NFL Week 17 – Playoff Clinching Scenarios

The second season of 17 games has come upon us. There will be one more week (Week 18) but this weekend’s NFL Week 17 playoff-clinching scenarios guide is here!

Which teams clinched the playoffs?

In the AFC the following teams will be playing in the 2022 NFL Season Playoffs:

  • Buffalo Bills (12-3): will clinch AFC first-round bye with Week 17 win + KC loss
  • Kansas City Chiefs (12-3)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (11-4): will clinch AFC North with Week 17 win + BAL loss or Tie OR CIN Week 17 tie + BAL loss
  • Baltimore Ravens (10-5)
  • Los Angeles Chargers (9-6)

AFC – IN THE HUNT WEEK 17 PLAYOFF-CLINCHING SCENARIOS

Jacksonville Jaguars (7-8): Scenarios to clinch the playoffs (Week 17: @ Houston Texans)

  • The Jaguars beat the Texans on Sunday then lose to the Titans in Week 18
  • The Dolphins lose to the Patriots in Week 17 and the Jets in Week 18
  • The Jets lose at the Seahawks in Week 17
  • The Bills beat the Patriots in Week 18
  • The Steelers lose at the Ravens in Week 17 and at home against the Browns in Week 18
  • Then the Jaguars would be the seventh seed in the AFC playoffs as a wild card team with a record of 8-9 and would face the number two seed, likely the Chiefs or Bills.
  • If the Jaguars and Titans enter the final week with the same record and the final game ends in a tie, the Jaguars would win because of a better head-to-head record against the Titans.

Miami Dolphins (8-7): Scenarios to clinch the playoffs (Week 17: at New England Patriots)

  • The Dolphins beat the Patriots in Week 17 and the New York Jets lose or tie in Week 17
  • The Dolphins tie the Patriots in Week 17 and the New York Jets loses + The Steelers lose or tie in Week 17

In the NFC the following teams will be playing in the 2022 NFL Playoffs

  • Philadelphia Eagles (13-2): will clinch NFC East title with PHI win or PHI tie + MIN loss or Tie OR DAL loss or Tie + MIN loss + SF loss or tie
  • Minnesota Vikings (12-3)
  • San Francisco 49ers (11-4)
  • Dallas Cowboys (11-4)

NFC – IN THE HUNT WEEK 17 PLAYOFF CLINCHING SCENARIOS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-8): Scenarios to clinch the playoffs (Week 17: vs Carolina Panthers)

  • The Buccaneers beat the Panthers in Week 17 (also will win the division title)

New York Giants (8-6-1): Scenarios to clinch the playoffs (Week 17: vs Indianapolis Colts)

  • NYG win OR
  • NYG tie + SEA loss or tie + WAS loss or tie OR
  • NYG tie + SEA loss or tie + DET loss or tie OR
  • NYG tie + WAS loss or tie + DET loss or tie + GB loss or tie OR
  • SEA loss + WAS loss OR
  • SEA loss + DET loss + GB loss or tie OR
  • WAS loss + DET loss + GB loss

Washington Commanders (7-7-1): Scenarios to clinch the playoffs (Week 17: vs Cleveland Browns)

  • Commanders beat the Browns in Week 17 and + SEA loss + DET loss + GB loss or tie

Official NFL.com Release


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