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NFL Week 17 playoff scenarios

A look at the playoff-clinching scenarios in Week 17:

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AFC

CLINCHED: New England -- AFC East and first-round bye; Pittsburgh -- AFC North; Houston -- AFC South; Oakland, Kansas City, Miami -- playoff berth

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (13-2) at Miami Dolphins (10-5), Sunday

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

  1. NE win or tie OR

  2. OAK loss or tie

OAKLAND RAIDERS (12-3) at Denver (8-7), Sunday

Oakland clinches AFC West title and a first-round bye with:

  1. OAK win or tie OR

  2. KC loss or tie

Oakland clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

  1. OAK win + NE loss

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (11-4) at San Diego (5-10), Sunday

Kansas City clinches AFC West title and a first-round bye with:

  1. KC win + OAK loss


NFC

CLINCHED: Dallas -- NFC East and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs; Atlanta -- NFC South; Seattle -- NFC West; New York Giants -- playoff berth

ATLANTA FALCONS (10-5) vs. New Orleans (7-8), Sunday

Atlanta clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. ATL win OR

  2. ATL tie + SEA loss or tie OR

  3. SEA loss + DET loss or tie OR

  4. SEA tie + DET loss

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-5-1) at San Francisco (2-13), Sunday

Seattle clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. SEA win + ATL loss or tie OR

  2. SEA tie + ATL loss + GB/DET tie

DETROIT LIONS (9-6) vs. Green Bay (9-6), Sunday night

Detroit clinches NFC North title with:

  1. DET win

Detroit clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. DET win + SEA loss or tie + ATL loss

Detroit clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. DET tie OR

  2. WAS loss or tie

GREEN BAY PACKERS (9-6) at Detroit (9-6), Sunday night

Green Bay clinches NFC North title with:

  1. GB win or tie

Green Bay clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. WAS loss OR

  2. WAS tie + TB win + GB clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over TB*

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (8-6-1) vs. New York Giants (10-5), Sunday

Washington clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. WAS win + GB-DET game does not end in a tie OR

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

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (8-7) vs. Carolina (6-9), Sunday

Tampa Bay clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. TB win + WAS tie + GB loss + TB clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over GB**

Note:

* GB clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over TB if one of the following teams win or tie: Seattle, Houston, Jacksonville or Philadelphia. GB has already clinched strength of schedule tiebreaker over TB in this scenario.

** TB clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over GB if all of the following teams win: Tennessee, Indianapolis, Dallas and San Francisco