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NFL Playoff Scenarios - Week 15

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With the majority of the Week 15 NFL schedule being played today, we take a look at what playoff positions can be clinched today.

Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL schedule continues to advance toward

Starting in the AFC:

Clinched:

  • Denver clinched playoff berth
  • Indianapolis clinched AFC South

Kansas City Chiefs (10-3)
Currently 5th in AFC

Kansas City clinches a playoff berth with:

  • Kansas City win OR
  • Miami loss or tie OR
  • Baltimore loss or tie

New England Patriots (10-3)
Currently 2nd in AFC

New England clinches AFC East division title with:

  • New England win or tie

New England clinches playoff berth with:

  • Baltimore loss or tie

Cincinnati Bengals (9-4)
Currently 3rd in AFC

Cincinnati clinches AFC North division title with:

  • Cincinnati win and Baltimore loss or tie OR
  • Cincinnati tie and Baltimore loss

Cincinnati clinches a playoff berth with:

  • Cincinnati win and Miami loss or tie OR
  • Cincinnati tie and Miami loss

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And now in the NFC:

Clinched:

  • Seattle has clinched a playoff berth.

Seattle Seahawks (11-1)
Currently 1st in NFC

Seattle clinches a NFC West division title AND first-round bye with:

  • Seattle win and San Francisco loss or tie OR
  • Seattle tie and San Francisco loss

Seattle clinches top seed in NFC and home-field advantage with:

  • Seattle win and San Francisco loss or tie and New Orleans loss

New Orleans Saints (10-3)
Currently 2nd in NFC

New Orleans clinches a playoff berth with:

  • New Orleans win OR
  • New Orleans tie and Arizona loss or tie OR
  • New Orleans tie and San Francisco loss or tie OR
  • Arizona loss and Dallas loss or tie OR
  • Arizona loss and Philadelphia loss or tie OR
  • San Francisco loss and Dallas loss or tie and Arizona tie OR
  • San Francisco loss and Philadelphia loss or tie and Arizona tie

Carolina Panthers (9-4)
Currently 5th in NFC

Carolina clinches a playoff berth with:

  • Carolina win and Arizona loss and San Francisco loss and Dallas loss or tie
  • Carolina win and Arizona loss and San Francisco loss and Philadelphia loss or tie

San Francisco 49ers (9-4)
Currently 6th in NFC

San Francisco clinches a playoff berth with:

  • San Francisco win and Arizona loss and Dallas loss or tie OR
  • San Francisco win and Arizona loss and Philadelphia loss or tie