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NFL Playoff Scenarios for Every Team Going into Week 17

Andre KhatchaturianCorrespondent IIIDecember 24, 2011

NFL Playoff Scenarios for Every Team Going into Week 17

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    It's time for crazy playoff scenarios and formulas. We went through all the realistic scenarios (no ties) so you don't have to. 

    What do the Jets need to do to get in? What about the Denver Tebows? 

    What about the Bears? Do they still have a chance?

    Without further ado, here are the Week 17 scenarios!

AFC East

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    The New England Patriots have clinched the AFC East.

    They can secure home-field advantage in the following ways:

    1) WIN vs. Buffalo
    2) LOSS vs. Buffalo + Baltimore LOSS at Cincinnati + Pittsburgh LOSS at Cleveland 

AFC North

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    The Ravens and Steelers are still battling for the AFC North title. The Ravens hold the tiebreaker advantage over the Steelers. They both go on the road against divisional rivals in Week 17. Neither team can finish lower the second seed in the AFC if they win the division. Neither team can also finish lower than the fifth seed if they win the wild card.

    Baltimore can win the AFC North in the following ways:

    1) WIN at Cincinnati
    2) Pittsburgh LOSS at Cleveland 

    Baltimore can secure home-field advantage in the AFC in the following way:

    1) WIN at Cincinnati AND New England LOSS vs. Buffalo

    Pittsburgh can win the AFC North in the following way:

    1) WIN at Cleveland AND Baltimore LOSS at Cincinnati

    Pittsburgh can secure home-field advantage in the AFC in the following way:

    1) WIN at Cleveland AND Baltimore LOSS at Cincinnati AND New England LOSS vs. Buffalo

AFC South

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    The Houston Texas have clinched the AFC South and are locked in as the third seed.

AFC West

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    With San Diego and Kansas City eliminated from playoff contention, Oakland and Denver will duke it out against divisional rivals for the AFC West title. The AFC West champion will be locked in the fourth seed.

    Denver holds the tiebreaker advantage over Oakland and controls their own destiny as a result.

    Denver clinches the AFC West in the following way:

    1) WIN vs. Kansas City

    Oakland clinches the AFC West in the following way:

    1) WIN vs. San Diego AND Denver LOSS vs. Kansas City

AFC Wild Card

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    The team that finishes second in the AFC North will be awarded the first wild card spot and the fifth seed in the AFC.

    The sixth seed is a bit more hectic. There are five teams vying for the wild card spot (although Denver and Oakland are also playing for their own division). Cincinnati, New York, Denver, Oakland, and Tennessee all of a legitimate shot. 

    Cincinnati has the sixth seed right now with a 9-6 record.

    Denver cannot win the wild card. The only way they can get in is by winning the division because if they don't win the division, that means they have had to lose, which gives them eight wins and Cincinnati already has nine wins.

    Here are the ways each team can get that sixth spot:

    Oakland:

    1) Denver WIN vs. Kansas City + Oakland WIN vs. San Diego + Cincinnati LOSS vs. Baltimore + New York WIN at Miami
    2) Denver WIN vs. Kansas City + Oakland WIN vs. San Diego + Cincinnati LOSS vs. Baltimore + New York LOSS at Miami + Tennessee LOSS at Houston

    New York:

    1) WIN at Miami + Cincinnati LOSS vs. Baltimore + Tennessee LOSS at Houston + Oakland LOSS vs. San Diego 
    2) WIN at Miami + Cincinnati LOSS vs. Baltimore + Tennessee LOSS at Houston + Oakland WIN vs. San Diego + Denver LOSS vs. Kansas City

    Cincinnati:

    1) WIN vs. Baltimore
    2) LOSS vs. Baltimore + Oakland LOSS vs. San Diego + New York LOSS at Miami 
    3) LOSS vs. Baltimore + Oakland WIN vs. San Diego + Denver LOSS vs. Kansas City + New York LOSS at Miami 

    Tennessee:
    1) WIN at Houston + New York LOSS at Miami + Cincinnati LOSS vs. Baltimore + Oakland WIN vs. San Diego + Denver WIN vs. Kansas City
    2) WIN at Houston + New York WIN at Miami + Oakland LOSS vs. San Diego + Cincinnati LOSS vs. Baltimore
    3) WIN at Houston + New York WIN at Miami + Oakland WIN vs. San Diego + Denver LOSS vs. Kansas City + Cincinnati LOSS vs. Baltimore 

NFC East

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    The NFC East comes down to a showdown between the Cowboys and Giants. The winner wins the division and takes the fourth seed in the NFC. 

NFC North

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    The Packers have clinched the NFC North. They can wrap up home field in the following ways: 

    1) WIN one out of the next two games.
    2) If they LOSE the next two games, they need at least one loss from San Francisco 

NFC South

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    The New Orleans Saints can clinch the NFC South in the following ways:

    1) Defeating Atlanta on Monday
    2) Week 17 WIN
    3) Week 17 Atlanta LOSS 

    They can secure a bye week in the following way:

    1) TWO WINS against Atlanta AND San Francisco LOSS at St. Louis

NFC West

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    The San Francisco 49ers have clinched the NFC West. They can clinch a bye week in the following ways:

    1) WIN at St. Louis
    2) ONE New Orleans LOSS in the next two weeks

    They can also clinch home field in the following way:

    1) TWO Green Bay LOSSES AND WIN at St. Louis 

NFC Wild Card

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    Detroit has clinched a wild card spot already. Dallas and New York can't get wild card because the loser of next week's game will only have eight wins.

    Atlanta will clinch in the following way:

    1) WIN
    2) Chicago LOSS

    Chicago can only take the sixth seed. 

    If Atlanta clinches, they will still be battling for the fifth seed and they hold the tiebreaker advantage over Detroit. 

    If Atlanta loses to New Orleans on Monday, they can secure the fifth seed in the following way:

    1) WIN vs. Tampa Bay AND Detroit LOSS at Green Bay

    If Atlanta wins on Monday, they can secure the fifth seed in the following ways:

    1) WIN vs. Tampa Bay
    2) Detroit LOSS at Green Bay

    Chicago also has an outside shot for the wild card. They clinch if they win their last two games and Atlanta loses their last two games. 

     

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