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2017 Playoff Picture

A look at the 2017 playoff picture

Before we get started on this, there are more scenarios involving ties, but ties are so rare we won't waste our time writing about them nor your time reading about them. To that end, here's a graphic offering a quick glance at the scenarios outlined below.

Here is a look at the playoff teams. Some have clinched and are locked into their playoff spot. Most, however, have something to play for in Week 17. There are six teams trying to squeeze into the last three playoff spots.

The AFC Picture

New England Patriots

  • Clinched the AFC East and a first-round bye
  • Still playing for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and need:
    • A New England win OR
    • A Pittsburgh loss

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Clinched the AFC East and a first-round bye
  • Still playing for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and need:
    • A Pittsburgh win AND a New England loss

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Clinched the AFC South
  • Nothing to play for - locked into the No. 3 seed in the AFC

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Clinched the AFC West
  • Nothing to play for - locked into the No. 4 seed in the AFC

Baltimore Ravens

  • Still playing for a playoff berth and need:
    • A Baltimore win OR
    • A Buffalo loss OR
    • A Tennessee loss

Tennessee Titans

  • Still playing for a playoff berth and need:
    • A Tennessee win OR
    • A Buffalo loss AND an LA Chargers loss

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Still playing for a playoff berth and need:
    • An LA Chargers win AND a Tennessee loss AND a Buffalo loss
    • An LA Chargers win AND a Tennessee loss AND a Baltimore win

Buffalo Bills

  • Still playing for a playoff berth and need:
    • A Buffalo win AND a Baltimore loss
    • A Buffalo win AND an LA Chargers loss AND a Tennessee loss

The NFC Picture

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Clinched the NFC East, a first-round, and home-field throughout the playoffs
  • Nothing to play for - locked into the No. 1 seed in the NFC

Minnesota Vikings

  • Clinched the NFC North
  • Still playing for a first-round bye and need:
    • A Minnesota win OR
    • A Carolina loss OR
    • A New Orleans win OR
    • An LA Rams win

Los Angeles Rams

  • Clinched the NFC West
  • Still playing for the No. 3 seed and need:
    • An LA Rams win OR
    • A New Orleans loss AND a Carolina loss

New Orleans Saints

  • Clinched a playoff spot
  • Still playing for the NFC South and need:
    • A New Orleans win or
    • A Carolina loss

Carolina Panthers

  • Clinched a playoff spot
  • Still playing for a first-round bye and need:
    • A Carolina win AND a New Orleans loss AND a Minnesota loss AND an LA Rams loss
  • Still playing for the NFC South and need:
    • A Carolina win AND a New Orleans loss

Atlanta Falcons

  • Still playing for a playoff berth and need:
    • An Atlanta win OR
    • A Seattle loss

Seattle Seahawks

  • Still playing for a playoff berth and need:
    • A Seattle win AND an Atlanta loss

Early Games that Matter

  • New York Jets at New England Patriots
  • Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings
  • Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers

Late Games that Matter

  • San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams
  • Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers
  • Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans
  • New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins
  • Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks
  • Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
  • Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens