As the final week of the season approaches there are still a lot of possible playoff senarios in play.  

 

Here's what we know at the moment:

 

The Denver Broncos have won the AFC West and earned a first round bye.   The New England Patriots have won the AFC East, the Cincinnati Bengals are the AFC North champs and the Indiapolis Colts are the masters of the AFC South.  The Kansas City Chiefs are assured a spot in the playoffs, but won't know their seeding until after this week's games are played.


Here's the following playoff scenarios for Week 17:

 

DENVER BRONCOS (at Oak)

 

Denver clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

 

1)    DEN win or tie OR

 

2)    NE loss or tie

 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (vs. Buf)

 

New England clinches a first-round bye with:

 

1)    NE win or tie OR

 

2)    CIN loss or tie + IND loss or tie

 

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

 

1)    NE win + DEN loss

 

CINCINNATI BENGALS (vs. Bal)

 

Cincinnati clinches a first-round bye with:

 

1)    CIN win + NE loss


INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (vs. Jax)

 

Indianapolis clinches a first-round bye with:

 

1)    IND win + NE loss + CIN loss or tie

 

MIAMI DOLPHINS (vs. NYJ)

 

Miami clinches a playoff spot with:

 

1)    MIA win + BAL loss or tie OR

 

2)    MIA win + SD win OR

 

3)    MIA tie + BAL loss + SD loss or tie OR

 

4)    MIA tie + BAL tie + SD tie

 

BALTIMORE RAVENS (at Cin)

 

Baltimore clinches a playoff spot with:

 

1)    BAL win + SD loss or tie OR

 

2)    BAL win + MIA loss or tie OR

 

3)    BAL tie + MIA loss + SD loss or tie OR

 

4)    BAL tie + MIA tie + SD loss OR

 

5)    MIA loss + SD loss + PIT loss or tie

 

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (vs. KC)

 

San Diego clinches a playoff spot with:

 

1)    SD win + MIA loss or tie + BAL loss or tie OR

 

2)    SD tie + MIA loss + BAL loss

 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (vs. Cle)


Pittsburgh clinches a playoff spot with:

 

1)    PIT win + MIA loss + BAL loss + SD loss