NFL Playoff Scenarios: Which Teams Need A Win In Week 17 To Earn A Postseason Berth?

It’s hard to believe that the NFL regular season is coming to an end. With a lot at stake for many teams this weekend, here is your breakdown of the latest NFL Playoff scenarios.

NFL Playoff Scenarios – Who’s in?

Week 17 is always crazy in the NFL. This year is no different. The NFC East is still up for grabs as the Cowboys, Giants, and Redskins all still have a shot at being crowned the division champ. Yes, it is that crazy!

Along with the three aforementioned squads, the Chicago Bears have a “win and there in” scenario while the Arizona Cardinals and LA Rams need to win and get some help to make the postseason.

Here is how the NFC looks heading into Week 17.

Already in:

  • Green Bay Packers – NFC North division title
  • New Orleans Saints – NFC South division title
  • Seattle Seahawks – NFC West division title
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers – playoff berth

On the bubble:

ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-7) (at L.A. Rams (9-6), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)

Arizona clinches playoff berth with:

  1. ARI win OR
  2. ARI tie + CHI loss

CHICAGO BEARS (8-7) (vs. Green Bay (12-3), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)

Chicago clinches playoff berth with:

  1. CHI win OR
  2. ARI loss OR
  3. CHI tie + ARI tie

DALLAS COWBOYS (6-9) (at N.Y. Giants (5-10), Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX)

Dallas clinches NFC East division title with:

  1. DAL win + WAS loss or tie OR
  2. DAL tie + WAS loss

LOS ANGELES RAMS (9-6) (vs. Arizona (8-7), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)

Los Angeles clinches playoff berth with:

  1. LAR win or tie OR
  2. CHI loss or tie

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (6-9) (at Philadelphia (4-10-1), Sunday night, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC)

Washington clinches NFC East division title with:

  1. WAS win OR
  2. WAS tie + DAL loss or tie

AFC Bubble teams

Are the Browns going to fold? Losing to the Jets last week didn’t help. The Ravens, like the Browns, can make the postseason if they win this weekend.

While they are both big Vegas favorites in Week 17, history has shown us that these games aren’t won on paper.

Here is how the AFC looks heading into Week 17.

Already in:

  • Buffalo Bills – AFC East division title
  • Kansas City Chiefs – AFC West division title and a first-round bye
  • Pittsburgh Steelers – AFC North division title

BALTIMORE RAVENS (10-5) (at Cincinnati (4-10-1), Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Baltimore clinches playoff berth with:

  1. BAL win OR
  2. CLE loss OR
  3. IND loss OR
  4. BAL tie + MIA loss OR
  5. BAL tie + TEN loss

CLEVELAND BROWNS (10-5) (vs. Pittsburgh (12-3), Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Cleveland clinches playoff berth with:

  1. CLE win OR
  2. IND loss OR
  3. TEN loss + MIA win or tie + BAL win or tie OR
  4. CLE tie + BAL loss OR
  5. CLE tie + MIA loss OR
  6. CLE tie + TEN loss

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (10-5) (vs. Jacksonville (1-14), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)

Indianapolis clinches AFC South division title with:

  1. IND win + TEN loss or tie OR
  2. IND tie + TEN loss

MIAMI DOLPHINS (10-5) (at Buffalo (11-3), Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Miami clinches playoff berth with:

  1. MIA win OR
  2. BAL loss OR
  3. CLE loss OR
  4. IND loss OR
  5. MIA tie + BAL tie OR
  6. MIA tie + CLE tie O

TENNESSEE TITANS (10-5) (at Houston (4-11), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)

Tennessee clinches AFC South division title with:

  1. TEN win OR
  2. IND loss OR
  3. TEN tie + IND tie

Tennessee clinches playoff berth with:

  1. BAL loss OR
  2. MIA loss OR
  3. TEN tie + CLE loss OR
  4. TEN tie + MIA tie OR

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