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NFL Week 14 Playoff Scenarios

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Pittsburgh Steelers v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The NFL schedule has moved to Week 14, which means we are closing in on the end of the season. With just four games remaining for each team, the playoff clinching scenarios are beginning to shake themselves out, with several teams in each conference able to lock themselves into the postseason tournament this weekend.

Currently, the Pittsburgh Steelers are leading the AFC playoff picture, with the New England Patriots just behind them, with both teams at 10-2. The third seed in the AFC currently belongs to the 8-4 Tennessee Titans, while the Kansas City Chiefs are 6-6 and in the fourth seed. The two Wildcard teams are the Jacksonville Jaguars (8-4, 5th seed) and the Baltimore Ravens (7-5, 6th seed).

On the NFC side of the bracket, the Minnesota Vikings currently hold the top spot at 10-2, tied with the Philadelphia Eagles, who are in the second position. The Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints are both 9-3 on the year, holding the third- and fourth-seeds, respectively. The Wildcards are currently held by the fifth-seeded Seattle Seahawks and the sixth-seeded Carolina Panthers, with both teams having 8-4 records.

The full standings for each conference currently looks like:

AFC Playoff Picture

1 - Pittsburgh Steelers (10-2, AFC North leader)

2 - New England Patriots (10-2, AFC East leader)

3 - Tennessee Titans (8-4, AFC South leader)

4 - Kansas City Chiefs (6-6, AFC West leader)

5 - Jacksonville Jaguars (8-4, Wildcard 1)

6 - Baltimore Ravens (7-5, Wildcard 2)

Los Angeles Chargers (6-6)
Buffalo Bills (6-6)
Oakland Raiders (6-6)
New York Jets (5-7)
Miami Dolphins (5-7)
Cincinnati Bengals (5-7)
Houston Texans (4-8)
Indianapolis Colts (3-9)
Denver Broncos (3-9)

Eliminated: Cleveland Browns (0-12)

NFC Playoff Picture

1 - Minnesota Vikings (10-2, NFC North leader)

2 - Philadelphia Eagles (10-2, NFC East leader)

3 - Los Angeles Rams (9-3, NFC West leader)

4 - New Orleans Saints (9-3, NFC South leader)

5 - Seattle Seahawks (8-4, Wildcard 1)

6 - Carolina Panthers (8-4, Wildcard 2)

Atlanta Falcons (7-5)
Detroit Lions (6-6)
Green Bay Packers (6-6)
Dallas Cowboys (6-6)
Washington Redskins (5-7)
Arizona Cardinals (5-7)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-8)

Eliminated: Chicago Bears (3-9), San Francisco 49ers (2-10), New York Giants (2-10)

There are three teams who can clinch a position in the playoffs, or even clinch their division title, this weekend for the AFC, while there are four teams in the NFC that can do the same:

AFC Playoff Clinching Scenarios:

New England Patriots:

Clinch AFC East with:

  • Win or tie at Miami OR
  • Buffalo loss or tie

Pittsburgh Steelers:

Clinch AFC North with:

  • Win or tie vs Cincinnati

Clinch playoff berth with:

  • Buffalo loss or tie

Jacksonville Jaguars:

Clinch playoff berth with:

  • Win vs. Seattle AND Buffalo loss AND Miami loss/tie AND New York Jets loss/tie AND Los Angeles Chargers loss/tie AND Oakland-Kansas City do not tie

NFC Playoff Clinching Scenarios:

Philadelphia Eagles:

Clinch NFC East with:

  • Win or tie at Los Angeles Rams OR
  • Dallas loss or tie

Minnesota Vikings:

Clinch NFC North with:

  • Win or tie at Carolina OR
  • Detroit loss/tie AND Green Bay loss/tie

Los Angeles Rams:

Clinch playoff berth with:

  • Win vs. Philadelphia AND Detroit loss/tie AND Green Bay loss/tie AND Dallas loss/tie AND Carolina loss AND Atlanta loss

New Orleans Saints:

Clinch playoff berth with:

  • Saints win at Atlanta AND Carolina loss/tie AND Dallas loss/tie OR
  • Saints win at Atlanta AND Carolina loss AND Detroit loss/tie OR
  • Saints win at Atlanta AND Detroit loss/tie AND Green Bay loss/tie OR
  • Saints win at Atlanta AND Carolina loss AND Saints clinch strength of victory over Dallas OR
  • Saints win at Atlanta AND Carolina tie AND Saints clinch strength of victory over Dallas and Green Bay OR
  • Saints win at Atlanta AND Carolina tie AND Green Bay loss/tie AND Saints clinch strength of victory over Dallas