49ers win over the Seahawks, a tie between the Giants and Washington, and a Lions win over the Packers.

Got all that?


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