WEEK 17: AFC Playoff Scenarios


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With yesterday win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the Pittsburgh Steelers have already solidified their first playoff appearance after being absent the previous two post seasons. Here are the scenarios on how they can move up in the seeding, as well as who can clinch a playoff spot for week 17.

AFC

CLINCHED: New England Patriots (first-round bye), Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers

ELIMINATED: Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills

The Patriots clinch home-field advantage in AFC (if Broncos beat Bengals) with:
1) a win
2) a tie plus a Broncos loss or tie
3) a Broncos loss

The Patriots clinch home-field advantage if Bengals beat Broncos.

The Broncos clinch a first-round bye with win over Bengals.

Broncos clinch home-field advantage (if they beat Bengals) with:
1) a win plus a Patriots loss or tie
2) a tie plus a Patriots loss

If Bengals beat Broncos, Denver clinches a first-round bye with:
1) a win or tie
2) a Bengals loss
3) a Bengals tie plus Colts win

If Bengals lose to Broncos, Cincinnati clinches AFC North with a win in Week 17.

If Bengals lose to Broncos, Cincinnati clinches playoff spot with:
1) a tie
2) a Ravens loss or tie
3) a Chargers loss

Bengals clinch playoff spot with win over Broncos.

Bengals clinch AFC North with win over Broncos plus a win or tie in Week 17.

If Bengals beat Broncos, Cincinnati clinches first-round bye with:
1) a win plus a Broncos loss or tie
2) a tie plus a Broncos loss and a Colts loss or tie

If Broncos beat Bengals, Steelers clinch AFC North with win or tie.

If Bengals beat Broncos, Steelers clinch AFC North with win.

If Broncos beat Bengals, Chargers clinch playoff spot with:
1) a win
2) a tie plus a Bengals loss
3) a tie plus a Ravens loss or tie

If Bengals beat Broncos, Chargers clinch playoff spot with:
1) a win
2) a tie plus a Ravens loss or tie

If Broncos beat Bengals, Ravens clinch a playoff spot with:
1) a win plus a Bengals loss
2) a win plus a Chargers loss or tie
3) a tie plus a Chargers loss

If Bengals beat Broncos, Ravens clinch playoff spot with:
1) a win plus a Chargers loss or tie
2) a tie plus a Chargers loss

The Chiefs clinch a playoff spot with: a win plus a Ravens loss and a Texans loss or tie.

The Texans clinch a playoff spot with: a win plus a Ravens loss and a Chargers loss.

Brian Christopher Jenkins