Playoff scenarios for Week 16

Posted Dec. 20, 2011 @ 1:21 p.m.
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Here are the NFL playoff scenarios for Week 16:

AFC

CLINCHED: Houston (AFC South); New England (AFC East); Baltimore (playoff spot); Pittsburgh (playoff spot).

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

New England clinches a first-round bye with:

1)    NE win + HOU loss or tie OR

2)    NE win + PIT loss or tie + BAL loss or tie OR

3)    NE tie + HOU loss OR

4)    NE tie + PIT loss + BAL loss

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

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

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Baltimore clinches AFC North division with:

1)    BAL win + PIT loss

Baltimore clinches a first-round bye with:

1)    BAL win + PIT loss + HOU loss

DENVER BRONCOS

Denver clinches AFC West division with:

1)    DEN win + OAK loss or tie OR

2)    DEN tie + OAK loss + SD loss or tie

Denver clinches a playoff spot with:

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

 

NFC

CLINCHED: Green Bay (NFC North and first-round bye); San Francisco (NFC West); New Orleans (playoff spot)

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Green Bay clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

1)    GB win or tie OR

2)    SF loss or tie

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

San Francisco clinches a first-round bye with:

1)    SF win + NO loss

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

New Orleans clinches NFC South division with:

1)    NO win or tie

DALLAS COWBOYS

Dallas clinches NFC East division with:

1)    DAL win + NYG loss or tie OR

2)    DAL tie + NYG loss

ATLANTA FALCONS

Atlanta clinches a playoff spot with:

1)    ATL win or tie OR

2)    DAL loss or tie + CHI loss or tie + ARI loss or tie OR

3)    NYG loss or tie + CHI loss or tie + ARI loss or tie

DETROIT LIONS

Detroit clinches a playoff spot with:

1)    DET win or tie OR

2)    CHI loss or tie + ARI loss or tie + SEA loss or tie + DAL loss or tie OR

3)    CHI loss or tie + ARI loss or tie + SEA loss or tie + NYG loss or tie OR

4)    CHI loss or tie + ARI loss or tie + SEA loss or tie + ATL win or tie