NFL Playoff Clinching Scenarios for NFL Week 18

Playoff Clinching Scenarios for the NFL in Week 18

AFC

CLINCHED:

Cincinnati Bengals – AFC North division title

Kansas City Chiefs – AFC West division title

Tennessee Titans – AFC South division title

Buffalo Bills – playoff berth

New England Patriots – playoff berth

Baltimore clinches playoff berth with:

  1. BAL win + LAC loss + IND loss + MIA loss or tie

Buffalo clinches AFC East division title with:

  1. BUF win OR
  2. NE loss OR
  3. BUF tie + NE tie

Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) (at Cleveland (7-9), Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX)

Cincinnati clinches AFC’s No. 1 seed, only first-round bye and home-field advantage with:

  1. CIN win + TEN loss + KC loss + NE loss or tie OR
  2. CIN win + TEN loss + KC loss + BUF win

Indianapolis clinches playoff berth with:

  1. IND win or tie OR
  2. LAC loss + BAL-PIT tie OR
  3. LAC loss + PIT loss + MIA win

Kansas City clinches AFC’s No. 1 seed, only first-round bye and home-field advantage with:

  1. KC win + TEN loss or tie OR
  2. KC tie + TEN loss

Las Vegas clinches playoff berth with:

  1. LV win OR
  2. LV tie + IND loss OR
  3. IND loss + PIT loss or tie

Los Angeles Chargers clinch playoff berth with:

1. LAC win or tie

New England Patriots (10-6) (at Miami (8-8), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)

New England clinches AFC’s No. 1 seed, only first-round bye and home-field advantage with:

  1. NE win + BUF loss or tie + KC loss + TEN loss

New England clinches AFC East division title with:

  1. NE win + BUF loss or tie OR
  2. NE tie + BUF loss

Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7-1) (at Baltimore (8-8), Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS)

Pittsburgh clinches playoff berth with:

  1. PIT win + IND loss + LV-LAC game does not end in a tie

Tennessee clinches AFC’s No. 1 seed, only first-round bye and home-field advantage with:

  1. TEN win OR
  2. TEN tie + KC loss or tie OR
  3. KC loss + CIN loss or tie + NE loss or tie OR
  4. KC loss + CIN loss or tie + BUF win

NFC

CLINCHED:

Green Bay Packers — NFC North division title, No. 1 seed, only first-round bye and home-field advantage

Dallas Cowboys — NFC East division title

Tampa Bay Buccaneers — NFC South division title

Arizona Cardinals — playoff berth

Los Angeles Rams — playoff berth

Philadelphia Eagles — playoff berth

Arizona Cardinals (11-5) (vs. Seattle (6-10), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)

Arizona clinches NFC West division title with:

  1. ARI win + LAR loss

Los Angeles Rams clinch NFC West division title with:

  1. LAR win or tie OR
  2. ARI loss or tie

New Orleans Saints (8-8) (at Atlanta (7-9), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)

New Orleans clinches playoff berth with:

  1. NO win + SF loss

San Francisco clinches playoff berth with:

  1. SF win or tie OR
  2. NO loss or tie

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David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]