NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Packers, Seahawks, 49ers, others in Week 15


first_imgFor the most part, the teams that had NFL playoff clinching scenarios in play for Week 15 based on the current playoff picture are the same teams that had chances to earn postseason berths or division titles last week.The Ravens, for example, clinched a playoff berth last week and won the AFC North title with their victory over the Jets on Thursday, but they had more clinching scenarios in front of them Sunday, when they had opportunities to clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs based on other results. The Patriots, Bills, 49ers and Seahawks failed to clinch playoff berths last week despite the scenarios that were in play, but all four had chances again in Week 15. Bills win(UPDATE: The Bills clinched a playoff berth with their win over the Steelers on Sunday.)NFL playoff pictureAFCSeedTeamRecordClinched1.Baltimore Ravens12-2Division; playoff berth2.New England Patriots11-3Playoff berth3.Kansas City Chiefs10-4Division; playoff berth4.Houston Texans9-5-5.Buffalo Bills10-4Playoff berth6.Pittsburgh Steelers8-6-In the hunt: Titans (8-6), Colts (6-7), Browns (6-8), Raiders (6-8)NFCSeedTeamRecordClinched1.Seattle Seahawks11-3Playoff berth2.Green Bay Packers11-3Playoff berth3.New Orleans Saints10-3Division; playoff berth4.Dallas Cowboys7-7-5.San Francisco 49ers11-3Playoff berth6.Minnesota Vikings10-4-In the hunt: Rams (8-6), Eagles (7-7) MORE: Current NFL playoff pictureThe Packers, meanwhile, were presented their first chance to clinch a playoff berth this season, although their clinching scenario required some help from another NFC contender.Below are all the NFL playoff clinching scenarios for the six teams that had chances to stamp their postseason status in Week 15, followed by a complete playoff picture.NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 15Green Bay Packers (11-3)(vs. Bears)Packers clinch playoff berth with:Packers win AND Rams loss or tie ORPackers tie AND Rams loss(UPDATE: The Packers clinched a playoff berth with their win over the Bears and the Rams’ loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.)San Francisco 49ers​ (11-3)(vs. Falcons)49ers clinch playoff berth with:49ers win or tie ORRams loss or tie ORVikings loss AND Packers loss(UPDATE: The 49ers clinched a playoff berth with the Rams’ loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.)Seattle Seahawks (11-3)(at Panthers)Seahawks clinch playoff berth with:Seahawks win AND Rams loss or tie ORSeahawks win AND Vikings loss ORSeahawks win AND Packers loss AND Vikings tie ORSeahawks tie AND Rams loss(UPDATE: The Seahawks clinched a playoff berth with their win over the Panthers and the Rams’ loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.)Baltimore Ravens (12-2)(vs. Jets)Ravens clinch first-round bye in playoffs with:Ravens win AND Patriots loss ORRavens win AND Chiefs loss or tie ORRavens tie AND Chiefs lossRavens clinch AFC North title with:Ravens win or tie ORSteelers loss or tie(UPDATE: The Ravens clinched the AFC North with their win over the Jets on Thursday.)New England Patriots (11-3)(at Bengals)Patriots clinch playoff berth with:Patriots win or tie(UPDATE: The Patriots clinched a playoff berth with their win over the Bengals on Sunday.)Buffalo Bills (10-4)(at Steelers)Bills clinch playoff berth with:last_img

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