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2015 NFL Playoffs: AFC clinching scenarios in week 16

The Ravens are out of it and have been for a little while now, but that doesn't mean that your next favorite team isn't about to make the cut for the 2015 NFL playoffs. Even the AFC North has two teams ready to represent in the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers, both with their own clinching scenarios this week. Let's take a look at who can claim a spot and how they can do it. The Ravens can play spoiler this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers by beating them and giving a few other teams better chances at keeping the Steelers out.

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The Ravens are out of it and have been for a little while now, but that doesn't mean that your next favorite team isn't about to make the cut for the 2015 NFL playoffs. Even the AFC North has two teams ready to represent in the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers, both with their own clinching scenarios this week. Let's take a look at who can claim a spot and how they can do it. The Ravens can play spoiler this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers by beating them and giving a few other teams better chances at keeping the Steelers out.

Already in:

New England Patriots - Won the AFC East and get a first-round bye

Cincinnati Bengals - Guaranteed a playoff spot, but can improve their seeding


Clinch scenarios:

Cincinnati Bengals

Clinch the AFC North and a first-round bye:

  1. Win against Denver Broncos
Clinch AFC North:
  1. Pittsburgh Steelers loss against Baltimore Ravens


Denver Broncos

Clinch AFC West:
  1. Win against Cincinnati Bengals + Kansas City Chiefs loss against Cleveland Browns
Clinch playoff berth:
  1. Win against Cincinnati Bengals


Houston Texans

Clinch AFC South:

Kansas City Chiefs

Clinch playoff berth:
  1. Win against Cleveland Browns + Pittsburgh Steelers loss against Baltimore Ravens
  2. Win against Cleveland Browns + New York Jets loss against New England Patriots

New England Patriots

Clinch home-field advantage:
  1. Win


Pittsburgh Steelers

Clinch playoff berth:
  1. Win against Baltimore Ravens + New York Jets loss against New England Patriots