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NFL Week 18 playoff clinching scenarios: Full AFC, NFC breakdown



Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard (53), Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore II (23) and Indianapolis Colts safety Khari Willis (37) celebrate an interception during an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, in Indianapolis.

(*18*)There’s only one last round of games before the NFL’s playoffPicture falls into place completely.

(*18*)Entering Week 18As of now, 11 of 14 postseason berths are wrapped. Six of the eight divisions, and home-field advantage, have also been wrapped. NFCThe Green Bay Packers won the. However, there are many issues to resolve over the weekend. The AFC’s top seed is still up for grabs, with several teams having a shot at securing it, and seeding could fluctuate wildly depending on several different matchups.

(*18*)Here’s a look at all of the possible playoff clinchingVarious scenarios across the NFL for Week 18:

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(*18*)NFLWEEK 18 PICKS:Los Angeles Chargers or Las Vegas Raiders, with wild card at stake


(*18*)Clinched: Cincinnati Bengals – AFC North, Kansas City Chiefs – AFC West, Tennessee Titans – AFC South division title, Buffalo Bills – playoff berth, New England Patriots – playoff berth

(*18*)Baltimore Ravens (8-8). [vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7-1), Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET]

(*18*)Ravens clinch playoffBerth with:

(*18*)1. Ravens win + Chargers lose + Colts losing + Dolphins loss/tie

(*18*)Buffalo Bills (10-6) [vs. New York Jets (4-12), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET]

(*18*)Bills clinch AFC East division title with:

(*18*)1. Bills win OR

(*18*)2. Patriots loss OR

(*18*)3. Bills tie + Patriots tie

(*18*)Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) [at Cleveland Browns (7-9), Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET]

(*18*)Bengals clinches AFC’s No. 1 seed with

(*18*)1. Bengals win + Titans loss + Chiefs loss + Patriots loss or tie OR

(*18*)2. Bengals win + Titans loss + Chiefs loss + Bills win

(*18*)Indianapolis Colts (9-7) [at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14), Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET]

(*18*)Colts clinch playoff berth with:

(*18*)1. Colts win or tie OR

(*18*)2. Chargers loss + Steelers-Ravens tie OR

(*18*)3. Chargers loss + Steelers loss + Dolphins win

(*18*)Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) [at Denver Broncos (7-9), Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET]

(*18*)Chiefs clinch AFC’s No. 1 seed:

(*18*)1. Chiefs win + Titans loss or tie OR

(*18*)2. Chiefs tie + Titans loss

(*18*)Las Vegas Raiders (9-7) [vs. Los Angeles Chargers (9-7), Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET]

(*18*)Raiders clinch playoffBerth with:

(*18*)1. Raiders win OR

(*18*)2. Raiders tie + Colts loss OR

(*18*)3. Colts loss + Steelers loss or tie

(*18*)Los Angeles Chargers (9-7) [at Las Vegas Raiders (9-7), Sunday, 8:20 PM ET]

(*18*)Chargers clinch playoffBerth with:

(*18*)1. Chargers win or tie

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

(*18*)Patriots clinch AFC’s No. 1 seed with:

(*18*)1. Patriots win + Bills loss or tie + Chiefs loss + Titans loss

(*18*)Patriots clinch AFC East division title with:

(*18*)1. Patriots win + Bills loss or tie OR

(*18*)2. Patriots tie + Bills loss

(*18*)Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7-1) [at Baltimore Ravens (8-8), Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET]

(*18*)Steelers clinch playoffBerth with:

(*18*)1. Steelers win + Colts loss + Chargers-Raiders game does not end in a tie

(*18*)Tennessee Titans (11-5) [at Houston Texans (4-12), Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET]

(*18*)Titans clinches AFC’s No. 1 seed with:

(*18*)1. Titans win OR

(*18*)2. Titans tie + Chiefs loss or tie OR

(*18*)3. Chiefs loss + Bengals loss or tie + Patriots loss or tie OR

(*18*)4. Chiefs loss + Bengals loss or tie + Bills win


(*18*)Clinched: Green Bay Packers – NFC North + No. 1 seed, Dallas Cowboys – NFC East,  Tampa Bay Buccaneers – NFC South, Arizona Cardinals – playoff berth, Los Angeles Rams – playoff berth, Philadelphia Eagles -– playoff berth

(*18*)Arizona Cardinals (11-5) [vs. Seattle Seahawks (6-10), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET]

(*18*)Cardinals clinch NFC West division title with:

(*18*)1. Cardinals win + Rams loss

(*18*)Los Angeles Rams (12-4) [vs. San Francisco (9-7), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET]

(*18*)Rams clinch NFC West division title with:

(*18*)1. Rams win or tie OR

(*18*)2. Cardinals loss or tie

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

(*18*)Saints clinch playoffBerth with:

(*18*)1. Saints win + 49ers loss

(*18*)San Francisco 49ers (9-7) [at Los Angeles Rams (12-4), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET]

(*18*)49ers clinch playoffBerth with:

(*18*)1. 49ers win or tie OR

(*18*)2. Saints loss or tie