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NFL Playoff Scenarios For Week 17

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Here are the playoff scenarios from the NFL for the entire league starting with what the Ravens have to do next Sunday in their week 17 game at the Cincinnati Bengals. Speaking of the Bengals, this game is almost more important for them, as the Ravens are in the post season regardless of the outcome, while Cincinnati needs to win to make the playoffs.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Baltimore clinches AFC North Division and a first-round bye:

1) BAL win

2) BAL tie + PIT loss or tie

3) PIT loss

Baltimore clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs:

1) BAL win + NE loss

(See the rest of the AFC and NFC after the'Jump')

AFC

CLINCHED: New England Patriots -- East Division and a first-round bye.

Houston Texans -- South Division.

Baltimore Ravens -- wild card spot.

Pittsburgh Steelers -- wild card spot.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs:

1) NE win or tie

2) BAL loss or tie + PIT loss or tie

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Pittsburgh clinches AFC North Division and a first-round bye:

1) PIT win + BAL loss or tie

2) PIT tie + BAL loss

Pittsburgh clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs:

1) PIT win + BAL loss or tie + NE loss

DENVER BRONCOS

Denver clinches AFC West Division:

1) DEN win

2) DEN tie + OAK loss or tie

3) OAK loss

OAKLAND RAIDERS

Oakland clinches AFC West Division:

1) OAK win + DEN loss or tie

2) OAK tie + DEN loss

Oakland clinches a wild card spot:

1) OAK win + CIN loss + TEN loss or tie

2) OAK win + CIN loss + NYJ win

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Cincinnati clinches a wild card spot:

1) CIN win or tie

2) NYJ loss or tie + OAK loss or tie

3) NYJ loss or tie + DEN loss or tie

NEW YORK JETS

NY Jets clinch a wild card spot:

1) NYJ win + CIN loss + TEN loss or tie + OAK loss or tie

2) NYJ win + CIN loss + TEN loss or tie + DEN loss or tie

TENNESSEE TITANS

Tennessee clinches a wild card spot:

1) TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ win + OAK loss or tie

2) TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ win + DEN loss or tie

3) TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ loss or tie + OAK win + DEN win

NFC

CLINCHED: Green Bay Packers -- North Division and first-round bye.

San Francisco 49ers -- West Division.

New Orleans Saints -- South Division

Detroit Lions -- wild card spot.

Atlanta Falcons -- wild card spot.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Green Bay clinched home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs:

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

San Francisco clinches a first-round bye:

1) SF win

2) SF tie + NO loss or tie

3) NO loss

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

New Orleans clinched NFC South Division


New Orleans clinches a first-round bye:

1) NO win + SF loss or tie

2) NO win or tie + SF loss

NEW YORK GIANTS

NY Giants clinch NFC East Division:

1) NYG win or tie

DALLAS COWBOYS

Dallas clinches NFC East Division:

1) DAL win