NFL Playoff Scenarios | Week #16 | Dec 22, 2013
The Colts, Chiefs, Broncos, and Seahawks have all clinched a playoff berth.That leaves 8 more playoff spots available. Here is what each of the 12 teams still alive have to do to make it to the playoffs.
San Diego Chargers (7-7)
Need to win out and need Baltimore and Miami to both lose their final two games. Highly unlikely.
Cincinnati Bengals (9-5)
A week #16 win by the Bengals and loss by the Ravens gives Cincy the AFC North crown.Two Bengals wins and at least 1 Dolphins loss would guarantee them a wild card berth.The Bengals still have a shot at a 1st round bye as well. Cincy finishes with two home games vs. the Vikings and Ravens.
Baltimore Ravens (8-6)
If the Ravens win their final two games (vs. Patriots and at Bengals) they clinch the AFC North. Plus, if the Ravens win 1 of their final two games and the Dolphins lose 1 of their final two games they make the playoffs. Two Bengals losses (1 of them to the Ravens in week #17) would assure the Ravens of the division as well.Baltimore can still finish as high as the #2 seed or even miss the playoffs.
Pittsburgh Steelers (6-8)
The Steelers need a festivous miracle to make the playoffs. They need Baltimore and Miami to each lose their final two games, the Jets to win their final two games (vs. CLE and MIA), and San Diego to lose 1 of their final two games.
Chicago Bears (8-6)
The Bears need to win their division to get into the playoffs.If they win their final two games (@ Eagles, vs. Packers) they win the NFC North. Losses by either Green Bay or Detroit would make life easier for Chicago.
Green Bay Packers (7-6-1)
Somehow the Packers are still alive even without Aaron Rodgers. If the Pack get a week #16 win vs. the Steelers it will set up a week #17 game vs. the Bears which could decide the NFC North.
Detroit Lions (7-7)
The Lions are looking to win the NFC North. To have any chance of this they need to win their final two games vs. Giants and @ Minnesota and get at least one loss from both the Packers and Bears.
Kansas City Chiefs (11-3)
Already clinched a playoff berth. They are tied with the Broncos for the division but Denver owns the tiebreaker. If they can’t catch Denver they are looking at a round 1 road playoff game.
Denver Broncos (11-3)
Denver has clinched at least a wild card berth. They are tied with the Chiefs for the AFC West title but own the tiebreaker meaning if they match the Chiefs in the final two games they will win the division.
Carolina Panthers (10-4)
If they win their final two games including a week #16 match vs. the Saints they will win their division. They are 1 game ahead of the Cardinals and need to finish the season that way as Arizona owns the tiebreaker vs. them. They finish the season in Atlanta.
New Orleans Saints (10-4)
If they win 1 of their final 2 games they clinch a playoff berth. A week #16 win over the Panthers gives the Saints the NFC South title. The Saints also make the playoffs with 1 loss by Arizona or two San Francisco losses.
Indianapolis Colts (9-5)
They have locked up the AFC South title but are still fighting for seeding. Most likely they host a wild card game.
Dallas Cowboys (7-7)
If they win their final two games they clinch the NFC East. they can also make the playoffs more easily with a week #16 loss from the Eagles. Dallas finishes up the season with a game in Washington and a game at home vs. the Eagles.
Philadelphia Eagles (8-6)
The Eagles need to win the NFC East to make the playoffs. A week #16 win vs the Bears and a week #16 loss by the Cowboys at Washington would accomplish this. Otherwise the week #17 showdown between the Eagles and Cowboys will determine the division winner.
Miami Dolphins (8-6)
Any Dolphins loss or Patriots win in the final two games give New England the division. However, if Miami wins their final two games they are assured of a Wild Card berth due to Baltimore and Cincy playing each other in week #17.
New England Patriots (10-4)
The Pats need to win just 1 of their final two games to clinch the AFC East. It is still possible New England could not even make the playoffs but is highly unlikely. The Ravens and Dolphins would have to win their final two games, the Bengals would have to finish 1-1, and the Patriots would have to lose their final two games (@ Ravens, vs. Bills).
Arizona Cardinals (9-5)
Arizona trails both San Francisco and Carolina by one game but they do own the tiebreaker vs. Carolina. However, they do have a tough final two games: at Seattle and vs. San Fran.
San Francisco 49ers (10-4)
The 49ers need to win just of their final two games (vs. Falcons, @ Cardinals) to make the playoffs. A week #16 loss by Arizona to Seattle also ensures the 49ers of a playoff spot. Two 49ers wins and two Seahawks losses would give San Fran the division title.
Seattle Seahawks (12-2)
Seattle has clinched a wild card berth. They need one win or one 49ers loss to secure the NFC West tile.