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2015 NFL Week 15 playoff scenarios

A look at the possible playoff-clinching scenarios entering Week 15 | Playoff Machine:

AFC

CLINCHED: New England -- AFC East

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (vs. Tennessee, Sunday)

New England clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. NE win + DEN loss OR

  2. NE win + CIN loss + DEN tie

CINCINNATI BENGALS (at San Francisco, Sunday)

Cincinnati clinches AFC North division with:

  1. CIN win or tie + PIT tie OR

  2. PIT loss

Cincinnati clinches a playoff spot with:

  1. CIN win OR

  2. NYJ loss OR

  3. KC loss OR

  4. CIN tie + KC tie OR

  5. CIN tie + NYJ tie

DENVER BRONCOS (at Pittsburgh, Sunday)

Denver clinches AFC West division with:

  1. DEN win + KC loss or tie OR

  2. DEN tie + KC loss

Denver clinches a playoff spot with:

  1. DEN win OR

  2. DEN tie + NYJ loss


NFC

CLINCHED: Carolina -- NFC South and a first-round bye. Arizona -- playoff berth

CAROLINA PANTHERS (at New York Giants, Sunday)

Carolina clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

  1. CAR win + ARI loss or tie OR

  2. CAR tie + ARI loss

ARIZONA CARDINALS (at Philadelphia, Sunday night)

Arizona clinches NFC West division with:

  1. ARI win or tie OR

  2. SEA loss or tie OR

  3. ARI clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over SEA

(Note: ARI clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over SEA in Scenario 3 if all of the following occurs: CIN win, NO win, DAL loss, PIT loss)

Arizona clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. ARI win + GB loss or tie OR

  2. ARI tie + GB loss

GREEN BAY PACKERS (at Oakland, Sunday)

Green Bay clinches a playoff spot with:

  1. GB win or tie OR

  2. TB loss or tie + WAS loss or tie OR

  3. TB loss or tie + NYG loss or tie

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (vs. Cleveland, Sunday)

Seattle clinches a playoff spot with:

  1. SEA win + TB loss or tie + NYG loss or tie OR

  2. SEA win + TB loss or tie + WAS loss or tie OR

  3. SEA win + TB loss or tie + ATL loss or tie + MIN loss + GB win or tie OR

  4. SEA tie + TB loss + ATL loss or tie + NYG loss OR

  5. SEA tie + TB loss + ATL loss or tie + WAS loss + PHI loss or tie

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (vs. Chicago, Sunday)

Minnesota clinches a playoff spot with:

  1. MIN win + TB loss or tie + WAS loss or tie + ATL loss or tie OR

  2. MIN win + TB loss or tie + WAS loss or tie + SEA loss or tie OR

  3. MIN win + TB loss or tie + NYG loss or tie + ATL loss or tie OR

  4. MIN win + TB loss or tie + NYG loss or tie + SEA loss or tie OR

  5. MIN tie + TB loss + ATL loss or tie + PHI loss or tie + WAS loss OR

  6. MIN tie + TB loss + ATL loss or tie + PHI loss or tie + NYG loss OR

  7. MIN tie + TB loss + ATL loss or tie + WAS loss or tie + NYG loss or tie (as long as WAS and NYG both don't tie)